Before the match, we have Chris Jericho delivering a promo.
He noted what he said to CM Punk and about his father from Monday. He said he doesn't apologize and that he didn't push the line, because he told the truth.
He also says that Punk's image and lifestyle is just a way to hide the fact that he has an alcoholic gene in him. Then, he said about he's the "best in the world" and that Punk is nothing more than a Jericho wannabe.
Finally, he gets the crowd to chant CM Punk's name, to which he says quietly, "CM Drunk. CM Drunk."
The match started with Sheamus overpowering Jericho. We got some back-and-forth action, with Sheamus capping it with a shoulder block. Jericho gets out of harm's way, exits out of the ring, and Sheamus chases him.
Jericho came back in, bounced off the ropes, but Sheamus delivered a flying shoulder block.
Some more back-and-forth action. Jericho went after Sheamus in the corner but missed and flew out of the ring.
Sheamus had him on the apron, and pounded against Jericho's chest, then vertical suplexed him; Excellent showing of power by Sheamus, great hangtime.
We went back to more back-and-forth action. Sheamus went for a clothesline but missed and got dumped out of the ring.
Daniel Bryan came out, making an apperance, as we cut to commercial.
Smackdown came back, and Jericho slingshot Sheamus' head against the ropes.
Jericho was in control, and wore him down. Sheamus got out, though, but Jericho was able to put him down. He then berated him while he was down, and then delivered a back suplex.
Sheamus punched him a couple times, but Jericho connected with a front dropkick. 1-and-a-half count. Another headlock by Jericho, and Sheamus got out once again. He lifted Jericho up on his back and plants him against the corner.
Jericho attempted a bulldog, but couldn't connect and flew into the corner, which allowed both of them time to recuperate.
Clotheslines by Sheaums. Backbreaker attempt but Jericho countered it. However, he got caught in the Irish Curse backbreaker. Two count.
Rolling fireman's carry by Sheamus, but only got two-and-a-half.
Jericho gouged Sheamus' eyes and attempted a coderbreaker, but Sheamus countered. Sheamus attempted the Brogue kick but missed and is caught in the ropes. Springboard dropkick by Jericho, followed by a Lionsault, but another near-three.
Sheamus kicked and went up to the top rope. Jericho pushed the ropes and Sheamus got caught up there. Jericho attempted a superplex but couldn't do it. Sheamus connected with the flying shoulder block, but another near-three.
Sheamus pounded his chest and he was ready to use the Celtic Cross, but Jericho countered with the Walls of Jericho. He had him in the submission, but Sheamus was able to reach for the ropes.
Another Celtic Cross attempt, but Jericho countered and went to the ropes. Sheamus saw this and sent him ringside with a clothesline.
Sheamus threw Jericho and he almost goes into Bryan. Sheamus took his eyes off, gothit and flew into the announce table. The ref is distracted by Jericho and Bryan kicked him.
Chris Jericho won by countout.
Sheamus attempted going after him but Bryan ran away. Sheamus then delivered a Brogue kick to Jericho in anger.
Very solid match by both guys. Good back-and-forth match, very entertaining. In addition, after weeks of little hype for the Sheamus/Bryan match, fuel was added to the fire, and I like that the creative team is actually looking like they are caring about this match.
My only complaint about this whole ordeal is Jericho's promo, and that's why there's a knock on the grade. I don't like having CM Punk's father thrown in this mix.
Similar to last year with Jerry Lawler and his mother's death, I think it's WWE overstepping it a bit. There was no need to throw him into the mix, and using family as a way to tell a story isn't a great idea.
It's a WWE Championship match, a match to prove who's truly the "Best in the World." Isn't that a good enough story?