WWE News: Why Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan Was Planned for 18 Seconds

Justin WatrySenior WriterApril 2, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WrestleMania XXVIII is officially in the books! I thought it was an excellent show, with my money well spent. Even with the great matches with Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena and The Rock, many are still buzzing about the opening match.

For those that missed it, Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to win the World Heavyweight Championship. In doing so, the match lasted a mere 18 seconds, less than a minute.

Here is a report, as to why WWE planned this:

F4Wonline.com reports that the plan was for them to beat the Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero record for shortest match a few years ago but they didn't beat it. The short title change had apparently been planned for a while but there were people in WWE trying to get it changed.


My Thoughts on This News

First, I would like to remind everybody about my prediction on this match over a week ago. I thought these two should go for less than a minute, and it did!

As expected, I had zero issues with how this all went down last night.

WWE knows what they are doing, and I saw this as their only option at WrestleMania. The "too smart" fans with their "Yes!" signs certainly didn't, but that is fine.

They paid thousands of dollars for their trips to Miami, and they certainly saw their beloved Dragon perform at the grandest stage of them all. Sheamus fans got exactly what they wanted as well.

Both sides won last night.

AJ gave Bryan a kiss, right before Sheamus kicked his head off. Three seconds later, we had a brand-new World Champion!

As a paying customer last night, this was a great start to the show.

Unless I am having trouble with my eyes or ears, I could have sworn the crowd went crazy with this. Correct me if I am off, but I certainly saw tons of excited fans.

The crowd didn't boo. Nobody was yelling, "Oh my...buried! Poor Bryan."

No. That is completely laughable, and yet another reason why I stick to logic and sense. Even trying to put these two against each other for longer than a minute was simple "fantasy booking."

As for WWE going to the record-breaking title match, that was a nice idea. The company loves making big headlines, and Sheamus winning in mere seconds certainly has caused a stir.

If you don't believe me, just look around. Everyone is up in arms because the face destroyed the heel at Mania in a title match! The Rumble winner got his moment in the sun, and people are shocked?


I am sure the match length has a lot to do with it, but that makes zero sense.

The entire PPV ended two minutes before the top of the fourth hour. That is a tight window, folks. Even going a couple more seconds or even minutes extra could be a disaster.

As for some trying to change the finish, good for them!

It wasn't going to happen, but I respect them for trying. Sheamus is the next big star in WWE, and nothing is stopping that. Certainly not Daniel Bryan.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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