Mike Kanellis had a Daniel Bryan type moment during a WWE SmackDown house show (no TV) on Sunday, Aug. 13 in Miami.
Kanellis, accompanied by his beautiful wife Maria, wrestled Sami Zayn.
A solid match, Zayn pulled out the victory to the crowd’s delight at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Maria became so infuriated with Zayn and the fans that she grabbed the mic and said they ruined date night.
She demanded another match for her husband.
The wild-eyed Luke Harper obliged.
Here’s where it got very interesting.
At WrestleMania 28 in 2012 in Miami, Daniel Bryan, accompanied by AJ Lee, defended the World title against Sheamus. AJ -- perched atop the ring apron -- kissed the arrogant Bryan after the bell rang.
When Bryan turned to face his opponent, Sheamus greeted him with a vicious Brogue kick and quickly covered him for the quick pin. It took a mere 18 seconds for Sheamus to capture the World title.
Even though Bryan played the heel, fans expressed their displeasure with the fast contest and rallied around Bryan. Disappointment and frustration turned into the best thing that could happen to him. It set the foundation for the “Yes” movement, and the rest is history.
On Sunday, no titles were on the line in the Kanellis matches, but here we were in Miami again, and there stood Maria, ala AJ, perched atop the ring apron.
What happened next?
Well, you can probably take an educated guess.
She kissed the arrogant Mike, like AJ did and Bryan.
With Harper watching, waiting near the middle of the ring, ala Sheamus, he met the turning male Kanellis with a devastating clothesline and quickly covered him for the quick pin.
No movement started after the show for Kanellis, but a fun Miami flashback moment, nonetheless.
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