WWE Smackdown: Bray Wyatt asks Daniel Bryan to join his faction
Last Updated: 09/12/13 2:16pm
Orton and Bryan locked horns on Smackdown - until The Wyatt Family emerged
Daniel Bryan is a wanted man.
Bray Wyatt had previously revealed his intent to recruit the submission specialist into the Wyatt Family and he stated it again in the closing stages of Friday Night Smackdown, after his mignons had cost Bryan his match against Randy Orton.
Bryan - who battled the Viper for possession of the WWE Title throughout the late summer and early autumn - fought gamely against his opponent, who will meet John Cena in an epic champion versus champion match at WWE TLC.
But, in the heat of battle, the lights inside the arena shut down and when they were reactivated, Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan lurked menacingly at ringside, distracting Bryan and allowing Orton to floor his foe with an RKO.
However, as the bearded grappler came to his sense, Wyatt's voice boomed from the Titantron, with the sermon-spewing Superstar urging Bryan to "join us" ahead of his brood's three-on-one handicap bout against the three-time WWE Champion in Texas.
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