Sheamus is making a habit out of being a part of the match of the night.
During a Raw where the Birmingham crowd went from frenzied to sleepy, where the Vickie Guerrero and AJ storyline dragged on, Sheamus and The Miz put on a fantastic wrestling match.
Over the last few weeks, The Celtic Warrior has slugged it out with Wade Barrett in captivating, violent clashes. His work with Miz had a different flavor, but was still Raw's best.
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes had the look of a masterpiece, but ended early. The tag team main event of Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk vs. John Cena and Ryback was very good as well, but was too one-sided once Ryback got involved.
Instead, Raw's most entertaining clash came from two recent champions.
Sheamus may get some John Cena Superman comparisons for taking a beating for much of the match and managing to win anyway. The difference between Cena and Sheamus is that even when The Great White wins, he makes his foes look powerful.
Miz was made to look opportunistic and crafty, taking advantage of Sheamus losing focus thanks to Big Show sitting at the announce table.
Aside from the final Brogue Kick, Miz countered or dodged Sheamus' signature moves.
Throughout the match, Sheamus looked like he'd been through hell, his chest reddened, his legs wobbly. As he so often does, he made the action seem more intense with his penchant for both giving and taking a dramatic beating.
This was never a showcase of a single star. Sheamus and Miz both benefited.
For Miz to make Sheamus work so hard for the victory, he shook off his recent losses to Kofi Kingston and showed that he still belongs in the main-event picture.
Sheamus carried on his tough-guy legacy with another exhibition of his power and resiliency.
Other than a vicious knee lift that echoed throughout the LG Arena, there weren't many spots that stood out. It was more about the flow of the action, the realism and ring psychology on display.
Lost in the Survivor Series card-change confusion, with the commentators and Big Show talking over much of the match, Miz and Sheamus put on an engrossing performance.
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