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Daniel Bryan shockingly turns heel, wins WWE title on SmackDown Live

Daniel Bryan shockingly turns heel, wins WWE title on SmackDown Live

If I had told you on the day that Daniel Bryan announced his return to the ring that, within a year, he would go on to win the WWE championship, how would you have pictured it? A big Wrestlemania moment with Bryan dethroning a major heel, going full circle from Wrestlemania 30? Maybe Bryan beating another top face in a classic match, with a show of respect after?

I don't think it crossed anyone's mind that within eight months of his triumphant and emotional return, Bryan would end Styles' long reign as champion by low-blowing him and cheating to win the title, with the fans raining down boos.

Yes, that is how SmackDown Live ended on Tuesday night in St. Louis: Bryan...

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