Monday Night Raw: Daniel Bryan breaks free from The Wyatt Family
Daniel Bryan left the Wyatt Family on Raw, while The New Age Outlaws turned their back on CM Punk.
Last Updated: 21/01/14 3:24pm
The former WWE Champion left fans aghast two weeks ago when, after a series of vicious beatings from Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, he opted to join the backwoods brawlers.
But he delighted the WWE Universe by extracting himself from the eerie faction when Monday Night Raw emanated from Providence, Rhode Island, and clobbered Wyatt in the process.
Bryan and Wyatt teamed up for the red brand's opening contest to take on Rikishi's sons, The Usos, but the clash ended abruptly when the bearded duo's stablemates, Harper and Rowan, chose to interfere.
WWE Director of Operations Kane, though, decided the encounter should be rescheduled and the tag teams wrestled again in the main event - inside a steel cage.
The Usos capitalised on Bryan and Wyatt, tumbling into each other to escape the cage and win the match - and that's when all hell broke loose.
Wyatt teed up Bryan for another initiatory Sister Abigail - a manoeuvre he had floored the submission specialist with earlier in the show - but the Washington wrestler scurried free of the Eater of World's clutches, removed his jumpsuit, and decimated Wyatt with a running knee.
Elsewhere, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton lost valuable momentum ahead of his Royal Rumble title tussle with John Cena by losing to Kofi Kingston - and the frustrated Viper struck out afterwards, rained punches on Cena's father as he stood in the crowd.
Cena, meanwhile, overcame Damien Sandow - just as he did in October when the Duke of Decency tried to cash in his Monday in the Bank contract - plus Alberto Del Rio beat Rey Mysterio and Goldust and Cody Rhodes saw off Ryback and Curtis Axel.
Big Show will combat Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble and warmed-up for that duel by choke-slamming Jack Swagger and knocking out Zeb Colter, while AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka proved too wily for The Funkadactyls.
But CM Punk was abandoned by the New Age Outlaws during the trio's clash against The Shield, leaving the Second City helpless and eventually flattened by a devastating spear from Roman Reigns.
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