4 possible reasons why Daniel Bryan lost the MITB qualifier to Rusev on Smackdown
This came as a surprise to many as Rusev had gone into the match as the underdog. Here are 4 possible reasons as to why WWE took this decision:
#4 Rematch with Big Cass at MITB
Although Big Cass wasn't a part of Smackdown this week, it is quite possible that the Big Cass vs Daniel Bryan match at Backlash was not a one-off thing.
Big Cass returned to action on Smackdown as part of the Superstar Shakeup after being out due to a knee injury since July last year and went after Daniel Bryan almost immediately after returning.
The weeks leading to Backlash saw Cass mount verbal and physical attacks on Bryan, but failed to get the win at Backlash against the former WWE Champion. He then proceeded to viciously attack Daniel Bryan after the match.
It was surprising to see that the angle was not forwarded this week on Smackdown, but with The American Dragon failing to qualify for the MITB match, it is likely that a rematch is imminent between the two Superstars-- most likely at Money In The Bank.