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Daniel Bryan and Kane: Team Hell No!
Team Hell No! consisted of two members: Daniel Bryan, and the Big Red Monster, Kane. They debuted on September 10th, 2012 and were disbanded a little less than a year later on June 17th, 2013. They weighed in at a combined 533lbs. They were such a surprisingly great team, displaying a chemistry and naturalism that nobody expected. There was no reason that the whole thing should’ve worked, but Brian Danielson and Glenn Jacobs killed it together, week after week.
Let’s start by looking at some of the Pay-per-view matches that the team had during their time together. Their first was a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Titles at Night of Champions on September 16th, 2012. So six days after they became a team, they were battling R-Truth and Kofi Kingston for the tag belts. They won that match, of course, as well as the tag gold. A month earlier, Kane and Daniel Bryan were going head to head at SummerSlam, and suddenly, just like that, they were Champions.
After they won the tag belts, it came time for the Hell in a Cell Pay-per-view on October 28th, 2012. Here, Team Hell No! wrestled the phenomenally underrated team of The Rhodes Scholars, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, back before he became the stunt double for The Miz, Damien Mizdow. It was a solid match that saw Team Hell No! retain their titles after The Scholars won by disqualification.
Next, Team Hell No! was part of a classic Survivor Series elimination match. It was Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, David Otunga, Wade Barrett, and Alberto Del Rio) vs. Team Foley (The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Kane). Classic Survivor Series matches have always been cool, and with the talent involved in this one, there was no way for it go south.
After Survivor Series is when Team Hell No! had their greatest match. It was December 16th, 2012, and it was time for the TLC, Table’s, Ladder, and Chairs Pay-per-view. Team Hell No! teamed up with the monster, Ryback, to take on the Hounds of Justice, The Shield. This is the shining moment of Kane and Daniel Bryan’s time together as a team. The match between all six men was unbelievable, and it featured one of the most brutal bumps I’ve seen on WWE television in a long time.
This was one of the first matches of The Shield’s that I got to sit down and watch. I was curious about Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns, and I figured them in a six-man TLC match with Daniel Bryan and Kane would be great. Boy, was I right. Also, to give credit where credit’s due, Ryback more than held his own in the bout. He brought about that bump I talked about, when he threw Seth Rollins off a twenty-foot ladder and through a table. It was crazy.
They may have split up, but Team Hell No! did not go unnoticed. Their chemistry was far too great for that. I’m writing this on January 27th, 2015. Two days later, on the upcoming live broadcast of SmackDown, Kane and Daniel Bryan are going toe to toe in a Casket match. After TLC, Bryan and Kane mostly wrestled separately. One of the best matches from that period was Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt at the 2014 Royal Rumble.
However, at the Rumble, it began to become clear to the people in charge that Daniel Bryan had far too much traction with the fans to be pushed out of the Main Event at WrestleMania. It also helped that CM Punk walked out on the company, after finally reaching his tipping point. This created a vacuum that only Daniel Bryan could fill. He was the only one who could possibly fill that role. He had a similar enough background, what with the history of working the Independent circuits. He’s also the only person who comes close to Punk in terms of technical skill.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Daniel Bryan is one of the most physically talented wrestlers that this company has ever seen. Putting him with a guy like Kane was an easy out. Kane has been over with the fans since his first appearance at Badd Blood 1997. He’s also an incredibly talented wrestler, who has an uncanny ability to adapt to any circumstances that he needs to.
Team Hell No! was supposed to be a placeholder. It was just something for Daniel Bryan to do while they figured out what their plan was for him. It wasn’t supposed to get him over even more, but that’s what it did. All it took was to put Daniel Bryan and Kane in a room, or ring together, and let them entertain. At the heart of it, I love Team Hell No! for the little things, like Bryan changing up his chant and yelling, “no,” every time he came down to the ring. Or the Anger Management sessions. The two men were just great together.
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!