WWE Champion Daniel Bryan was back in front of his home Washington crowd and received a warm embrace from the fans. As such, he talked about how Washington was filled with people that knew the world needs change and largely accepted their positive response.
— WWE (@WWE) February 6, 2019
He addressed his upcoming match at WWE Elimination Chamber by saying that hope can be found in his new hemp title. “This title is not only a symbol of excellence,” said the Champion. “This title is a symbol for change!” He went on to state that his opponents were trying to fight the change and go back to the old leather belt.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 6, 2019
One person that wasn’t a fan of Bryan’s remarks was former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy. He said that he still has scars from fighting for the old belt and that the change was disrespectful. The two got to settle their differences inside the ring to main event SmackDown Live.
The bout was a competitive affair with both stars having their moments. The reigning champ spent much of his time breaking down Hardy’s body, particularly his arms with holds and strikes. However, Hardy never gave up and kept fighting.
After finally getting an opportunity, Hardy wound up hitting a Swanton Bomb. It looked like he was going to get a pinfall but Erick Rowan interfered and caused a disqualification. Afterwards, all hell would break loose as all eight of the Elimination Chamber contestants would start brawling with each other to end the show.