WrestleMania 23's opening pyro.
The opening contest should always contain a few important factors: above-average wrestling, to set that "special" tone for WrestleMania; excitement, to ready the fans for the rest of the card; and intrigue, so that fans don't merely watch the spectacle, but become a part of it as they internally (or outwardly) debate the outcome based on a myriad of contributing elements.
This match contains all of that.
Daniel Bryan is renowned worldwide for his wrestling, while Sheamus proved his ability to put on a quality match at WrestleMania XXVI with Triple H and, more akin to what we might expect between these two, John Morrison towards the end of 2010.
The agile, acrobatic feats by Daniel Bryan, his intricate submission work and Sheamus' stiff offense will do wonders in exciting the crowd. Beyond those talents' individual appeal, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan should complement each other quite nicely.
Daniel Bryan's athleticism enables him to sell Sheamus' strikes to great effect, such as a flip bump through Sheamus' running Polish hammer, as we've seen in previous encounters; and Sheamus' strength should allow him to support Daniel Bryan through trickier maneuvers.
Throughout their respective WWE tenures, both these performers have been the subject of significant media attention; Daniel Bryan especially for his status as an "Internet darling" and the infamous "Tiegate," while Sheamus was resented for his alleged affiliation with Triple H.
Expect these details, in addition to the obvious factor that this is a US Championship match, to come into discussion as the match unfolds.