Finding himself in a months-long slump following his King of the Ring victory in 2010, an irate Celtic Warrior clinched the U.S. Title in an explosive bout with Bryan on the March 14 edition of Raw. Putting it all on the line, The Celtic Warrior vowed to quit WWE if he lost the match. With a devastating Brogue Kick, Sheamus became the new U.S. Champion, a distinction held by such legendary ring warriors as Bret “Hit Man” Hart, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Dusty Rhodes, Michael “P.S.” Hayes and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
His fighting spirit bruised but hardly broken by his defeat at Sheamus’ hand (or, more specifically, his boot), Bryan was quick to remind the Irish-born U.S. Champion that America is the land of opportunity, and chose to invoke his rematch clause on The Grandest Stage of Them All in what would be his first WrestleMania match.
With his imposing 6-foot-6 frame, Sheamus enters this bout with a clear size advantage, and his hard-hitting offense has already earned him two WWE Championships in his relatively short in-ring career. However, Bryan’s incredible arsenal of submission maneuvers and precision strikes – honed by a decade of dominance on the indie grappling circuit – makes him a threat to any opponent, big or small.
Will Daniel Bryan secure his second United States Championship with his dreaded LeBell Lock? Or will The Celtic Warrior once again assert his dominance against the submission specialist? To find out, tune in to WrestleMania, April 3, only on pay-per-view.