Tonight, In This Very Ring: A Collection of Wrestling Timelines

So is this the end of the Brody Lives TL? I don't know how you would continue it since it lasted longer then I would have done it. Brody in ECW made sense but the Mass Transit thing probably would have drove him to the edge.

Speaking of that, I was hoping Chris Von Eric's would have lived in this TL. Hated that he killed himself here and in OTL..
While Chris did last longer than OTL, being there to witness not only the destruction of WCCW and the death of his brother ended up being too much for him.

And really, I'm glad I did as there wasn't much to do besides maybe ECW trying to bait Kurt Angle to signing, but that probably got lost after Mass Transit.

Got another question: Does Todd Gordon still own part of ECW?
Yes, which helped hold back some of the more guache parts of ECW.

Now, in Adam's first book he re-booked Daniel Bryan joining the Wyatt family, but you know what? I'd much rather look at the time where Daniel Bryan was robbed his world title by Randy Orton, but more importantly, was robbed of a main event push by Vince McMahon. Because make no mistake, Daniel Bryan was getting his legs cut off while WWE was planning to hype up Batista as a returning babyface while he wore his blue jeans and sunglasses, looking for all the world like a Hollywood douchebag. D-Bry would lose match after match, not even allowed in the Royal Rumble and just mistreated throughout. There were claims that this was planned to end at WrestleMania the whole time, but that turned out to not be the case. Daniel Bryan won the title because Punk walked out and fans were on the verge of a riot.

So, let's see what we can do about Daniel Bryan's run from Night of Champions 2013 to WrestleMania XXX. We can have him lose the title at SummerSlam, because that sets up the story. But now we get the chase. The money's in the chase, after all.

Night of Champions 2013

Venue: Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 10,500
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: The Prime Time Players d. 3MB (Heath Slater/Drew McIntyre), Tons of Funk, The Real Americans and The Usos in a Tag Team Turmoil Match to determine the WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders

Curtis Axel (c) (w/Paul Heyman) d. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
AJ Lee (c) d. Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya in a Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE Divas Championship
Rob Van Dam (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) d. Alberto del Rio (c) for the World Heavyweight Championship by disqualification
The Miz d. Fandango (w/Summer Rae)

And we got five straight OTL matches. These can stay, but there's the added stipulation that Axel's gonna be defending the title twice, first against Kofi and then against Punk. Speaking of...

CM Punk d. Curtis Axel (c) (w/Paul Heyman) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship by disqualification

Axel puts in his best effort, but Punk is just the better man, so a belt shot from Heyman saves Curtis' title reign.

Daniel Bryan d. Roman Reigns

So, Daniel Byran wants his rematch against Orton, but the Authority puts up some barriers. If he wants to get at Orton, he's gotta beat a member at the Shield at the next three PPVs. And if he loses a single match, no rematch. So, the Shield throw Roman at him. Roman's the powerhouse, so he tosses D-Bry around like it's nothing. However, he slowly mounts the comeback, leveling Roman with hard kicks and working him over until knocking him out with his new Running Knee, getting his first win. Two more to go.

The Shield (c) (Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins) d. The Prime Time Players for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Meanwhile, Freebird Rules mean that Rollins and Ambrose defend the tag belts here. Curbstomp to Titus (Oh no...) secures the win.

Randy Orton (c) d. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship

Ziggler takes the main event spot here, trying to beat Orton to take his ill-gotten WWE Championship. Ziggler almost has it before Triple H runs down, Stephanie distracting the ref so Trips can hit the Pedigree. He rolls him over for Randy, who pins Ziggler. The ref counts and Randy retains. Because if you're gonna do the evil authority angle, have them protect their chosen guy. That's how this works. Orton's being kept from having to do too much and if there's a threat of defeat, the Authority will snuff it out.
So that's Roman's first clean loss on the main roster. Hmm. Might be a bit easier to push him as a legit main event star now.
Yeah. Probably should've had that be a roll-up, though. One, it eases the blow of the guy Vince is pushing, plus it makes D-Bry look more like an underdog. Get it by the skin of his teeth.
DragonChase: Battleground 2013
Battleground 2013

