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The Danielson-Mizanin rivalry has become a family affair

Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. the Miz & Maryse

After a long time of not knowing if it would ever happen, Daniel Bryan and his arch-rival the Miz locked up at SummerSlam. It was a chapter in a very long feud that started back in the contest version of NXT, continued through a fire Talking Smack segment, and finally picked back up when Bryan was cleared to wrestle after over two years.

The A Lister won the match with an assist from his wife Maryse. Maryse, who was in the crowd, slipped her husband a pair of brass knuckles, which he used on Daniel Bryan. After months of Bryan fantasizing about punching Miz in the face, he lost to a loaded fist.

The next night, Bryan interrupted a Miz & Maryse gloatfest and repeatedly called his nemesis a coward. But it was his wife that would be the one who attacked. When Maryse ran her mouth about Bryan and his family, Brie Bella stormed to the ring. Maryse bailed so instead Brie punched Miz in the mouth instead.

Suddenly this became a family affair.

It’s fitting. Often the narrative surrounding the Bryan\Miz feud is about how different they are. Daniel Bryan is a wrestler who toiled in the indies for years, honing his craft in front of small crowds until he finally got his chance in WWE. Miz was signed to WWE via the Tough Enough reality show, never having spent much time at all wrestling anywhere else instead honing his personality on reality TV. He doesn’t wrestle that indie style that DB does. He’s a WWE guy. Daniel prefers to live in a cabin working in his garden. Miz is a Hollywood guy who spends his off time filming movies.

But the one aspect where they’re actually quite similar are their families.

When these men started feuding, they weren’t married. Both of the met their future wives (both former Divas champions) in the WWE. Both got married. Both recently had a daughter. For all of their differences, the course of their relationships are actually somewhat similar. And given their animosity, it’s no wonder that they try to outdo the other when it comes to that.

Miz consistently brags about how he and Maryse are better parents than Brie and Bryan. Maryse made sure to run down their relationship after SummerSlam. These two men despise each other so much that it shouldn’t surprise us that that venom has spread to their families.

While this mixed tag could be seen as a way to extend the feud between Miz and Bryan, it at least makes sense. Despite being on the opposite sides, both couples have a strong, supportive marriage. Of course we’d soon see Brie and Maryse get involved. When a one on one match between the women led to a brawl with all four of them last Tuesday, the disdain between the couples was obvious.

The animosity between these two clans is palpable and not going away any time soon. When they lock up tonight at Hell in a Cell, it will be just another chapter in the Danielson/Mizanin rivalry. It’s one we know will continue at the Super Show-Down (Miz and Daniel Bryan have a number one contenders match at that event). It will probably continue after that. And given the built-in animosity between these two wrestling families, we could see it continuing in 25 years between Birdie Joe Danielson and Monroe Sky Mizanin.

These families continue their feud at Hell in a Cell tonight at 7 ET on the WWE Network. Keep here at for all your Hell in a Cell coverage.


Who will win this match?

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  • 69%
    Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella
    (165 votes)
  • 30%
    The Miz & Maryse
    (74 votes)
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