Sheamus and Big Show are prepared to battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday night. In doing so, this Chairs match will be the best match the last card of the 2012 schedule has to offer.
For starters, the depleted card has no CM Punk, victim of knee surgery after his clash with Ryback during a brawl involving the Shield and Team Hell No. Punk and Ryback were prepared to battle for the WWE Championship, but they will now have to wait until 2013.
The rest of the card isn't exactly in line with what the company has been putting out all season. That's not a bad thing, but it's unpredictable in terms of audience reaction in front of the first ever crowd at Brooklyn's Barclay Center.
Team Hell No and Ryback will renew the bout with the Shield in a TLC match that will be the biggest sell of the event.
Dolph Ziggler and John Cena have both generated some buzz, with the latter champion a decided underdog against the Money in the Bank champion. Cashing in his briefcase is a big storyline, too, but Ziggler likely doesn't have the chops to be the best match on the card.
That leaves Sheamus and Big Show, two men whose feud stretches back to Hell in a Cell in October, where Sheamus lost his title to Big Show after 210 days.
The two met again at Survivor Series last month, with Show getting DQ'd—Sheamus wasn't awarded the title because of the disqualification. That leaves this December showdown to determine the true winner of the grudge match.
You know what they say: The third time is the charm.
Sheamus is certainly excited, as evidenced by this Twitter post:
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) December 16, 2012
With the title on the line, this match already added a level of intrigue that is surely going to keep fans in New York happy. Add in the feud between the two men and the desire to make up for the company's top heel still on the shelf, and you've got a wild card in terms of which match will be the most exciting.
Additionally, the Chair match has been one of the biggest duds over the years. Big Show lost his match in this specific bout a few years back, and he'll be eager to avenge the disqualification loss he suffered at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Not only are chairs the weapon of choice, Sheamus barraged Big Show with a chair after being DQ'd. If you don't think Show remembers that, think again.
With all these factors at play, make sure you're tuned in to this bout when it comes on your screen (no matter how you watch). I don't know if this is the last time we'll see this feud in the WWE, but this match is sure to not disappoint.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.