Venue: First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 12,000
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: Dolph Ziggler d. Damien Sandow

Alberto del Rio (c) d. Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro/Jack Swagger) (w/Zeb Colter) d. The Great Khali/Santino Marella (w/Hornswoggle)
Curtis Axel (c) (w/Paul Heyman) d. R-Truth for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
AJ Lee (c) (w/Tamina Snuka) d. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) for the WWE Divas Championship

Yep. Still got all these OTL matches. Now, let's get to some changes.

Cody Rhodes/Goldust (w/Dusty Rhodes) d. The Shield (Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose)

Cody and Dustin get reinstated in the WWE, Dean taking the Crossrhodes here in place of Seth, who's booked for another match.

Bray Wyatt (w/Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) d. Kofi Kingston

Don't worry, we'll cover the Family's booking at some point. I have plans for that too. But here we get the OTL match he had.

Daniel Bryan d. Seth Rollins

Ah, come on guys. You know you love it. Fifteen minutes of two former ROH champions. The two are much more even here and D-Bry wins with the Running Knee, another Shield member beat. One more to go.

Randy Orton (c) d. CM Punk for the WWE Championship

Punk gets close, but then Ryback charges in wrecks him, leaving him for dead so Orton pins him. They go the full 25 minutes here. The Authority paid off Ryback to stop Punk if he got too close to winning and a GTS was way too close. Orton keeps again and Punk got screwed over.
DragonChase: Hell in a Cell 2013
Hell in a Cell 2013

Venue: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida
Attendance: 10,000
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: Kofi Kingston d. Damien Sandow (Count-Out)

Weirdly, this match gets flipped from OTL when Sandow just up and walks out on the match five minutes in.

Cody Rhodes/Goldust (c) d. The Shield (Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins) and The Usos in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Fandango/Summer Rae d. The Great Khali/Natalya (w/Hornswoggle) in a Mixed Tag Team Match

Two OTL matches before the next match.

CM Punk d. Ryback (w/Paul Heyman) in a Hell in a Cell Match

We take Heyman out of this, though if Punk wins, he does get five minutes alone with Heyman and hey, he wins with the GTS. So, after this match, Heyman is dragged in for a five-minute fight against Punk. And by "fight" I mean Heyman getting smacked around with a kendo stick and taking a GTS. We cut Big E vs. Ambrose, so we got time for this.

The Colons (Primo/Epico) d. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro) (w/Zeb Colter)

Yeah, we're not doing Los Matadores. Like, if I can avoid it, I will. Same match as OTL, though.

John Cena d. Alberto del Rio (c) for the World Heavyweight Championship

Same match as OTL, but then...

Damien Sandow d. John Cena (c) for the World Heavyweight Championship

And Sandow cashes in! We give them five minutes before Sandow hits the Terminus to take the title.

AJ Lee (c) (w/Tamina Snuka) d. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) for the WWE Divas Championship

One last OTL match before the main event.

Daniel Bryan d. Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell Match (Guest Ref: Shawn Michaels)

Orton gets the night off, so we get the final match of the D-Bry vs. Shield trilogy as he meets with a former enemy of his from the indie scene with Daniel's "mentor" overseeing things as a favor to Hunter. After a brutal, destructive match, Bryan locks in the Yes Lock, aided by a kendo stick, before Ambrose passes out from the pain. Daniel Bryan wins the right to a match against Randy Orton for the WWE Championship! Yes! YES! YES!!!
DragonChase: Survivor Series 2013
Survivor Series 2013

Venue: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 15,000
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: The Miz d. Kofi Kingston

Same match from OTL.

