WrestleMania 28: WWE Has Dropped the Ball on Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2012

Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Photo Courtesy of WWE.com

It may come as a surprise, but WrestleMania does feature a World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus.

Many were surprised to see Sheamus win the Royal Rumble as many had pegged Chris Jericho as the favorite.

Here we are almost two months later and it feels like Jericho did in fact win.

His angle with CM Punk has been executed to perfection. Despite the other matches on the card, were Punk vs. Jericho the sole headliner, you could see many fans paying to see WrestleMania.

The same could never be said about the other title match, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus.

It's easy to envision Bryan vs. Sheamus actually leading off the pay-per-view, which would be the second year in a row. The difference between last year and this year is that the buildup before the match at WrestleMania 27 was executed well.

WrestleMania 28 does have a very stacked card, but it feels like the world title is being marginalized this year to an incredible extent in what is WWE's biggest show.

In terms of hype and anticipation, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus is probably fourth down on the card behind John Cena vs. The Rock, Undertaker vs. Triple H and Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk.

Maybe the creative staff just doesn't have the time to focus much attention on the match, but really nothing about the Bryan Sheamus feud is driving fans to want to buy the PPV.

Unfortunately, this will rub off on the event as well.

The little amount of television time it has received will probably mean that Bryan and Sheamus will have little time to have a great match.

It's a shame too because this could be the opportunity for Bryan to showcase his wrestling abilities on a grand stage.

Although he's won the title himself, Sheamus isn't really at a bona fide star level yet.

When fans look to a wrestler's career, they can usually point to a guy's "WrestleMania moment."

Neither Daniel Bryan nor Sheamus will be afforded that this year.