Daniel Bryan has been a good champion during his run as Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Champion. However, the time has come for him to hand over his belt to someone else. That person is the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble, Sheamus.
Sheamus has been built as a solid challenger to Bryan’s title. He has been doing a number of interviews leading up to his match, where he’s said that he’s changed his persona to be more aggressive in the ring.
From 411mania.com/wrestling, Sheamus recently spoke with Marvel Comics about what he has over Bryan saying:
On What To Expect From His WrestleMania Match: They should expect two Superstars who want to be where The Rock is, where Triple H is, where Undertaker is—two guys who missed it last year who want to steal the show at WrestleMania XXVIII and you're going to see aggressive style [you] won't see anywhere else, especially Bryan. Bryan may be smaller but against me, he definitely makes up in his ability and technical prowess; he's also one tough little fellow. But, of course, against me, I'm just more of an aggressive attacking brute. They call me an Irish brute there at SmackDown, so maybe I'm a big Irish brute but it's going to be a great clash of styles and one to remember.
However, before that interview, Sheamus said that he was “humbled” when he opened last year’s WrestleMania with Bryan in a dark match saying:
"I didn't make Mania last year; I was little bit humbled about that. I realized I've got to start again. What I was currently doing wasn't working, so I changed up things about my style. I became more aggressive, more dedicated, more intense - taking it match by match, night by night - to literally crawl and scratch my way back to the top."
That crawl back to the top has seen Sheamus win the Royal Rumble, be a dominant force on the Smackdown side of the roster and should finish with his first run as the World Heavyweight Champion.
As champion, Sheamus can carry the Smackdown side as a dominant face, taking down whichever heels step in his way.
They could build Sheamus vs. Bryan for the May and June pay-per-views. Or, they can push a new challenger, like Cody Rhodes, to the top of the card and have a fresh feud to kick off the WWE year.
Bryan has done a great job carrying the title into WrestleMania. The time is now for Sheamus to take that next step and assert himself as the top guy on Smackdown.