The Shield/The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) d. Cody Rhodes/Goldust/Big Show/The Usos in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match

Same match from OTL, but with Big Show replacing Rey, who has another match on the card. We get the same finish with Reigns as the Sole Survivor after a Spear to Big Show.

Big E. Langston (w/Mark Henry) (c) d. Curtis Axel (w/Ryback) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Yep, another OTL result, but we throw in some seconds. Use the time from their match for the next match.

Anti-Divas (AJ Lee/Aksana/Alicia Fox/Kaitlyn/Rosa Mendes/Summer Rae/Tamina Snuka) d. Total Divas (The Bella Twins/Eva Marie/The Funkadactyls/JoJo/Natalya) in a 7-on-7 Survivor Series Elimination Match

So, rather than True Divas, we call AJ's team the Anti-Divas and they do some real work here. Tamina acts as the primary eliminator, taking out Eva and JoJo early. The Funkadactyls work to eliminate her, but then Aksana is quickly thrown in as a sacrifice to prevent Tamina's elimination. This allows Tamina to score her third elimination on Cameron. Naomi ends up taking out Rosa next before getting eliminated by Tamina. The score is looking bad for Total Divas at 5-3.

This time Summer Rae is the one to take the pin, getting pinned by Brie before Brie gets sent out by Tamina. Nikki manages to eliminate Kaitlyn before Tamina finishes her Bella Twins elimination set. Finally, Natalya stands alone and manages to eliminate Tamina. Alicia Fox is next to go but puts on a good showing and wears Natalya down. AJ and Natalya work the rest of the match, ending with a Shiranui finish. AJ stands as the Sole Survivor. The Anti-Diva.

Damien Sandow (c) d. Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship

Rey becomes #1 contender for the WHC and the two put on a good match for Sandow's first major defense. Terminus victory secures it for the Savior of the Masses.

The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper/Erick Rowan) (w/Bray Wyatt) d. John Cena/CM Punk

So, instead of D-Bry, we get Cena here as the two have been attacked by the Family, Bray doing some mind games on them. And here, those mind games do the trick as Cena and Punk can't get along throughout and the match ends with Punk eating the pin. However, instead of a post-match beatdown, Bray calls back his Family and lets the tension finally boil over, Punk and Cena going at each other.

Daniel Bryan d. Randy Orton (c) for the WWE Championship

And after months of chasing after the Viper, D-Bry earns his shot at Orton. He outpaces Orton at every step, Orton getting angrier with each passing minute. Hunter tries to have people put a stop Bryan's momentum, but anyone he throws at Bryan gets kicked aside. Daniel kicks out of the RKO and readies up the Running Knee, landing it flush and getting the duke. Daniel Bryan has won the WWE Championship! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
DragonChase: TLC 2013
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2013

Venue: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Attendance: 15,000
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) d. Dolph Ziggler

We can keep this match from OTL, but I imagine the ripples are hitting this TL nicely now that we have a new champion.

The Shield d. Randy Orton/Big Show/Rey Mysterio in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

And in starting that trend, we have Hunter being very upset at Orton for failing to keep the title, Mysterio and Big Show come to aid him, but all three are given an ultimatum: If they don't win the match, they're fired. And when Reigns Spears the Big Show and picks up the win, then it leaves three Superstars out of a job.

AJ Lee (c) (w/Tamina Snuka) d. Natalya for the WWE Divas Championship

Same match from OTL, but with more at stake given Natalya's performance at Survivor Series. AJ still keeps, riding on Tamina's shoulder like they're Shawn and Diesel.

Big E Langston (c) d. Ryback (w/Curtis Axel) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Instead of Sandow, Big E goes up against the Big Guy in a Big Match full of BIG. Hoss fight, my guys. Hoss. Fight. Big Ending wins it for Big E.

