Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds for the World Heavyweight Championship at last year's WrestleMania got Bryan on the path to where he is now.
The next night on Raw, fans who had travelled from around the world revolted by chanting "YES!" throughout the entire show and it was soon clear that the curse of the short loss had actually set up Bryan to be one of the most over babyfaces in WWE.
They feuded a little while longer, with Sheamus retaining the title in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match at Extreme Rules that was one of the best PPV matches of 2012.
Since then, they hadn't really crossed paths until a month ago.
This time in a babyface match (instead of Bryan working heel), they picked up where they left off with an excellent match that opened Raw. These two have had great chemistry for a few years (two years ago, there was a smaller uproar when they were bumped off WrestleMania during a U.S. Title feud) but never had enough matches together, so it was really nice to see them tearing it up again.
They beat the hell out of each other in what turned into an obvious showcase for Bryan.
While in Sheamus's Cloverleaf submission hold, the two set up what has seemingly turned into a pattern for most of Bryan's major matches for the rest of the month: He escaped and won with a small package roll up.
If I had to guess, I'd say that with Bryan not having a non-submission finisher or enough time to establish one, WWE is using these flash pins to establish him as the superior wrestler who can defeat John Cena out of nowhere at SummerSlam.
I'd absolutely bet on at least one of the big near-falls being a small package counter of the STF or Attitude Adjustment.