When Sheamus won the Royal Rumble, most people expected him to challenge Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship since CM Punk/Chris Jericho was all but a lock.
The Celtic Warrior made us wait for his decision, though.
At the Elimination Chamber, Sheamus went directly for Bryan, executing his finisher and officially choosing the world title for WrestleMania.
Since then, the two superstars have had a war of words while also competing against each other in tag-team action.
The interaction wouldn’t stop there, though, as Bryan tended to scout Sheamus during the Celtic Warrior’s matches.
Whether he was up in the sky box or right at ringside, the world champion watched his future opponent carefully. On one occasion he even cost him a match, drop kicking him on the outside causing him to get counted out.
Bryan has been using one main strategy since the match was made: hiding behind his much smaller girlfriend A.J.
He’s been doing it since winning the title, putting her in harm’s way almost every match.
Expect her to get involved somehow during this match and possibly cause the outcome.
This feud has been about even with both going back-and-forth on the mic and one attacking the other one week and the other getting revenge the following week.
It wasn’t until this past Monday on Raw, though, that the momentum finally shifted. When Bryan pinned Sheamus after A.J. saved him from a Brogue Kick in a tag team match the momentum went into his corner.
Will that give the champion the advantage come the match? I don’t think so.
This feud has been so even throughout that this match will be just as much.
Despite his tactics, Daniel Bryan has been a dominate champion. He has taken down the likes of the Big Show, Mark Henry and Randy Orton since becoming champion and there may be no stopping him.
Sheamus has been dominate in his own right, destroying anyone who got in his way since being drafted to SmackDown last year.
This will be a great match and very well could steal the show. Everyone is expecting Punk/Jericho to be the match of the night, including myself, but I think this match will surprise us.
Who do I think will win? Well, there seems to be a curse on Royal Rumble winners the past four years.
Rumble winners John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge and Alberto Del Rio have all lost at the past four WrestleMania’s and that trend could continue here with Sheamus.
I think this curse will be broken, though, and it will be Sheamus that shatters it!
Winner and New Champion: Sheamus