WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan Set for WrestleMania 28

Daniel MasseySenior Analyst IIIFebruary 21, 2012

Last night on Raw, it was confirmed that Sheamus would indeed be facing Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship.

At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Sheamus sent a message to Bryan by beating him after he had survived a grueling Chamber match.

This is how the "Great White" made his choice, and with his unrelenting momentum carrying him into the 28th annual WrestleMania, it is hard to see how he can lose.

This match has now been officially confirmed by WWE.com and it is to be one of the many main events that are beginning to clutter the card.

One would assume that this match will pull a low number in terms of card order, which is not good for the Superstars involved or the prestige of the title.

John Cena vs. The Rock and The Undertaker vs. Triple H III are probably going to go ahead of the main title matches, and the WWE considers the title with its namesake to be the most valuable in the business, which means that this match will be at least fourth from the top.

The only way this can be seen as a good thing is if we take into account the crowd in attendance.

This will be used as a primer for the two matches that have been a year in the making and the crowd will be slowly built up for the excitement and unpredictability of a Hell in a Cell match.

Sheamus-Bryan will actually be a rematch from last year’s WrestleMania where the two men wrestled in a dark match for the United States Championship.

Many of the IWC were extremely annoyed that this match had been struck off the card, but now it will take centre stage at the "Granddaddy of Them All." 

Bryan has become the perfect heel since he won the World Heavyweight Championship from Big Show.

He has a girlfriend that is eating out of his hand, he manages to escape most title defences with a dirty tactic and he is one of the most annoying guys on the roster.

Sheamus on the other hand, has had a very successful face turn and he receives an extremely loud pop every time his music hits the arena.

This is one reason the match should be extremely entertaining. When there is a clear face and a clear heel, the crowd is more likely to be vocal about what they are seeing, making for a much better atmosphere—one worthy of WrestleMania.

This is one reason why I think The Rock vs. John Cena will fall short of expectations, but that’s for another article.

Bryan was one of the best independent wrestlers on the circuit before he joined the WWE and he now has a chance to showcase what he can do properly as he will be facing the "Celtic Warrior."

The difference in styles will likely make the match interesting, but Bryan will be able to do a lot more, now he is not facing a 500-pound giant.

Sheamus is a big guy, but he can be technical as well. Both men have an excellent work-rate and I already fear this match is in danger of being underrated before and after the event.

The match should be an excellent showcase and I fully expect Sheamus to capture his first World title from the annoyance that is Daniel Bryan.

There will be no WrestleMania XX moment for Bryan.

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