With the WWE Championship being held in abeyance for six weeks, Randy Orton faced off with Daniel Bryan in a Hell in a Cell Match at WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 on pay-per-view. With Triple H's best friend, Shawn Michaels, performing referee duties, Daniel Bryan laid out the COO. HBK responded with a superkick to the jaw of his former pupil, allowing Orton to cover Bryan for the victory and regain the vacant title.
Moments after Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship, Randy Orton threatened to cash in his Money in the Bank WWE Championship contract. The special referee for the Bryan-Cena bout, Triple H, shockingly delivered a Pedigree to the new champion, creating an easy opportunity for Orton to cash in the contract and instantly pin Bryan to win the title.
After John Cena selected Daniel Bryan as the No. 1 Contender for the WWE Championship, the hottest Superstar in WWE defeated Cena for the title in the main event of SummerSlam.
At WrestleMania 29, John Cena achieved redemption from his loss to The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII. With the WWE Championship on the line, the Cenation leader defeated The Great One to win his 11th WWE Title.