Prior to the match between Buddy Murphy and Daniel Bryan, the latter vowed not only to expose Australia as a liar but also to show that he was involved in the health efforts of Roman Reigns from the beginning.
Murphy replied with a big knee to the face with the bell sounding almost to him. But, Bryan fixed things, and released a series of kicks.
The former cruiserweight champion filled Bryan at ringside with a tope con haul entering the break. Meteora for a close two-count. He ate a big face boot with a corner charge, and Bryan applied the LeBell Lock. The Aussie fought, hid and tried to escape while Bryan clutched his face.
The former WWE champion held onto Murphy, tweeting his feet as he moved from submission to submission. , force the rest. The Planet's Champion drops him a side suplex from the top rope and follows with a running dropkick in the corner. 1
Murphy defeated Bryan
The following week, Murphy delivered performances against two of the company's biggest stars and won audiences only because they appreciated his efforts.
To the credit of Bryan and Roman Reigns, they sold like crazy and granted his offense to the extent that fans believed Murphy could win.
Now, a push never intended to pay off.
Murphy has long been one of the most talented performers on the roster, but his work is hidden on 205 Live, where only the most enthusiastic fans are singing on the WWE Network to watch.
After being without a start to his SmackDown Live career, he encountered a spark of life in the form of a long-standing push that saw him at the center of one of the biggest stories in the company. Kudos to him, to his dance partners and to WWE Creative for not turning him down if it would be so easy to do.