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April 29, 2012 / TJ Hawke

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus from WWE Extreme Rules 2012

Post by Bryan Rose

Daniel Bryan is one of the top babyfaces going in the WWE right now (September, 2013). Sheamus is out injured. So I don’t really have a reason for posting this match other than I remember it being really awesome. This is coming off their infamous 18 second match at Wrestlemania that was designed for Sheamus to come off as this great new babyface that people were going to go for. The opposite happened instead- people weren’t into Sheamus because they were more interested in Bryan’s heel persona, and when he lost quickly the people became upset. You can sorta say that led to Bryan quickly becoming a major player in the WWE and would eventually lead to the push he has today. So hey, maybe that’s a good reason for posting this!

The Match

FIRST FALL: This is a 2/3 falls match, because I guess Daniel Bryan is a technical wrestler and that’s what technical wrestlers like, having lots of falls, I guess. Also, I know his current look is staying for a while but Daniel Bryan looks ten times better looking like this than he does right now. Sheamus comes out and is promptly booed out of the building. Some back and forth early. Sheamus goes for the Brouge Kick early but Bryan hides under a turnbuckle to avoid. Sheamus with the rolling senton for a near fall. Sheamus blocks a sunset flip attempt and instead grabs Bryan and goes for a cloverleaf but Bryan is able to escape. Bryan does his flip off the top, coming from behind Sheamus, hits the ropes and clotheslines Sheamus followed by a baseball slide sending him to the outside. Bryan leaps off the apron but Sheamus grabs him and spears him into the barricade. Sheamus gets back into the ring but Bryan is able to come back quickly and works on the arms on Sheamus, even grabbing his fingers and stretching them out as well. This goes on a while before Sheamus starts to elbow out and connect with some offense, including his fist chops on the apron followed by a fall away slam. Bryan sidesteps Sheamus into a turnbuckle, kicks him HARD and schoolboys him for a two count. That sounded painful. Bryan lifts Sheamus to the top to the turnbuckle and goes for a hurricanrana but Sheamus blocks it and hits a shoulder block for a two count. Sheamus lifts up Bryan, but Bryan ducks under and when Sheamus retaliates, Bryan lifts the ropes down and Sheamus falls out of the ring. Bryan goes for a suicide dive but Sheamus blocks it, grabs Bryan and goes for the Celtic cross but Bryan reverses into a roll up for two. Bryan grabs Sheamus’ arm for the Yes Lock but Sheamus fights out of it. in the process, Bryan throws Sheamus shoulder first into the turnbuckle as Sheamus flies out of the ring. Bryan is now focusing on the shoulder. Bryan is then DQ’d for kicking too much ass, the dumbest reason possible for a DQ that WWE uses way too much for my liking. Very good first fall otherwise.

SECOND FALL: Bryan continues to focus on the shoulder and immediately applies the Yes Lock. Sheamus crawls over to the rope and nearly passes out, but fights back…only to pass out again and the referee gives the second fall to Bryan.

THIRD FALL: Medical officials race to the ring to check on the fallen Sheamus as he eventually gets his bearings back and the doctors ask Sheamus if he wants to continue, and he says yes so the match continues. Bryan charges after Sheamus but Sheamus hits the Brouge Kick as he crawls over and covers Bryan…for a two count! Bryan makes it back to his feet and works on Sheamus shoulder, but Sheamus fights back with some punches to the gut, only for Bryan to counter with a kick to the head for another near fall. Bryan climbs to the top turnbuckle but Sheamus unloads some punches and goes for a superplex but Bryan counters with headbutts followed by a flying headbutt but it goes nowhere. Bryan goes for a running charge but Sheamus avoids and Bryan is hurled into the turnbuckle. Sheamus gains momentum as he gears up for another Brouge kick and it connects as Sheamus covers and gets the three count, retaining the World Heavyweight championship.

