The match may have accomplished more for Sheamus in defeat than his at-times boring reign as world heavyweight champion has over the past six months.
Sheamus' methodical, almost robotic, streak of wins over the past several pay-per-views against largely one-dimensional heels has made it difficult for fans to embrace the Celtic Warrior as a top babyface, mainly because of lingering resentment stemming from his razor-quick victory over Daniel Bryan.
Sheamus appeared very human in a match dominated by the Big Show, and a match where Sheamus was booked as an over-matched champion who had to fight for every inch of offense he achieved.
Just when it seemed as if Sheamus was preparing to overcome a seemingly insurmountable task of slaying the WWE's greatest Giant of all time, fans begun organically calling for the Brogue Kick as opposed to Sheamus generating the ceremonial "brogue" chants through the pounding of his chest.
Unfortunately, the valiant champion fell short in his pursuit of yet another pay-per-view victory, but seemed to have gained the respect and admiration of the WWE Universe following a very humanizing loss. If his post-match applause was any indication of how the tides have begun to turn in Sheamus' favor in terms of universal support, things are definitely looking up.
With Sheamus now facing adversity for the first time in a long time, the former world heavyweight champion will have to make yet another hero's journey towards one of the richest prizes in the WWE.
On this journey, however, he will figure to have more support from WWE fans than ever as a once-dominant champion reminiscent of Goliath makes the unique transformation to David.