During last night's episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Daniel Bryan demanded his WWE championship rematch against Randy Orton. Because WWE isn't insane, "The Apex Predator" calmly informed Bryan he would have to wait until the next pay-per-view (PPV) event, which happens to be Night of Champions scheduled for Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Well, now it's official.
Daniel Bryan was dealt a cruel hand at SummerSlam, but at Night of Champions, the WWE Universe's favorite "Yes!" Man has an opportunity to reclaim the championship gold that many believe was unfairly ripped from him when he faces WWE Champion Randy Orton.
By invoking his rematch clause, "The Beard" again has a chance to usher in a new era of WWE main eventer and prove he is much more than a "solid B-plus," as Stephanie McMahon suggests. Yet to complete the transition, he'll have to conquer WWE's Apex Predator, who - as the world found out at The Biggest Party of the Summer - has very powerful advocates in the form of the McMahon family and Triple H.
The rematch was announced on the Aug. 23 edition of SmackDown, after Bryan outright challenged The Viper to a fight on the blue brand. The arrogant Orton instead insisted the match will have to wait until Sunday, Sept. 15, on pay-per-view.
This show will be centered solely on this feud with no big second match to support it and help shoulder the load. There's little doubting Orton and Bryan will deliver the goods in the ring but can the same be said for the box office?
This may be the most anticipated buyrate in some time.
Orton vs. Bryan is the only match announced for Night of Champions so far. Keep it locked right here for any further news and notes on the upcoming PPV.