WWE WrestleMania 27: Breaking Down the Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus Match

Cec Van GaliniAnalyst IIIMarch 9, 2011

Two of the WWE's youngest superstars. Two guys who were tipped for long-term success. And yet at present seem to have lost their way a little. At WrestleMania however, I feel that they will bring something quite amazing to the ring, and put on a wrestling masterclass.

It seems to be a pattern of his matches, that Bryan does not immediately foster the idea that you are about to watch something amazing. His whole demeanor, character and even attire, is simply ordinary.

Here lies the magic.

Daniel Bryan isn't a traditional WWE superstar, in so much as he lets his wrestling speak for him. In a similar vein to perhaps Jack Swagger and Kurt Angle, he is able to simply go out and wrestle. Neither Bryan nor Swagger are great actors, they will surely admit this themselves, but they know how to wrestle.

The WWE has with Bryan, a great talent that simply needs the right creative direction, something akin to a silent assassin. Someone who comes to the ring, does the business and leaves.

Like a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, we don't hear much but what we see, tells everything.

And so billing him with Ireland's native son, Sheamus is a strange one. On paper, you would surely fancy Sheamus. He's bigger, badder and significantly heavier. And yet, his run to WrestleMania has been less than illustrious.

For many, WrestleMania XXVII should have seen Sheamus take on Triple H. Perhaps as a result of Sting's rejection, the WWE has been forced to change plans, swapping Sting with Triple H, and putting Sheamus instead with another opponent.

After all, there was no immediate reason why we would even have this match. The two had not shown any great rivalry or disagreement. And yet here we are.

The match itself will rely on a counterbalance of Bryan's technical skills and Sheamus' brute power. Like a classic, David versus Goliath affair, the crowd will support the underdog.

Could this be a deciding factor? This after all could be the first match of the evening.

It remains a hallmark of many wrestling organisations that it is the mid-card that often produces the best matches. Many of the recent PPVs have relied on solid matches producing an effective crowd reaction so as to give the event positive momentum. Bryan upsetting the odds and beating Sheamus could have such an effect.

After all, Sheamus is a character people love to hate.

He has become to some extent, a clown. A figure of fun. A stereotype of Irishness that is one throw away from requiring the use of Hornswoggle as a mascot. When he loses, people enjoy it, and that is one reason why he could be onto another WrestleMania defeat.

He could go 0-2.

There are rumours coming out of Connecticut that Sheamus is no longer seen as the heir apparent of Triple H. His recent beatdown only confirms that his place in the main event, is at least for now, on the back burner.

How the mighty have fallen.

Sheamus needs momentum, just as Bryan needs creative direction. Their match at WrestleMania has the potential to give one of them the required effect.

If Sheamus wins, he captures gold and a winning way.

If Bryan wins, he takes the scalp of a monster, and the momentum builds to the next PPV.

Its hard to call a winner when their attributes are laid out, but given their recent storylines, it must surely be Daniel Bryan that will come out on top. His victory after a strong 15minute match will spark the crowd up, and allow them to look forward to the rest of the night.

WrestleMania XXVII might now be all about Triple H and Undertaker. But maybe the evening will begin with a classic, one that pits two of its youngest stars against each other.

Who knows, maybe we will see the winner at WrestleMania XXIX, challenging the streak, if Triple H were to fail?