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How many people actually expected The Big Show to walk out of Hell in a Cell as the World Heavyweight Champion? Not many, that's for sure.
Many thought that Sheamus would retain clean or Big Show would win the belt, only to lose it mere seconds later after Ziggler cashed in on him. But alas, Big Show left Atlanta with the World title around his waist.
The outcome of this match was surprising, and the match itself actually was, too. For the most part, it was about what I expected, with Big Show doing his usual dominant beatdown on Sheamus.
But there were some very entertaining spots that included Big Show tossing Sheamus over the announce table and Sheamus hitting Big Show with the White Noise in a ridiculously impressive show of strength.
Still, the best part of the match was the finish, which was a "finisher fest" of sorts. Sheamus kicked out after a WMD, Big Show kicked out after a Brogue Kick and then Sheamus went for another Brogue Kick, Big Show caught Sheamus and then annihilated him with a second WMD to get the victory.
Great finishing sequence there in a match that, although too slow at times, definitely exceeded my expectations and left me shocked with the way it ended.
Big Show is now the World Heavyweight Champion, and Sheamus' nearly seven-month long title reign is over. I'm sure Big Show is riding high now, but I don't really see him being anything more than a transitional champion.
I thought that Big Show would be used to transition the World title onto Ziggler tonight, but that didn't happen. However, that doesn't mean it won't.
Expect Sheamus to use his rematch against Big Show at Survivor Series, and of course, you can also expect the rumblings of a Ziggler cash-in to be there once again.