Cody Rhodes/Goldust (c) d. The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) Tons of Funk (w/Cameron and Naomi) and R-Truth/Xavier Woods in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Okay, so we took a few teams out of this match, so we'll put some teams in. One thing from OTL that's gone is the stupid Woods-Clay "you took my theme song" feud because Xavier Woods' NXT theme fucking slaps. It is a crime that it didn't get brought up to the main show. We bring the noise here in this TL. Here, the Real Americans go out so we can sell Woods, show off him and Truth having good tag chemistry (They were TNA tag champs... on the same day they lost the titles. And the titles were mainly held by Killings and Pacman Jones... what was I talking about?) with Swagger taking the pin. They're next to go out after Tons of Funk squash R-Truth in the corner before pinning him. Tensai takes the fall, though and that starts trouble with Brodus, who does a post-match Exploder and storms off without the Funkadactyls.

Kofi Kingston d. The Miz

Keep the match, but take out the No-DQ stip. Save that for...

Bray Wyatt (w/Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) d. CM Punk (w/John Cena) in a No Disqualification Match

Now, this is that good stuff. Punk and Cena work together here, but Bray's mind games start working against them and a few mistakes result in Punk finally snapping at Cena, yelling at him and eventually hitting him with a GTS... but that just leaves Punk open for Sister Abigail's Kiss (It was still called Sister Abigail's Kiss, right? They hadn't switched to just Sister Abigail at this point?) The tension is building between Punk and Cena.

Daniel Bryan (c) d. Damien Sandow (c) in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Title Unification Match for the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships

Sorry, Damien. I kinda screwed you over there, but look on the bright side. You're getting to main event a PPV and you're in a match with Daniel Bryan. It's a good match, though I'd probably only go 20 minutes with it. Give another five to Punk-Wyatt. But hey, Sandow gets a moment to shine and don't worry, he'll get a consolation prize soon. The story is simple, Triple H set the unification so that he could try and get the belt on someone he believes is more worthy (and an easy pawn to manipulate) and get the belt off D-Bry. But Bryan overcomes Triple H's machinations and now has become the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion. YES! YES! YES!
DragonChase: Royal Rumble 2014, Part 1
Royal Rumble 2014

Venue: Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 18,000
Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

Pre-Show Match: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper/Erick Rowan) (w/Bray Wyatt) d. Cody Rhodes/Goldust (c) for the WWE Tag Team Championship

In place of the Outlaws, the Wyatts come down on Cody and Goldust, destroying the two to claim the first set of gold for the Family. Bray laughs from his rocking chair as his disciples stand over the falling Rhodes brothers.

Daniel Bryan (c) d. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

So, this show was light on matches in OTL and in fact, I'm cutting a whole match out from this, so this is gonna be a show made of only four matches, counting the Rumble. The story here is simple: Triple H has called in an old buddy from Evolution as someone more deserving of the title. That's the thing that was often forgotten about the storyline, all the talk about Daniel being undeserving of the title should've lead to him defying the odds, but instead the booking would just reinforce the notion. Here, Hunter has done everything he can to stop Daniel and since that didn't work, he's gonna do everything in his power to put an end to the growing "Yes Movement" by bringing in Batista. Batista, after all, ticks a lot of boxes for Triple H as to what a star should be. He's big, he's strong, he's good looking. Hell, he's part of the MCU! Batista big times D-Bry on the way. When he left in 2010, he remembers seeing Daniel stuffing programs and climbing monkey bars. The fact that he's WWE World Champion means there are no more real men in WWE and that's what Batista is here for.

Of course, D-Bry might be smaller. but he's tenacious. He's a kicking machine and he works over as much of Batista as he can, knocking him out with the Solid Knee Plus to keep his title.

John Cena d. CM Punk in a Loser Leaves WWE Match

And next up we have another big match for the company, the last ever John Cena vs. CM Punk match. The Loser Leaves stipulation is kayfabe, to allow Punk to rest up, but he would eventually leave for real. But this match is another classic from these two, ending with an STF locked in and Punk passing out from the pain. However, there's one more added stipulation to the match. The winner gets to enter the Royal Rumble.

At #1.