Match Thoughts

Very well executed match as well as just being overall REALLY GOOD. Sheamus isn’t bad by any means but Daniel Bryan made this match worth watching and made Sheamus look like a million bucks while doing it. Bryan did a lot of small things in this match- like working on the fingers- that made the match that more interesting. And that isn’t taking a knock at Sheamus either because he did some cool stuff here too, but Bryan is just better than Sheamus in this match and it showed. The story here was pretty well executed too- Daniel tenaciously fought Sheamus and the champion was in danger of losing his title at one point, but he powered out of the pain and put away his challenger to rise once again. It would work in a normal setting, but the crowd that night just didn’t care. They wanted Daniel Bryan to win and it didn’t happen. And he still kind of isn’t, but hopefully within the next few months Daniel Bryan might just finally have a title around his waist for more than just one day. Excellent match.

Match Rating: ****1/4

 

Recap from TJ Hawke:

The crowd is very pro-Bryan. Sheamus was wearing a shirt that said, “18 Seconds,” which will probably just make the crowd hate him more.

Sheamus teased a Brogue Kick early, but Bryan avoided it. Sheamus hit a Finlay Roll early: 1…2…NO! Sheamus got a Texas Cloverleaf, but Bryan managed to crawl to the ropes. Bryan got a small package for a nearfall. Sheamus cut him off with a lariat. Bryan came back with a running lariat. Bryan sent Sheamus to the floor. Bryan went for a running knee, but Sheamus caught him and gave him a spinebuster onto the guardrail. Back in the ring, Sheamus went to the top rope, but Bryan crotched him. Bryan started to work Sheamus over, with different submissions, strikes, and pinning combinations. Bryan is one of the best small guys in history at making himself look credible against much bigger opponents. Sheamus came back with a lariat and a big running knee. Sheamus followed that up with his clubbing forearms in the ropes and a fallaway slam: 1…2…NO! Bryan rolled him up for another nearfall. Bryan went for a super hurricanrana, but Sheamus avoided it. Sheamus then hit a diving shoulder tackle: 1…2…NO! Bryan low-bridged Sheamus to the floor. Bryan went for a suicide dive, but Sheamus blocked it. Sheamus went for the Razor’s Edge, but Bryan got a sunset flip pin: 1…2…NO! Sheamus avoided three Yes Lock attempts. Sheamus crashed into the ringpost, shoulder first. Bryan sent Sheamus back into that turnbuckle a couple of more times, hurting the injured shoulder. Back in the ring, Bryan kicked Sheamus in the shoulder, shouting YES with each kick. The referee counted to five and Bryan got disqualified for being an idiot. Apparently, Bryan got himself disqualified on purpose to do one more second of damage to Sheamus’s injured shoulder. Sheamus is up 1 fall to zero. IED Kick in the corner—YES LOCK! Sheamus passed out from the pain, so Bryan won the second fall to make things even. The ringside doctor checked on Sheamus as Bryan lead the crowd in “Yes” chants. Some idiots chanted “No.” This atmosphere was surreal. The doctors asked Sheamus if he wanted to continue and he said yes. The third fall started and Bryan immediately ran into a big boot: 1…2…NO! Sheamus was on his knees trading shots with Bryan until Bryan hit a buzzsaw kick: 1…2…NO! Bryan went to the top rope, but Sheamus met him up there. Bryan headbutted him down and went for the diving headbutt, but Sheamus avoided it. Sheamus avoided another IED kick and hit a pair of Polish Hammers. Sheamus followed it up with the urinagi backbreaker. Sheamus killed him with the Brogue Kick: 1…2…3!

I thought this match was arguably the best singles match in either man’s WWE career (at least at the time). The environment didn’t really make sense from what was supposed to be the face/heel dynamic, but the crowd was into everything they did. As much as I liked the match, I think the finish left a little bit to be desired. It was a little too “Super Cena” where Sheamus shook off several minutes of damage just to run through his offense and win the match. The finishing sequence really should have been more back and forth.

Match Rating: ****

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