Daniel Bryan may have gotten his big main event submission victory over Randy Orton this past June 24, 2013, on Monday Night Raw, but it didn't come without a cost. Not only did his win fail to deliver from a ratings standpoint but a spot within the match actually cost both wrestlers money.
Indeed, WWE has announced it has levied fines against the two of them for a chair shot to the head.
If you missed the spot, it occurred early in the match when Bryan was attempting a suicide dive to Orton on the outside and Randy apparently listened to the voices in his head and blocked the offensive maneuver with one swift swing of a chair just as Bryan was coming through the ropes.
Ironically enough, Michael Cole's commentary immediately after impact noted it was "completely legal" thanks to the added Street Fight stipulation.
Visually, it was a great spot, and it appeared Bryan got his hands up to protect himself from taking an unprotected shot straight to his head. Still, WWE is working with a no tolerance policy for such things, and, no different than Triple H and Undertaker at WrestleMania 27, punishment was doled out despite the fact that Orton and Bryan are higher up on the totem pole in terms of their status as top stars.
However, no different than Triple H vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 27, because of the fact that the amount of the fine is not disclosed, it's fair to wonder if this is simply about public relations more than wrestler safety and concussion awareness.
We'll let you debate that in the comments, Cagesiders.