Let me put up a few notes before I begin:
1. I am a huge fan of Sheamus. The man is going to be a major star one day.
2. Daniel Bryan has been doing some great work recently. As I first talked about back in November when he was turning heel, it would be an interesting ride.
3. Finally, I am talking in a sense of "kayfabe" here.
That being said, last night's SmackDown confirmed my early thoughts.
Bryan is losing to Sheamus at WrestleMania, just as he should. On top of that, it is not going to be much of a match at all.
Maybe it was due to the Rumble winner being changed.
Maybe it was due to Randy Orton getting injured.
Maybe it was never supposed to be Sheamus vs. Bryan.
Either way, their "match" at WrestleMania is not going to be much of a "match."
Think of Rey Mysterio vs. JBL in 2009. The match was was added late and wasn't really much of a "feud" going into the huge event.
Rey Mysterio (the face) beat JBL in seconds. Bradshaw quit the company and retired.
Take a look at the ECW title match in 2008. Chavo Guerrero defended the belt against Kane and neither man had crossed paths until that night. Thus, it was a thrown-together "feud" afterwards.
Kane (the face) demolished Chavo in seconds. We had a new champion, and the fans loved it.
Sheamus and Bryan have had very little of an actual "feud." Nobody can deny that at all.
WWE hasn't mentioned their history last year. They haven't built up Bryan's long title reign.
Sheamus hasn't talked about his journey to finally becoming World Heavyweight Champion.
Not much of anything.
Bryan vs. Sheamus?
WWE already knows the outcome. Sheamus charges the ring. Bryan runs away for awhile before he gets a kick to the head.
Three seconds later, we will have a new world champion!
Miami will cheer, I will love it and Sheamus will get his WrestleMania moment.
As I wrote about back in January, Sheamus should not be pinned or submitted through April. WWE will make sure of that.
Looking at it from that perspective, I don't blame the company one bit for how they have handled this.
Why build up some epic showdown knowing it will be a short match?
That would only leave fans disappointed. You can't promote some major battle, only for it to end minutes later. That wouldn't be fair.
However, WWE hasn't hyped up much of anything between Sheamus and Bryan. Thus, that is exactly what we will get. Not much of anything.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho are hyping up a match to determine the "best in the world." We will get that. WWE will deliver the wrestling there.
The Rock and John Cena are hyping up a major main event. WWE will deliver there. The two will put on a spectacle that will never be forgotten.
For Sheamus and Bryan, WWE simply has their match set. That is all. At Mania, they will give fans the world title match, but you know the old saying.
"You get what you put in."
Well, WWE has put nothing into this feud. Thus, I am not expecting anything.