WWE Raw: Daniel Bryan batters Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista in Washington, DC
But The Undertaker feels the force of the beastly Brock Lesnar
Last Updated: 01/04/14 7:40pm
Bryan: can he beat Triple H at 'Mania - and then Orton and Batista?
You can't keep a determined beard down.
Daniel Bryan was given the final Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania off by his Show of Shows opponent Triple H and sent packing to New Orleans early ahead of Sunday's star-laden pay-per-view.
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Or so we thought.
Bryan does what he wants, you see, and instead of journeying to the Big Easy, he opted to interfere in Monday evening's no-disqualification main event between Randy Orton and Batista in Washington, DC.
The submission specialist leapt over the barricade just as Orton looked set to level Batista with an RKO, and battered the on-looking Triple H, who had earlier vowed to clobber Bryan at 'Mania, with an attack of venomous proportions.
The Seattle native then hit Batista with a Running Knee and Orton with a kick to the head to show that not only might he vanquish The Game in New Orleans, but that he also has a real chance of beating the Viper and the Animal - and plucking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
John Cena will not contest for a title at WrestleMania, with his sole intention to down the man who has made his life a misery since the Royal Rumble event in Pittsburgh in January: Bray Wyatt.
And the Ceantion Leader won the mind games on Raw when, after Wyatt had quickly disposed of R-Truth and Luke Harper had clotheslined Xavier Woods, he appeared from the shadows, removed a mask and gave Wyatt and his backwoods brutes an almighty fright.
The Undertaker was left reeling, too, after he was clubbed by and received an F5 from Brock Lesnar, just six days before he puts his 21-0 undefeated streak at the Showcase of the Immortals on the line against the Beast Incarnate.
A special edition of Piper's Pit descended into chaos when "Rowdy" Roddy Piper prodded The Miz in the eye and the vast majority of the combatants in Sunday's Andre the Giant Battle Royal became embroiled in a massive melee.
Plus, Alberto Del Rio beat Big E - thanks to a ferocious stomp on the turnbuckle and a potent boot to the skull - and The Rhodes Brothers, Cody Rhodes and Goldust, overcame twinkle-toed Fandango and the scholastic Damien Sandow.
Fandango's leading lady Summer Rae did get a victory, however, annoying Natalya with a slap and angering her even further with a kick to the face and a pinfall, while Naomi crushed AJ Lee in a Lumberjill Match ahead of WrestleMania's Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational.
Elsewhere, The Usos and Los Matadores beat RybAxel and the Real Americans in a clash featuring all four of the duos who will compete in the WWE Tag Team Title duel on the WrestleMania Pre-Show.
And Kane won his battle with Roman Reigns after the latter's Shield stablemates, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, saw fit to get involved - though the Big Red Monster was saved from a triple powerbomb by the New Age Outlaws.
WrestleMania XXX booking details
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