Wrestlemania 28 is in the books and was a huge improvement from last year's lackluster card. Triple H and Undertaker went through a grueling hell in a cell match, Jericho and Punk had a captivating back-and-forth bout and Rock and Cena wrestled a classic...
In fact, the only part of the event that didn't deliver was the first aired title fight between Sheamus and Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship.
One Brogue Kick and 18 seconds was all it took for Sheamus to become the new champion, and for WWE to disappoint a large group of fans watching in the stadium and at home.
In WWE's defense, they did have some reasoning for this. Sheamus is a rising star and is receiving a huge push. The length of the match was also an attempt to be the shortest match in WrestleMania history, but it did not beat the mark set by Kane and Chavo Guerrero in 2004.
Regardless of the push or the record, WWE robbed Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and fans of what could have been a great matchup showcasing two of the brightest young stars. Fans in Miami immediately showed their discontent for the outcome by chanting, "Daniel Bryan" for the next few matches.
Sheamus is a large athlete, but he's not the Great Khali; he can put on competitive and interesting matches. Daniel Bryan is regarded as one of the best technical wrestlers in the business. What could have been an exciting back-and-forth match showing strength versus technique was instead used as a novelty.
Using Daniel Bryan for an 18-second novelty match is the equivalent of Peyton Manning being used to only hold the football for field goals.
Many will argue that this is to continue a storyline between the two. Although this is good, using WrestleMania as a storyline setup is a waste of time and money.
Sheamus deserved a hard-fought match to show he is championship caliber. Daniel Bryan deserved a high-profile match to show his talent as a wrestler. But most of all, the paying fans deserved something more from the first WrestleMania match of the night.
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