WrestleMania 28 match card preview: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

The four main event WrestleMania.

Although it's been technically done almost a handful of times, the only true instance in the event's history was at WrestleMania XIX when the two title matches were joined by a battle between Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan and the trilogy-ending match between The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

The following year saw the return of the classic "deadman" gimmick for The Undertaker which earned his match against half-brother Kane main event status as did the meeting between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg even though the two Superstars -- who the New York crowd already knew would be making their last appearances for the company -- were already an afterthought. What was supposed to be a clash of titans, a meeting of goliaths was brushed off and chastised.

WrestleMania 24 also had four main events if the ECW Championship match is included. Even though a brand's primary title was at stake, let's not kid ourselves here. There's no way Chavo Guerrero taking on Kane would ever be considered a WrestleMania main event otherwise.

Sunday's (April 1) WrestleMania 28 event is the first true four main event show since 2003. The headliner will end up being The Rock taking on John Cena, a match literally one year in the making. The second non-title marquee match-up will be a Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Triple H, a meeting WWE has hyped as "The End of an Era." And of course, both world titles will be on the line. WWE Champion CM Punk will defend his strap against Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan hopes to fend off the challenge of Sheamus with the World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance.

Let's take a look at that match, which, of the four, seems to have gotten the least amount of attention and build. Will it suffer for it? And who will leave Miami as the champion?

Check it out after the jump.

On December 18, 2011 at the TLC pay-per-view (PPV), Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase - which he won in July at the PPV of the same name - on a prone Mark Henry. The Hall of Pain curator had just lost the World Heavyweight Championship to The Big Show but the beast was raw over the loss and laid Show out with a DDT on a steel chair.

After promising to wait until WrestleMania 28 to cash in his briefcase, Bryan's music hit and he-- after being encouraged to do so against Henry just weeks prior -- took advantage of a prone champion and won his first world title in WWE.

His about-face on when he would cash in his briefcase planted the seeds for what would become a fantastic rulebreaker turn. He hooked up with the lovely A.J. and she began accompanying him to ringside. One such occasion saw the pint-sized Diva get bowled over by Show, leading Daniel to lay on a thick guilt trip. This lead to a cage match -- also including Henry -- at this year's Royal Rumble. Bryan would win out and would replicate the result the following month at Elimination Chamber, surviving five other Superstars to secure his spot at WrestleMania 28.

Meanwhile, back at the Rumble, an event many felt would be won by Chris Jericho - who had recently returned promising the end of the world - or Randy Orton, who was in his hometown of St. Louis. While they were both in the final four, neither won as the honor went to Sheamus.

It was reported soon after WWE quickly changed their original plans in an effort to swerve the internet. I don't think much of this since Jericho's angle with Punk didn't need "The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah" to win the Rumble and Orton's injury situation likely prevented WWE from pulling the trigger on him winning as well.

Sheamus, on the other hand, needed a reason to challenge for the world title. He doesn't have the clout the previous two do so a Royal Rumble win under his belt will go a long way towards increasing his burgeoning popularity. He made his intentions known he would be challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship when he attacked Bryan after the champion's successful defense at Elimination Chamber.
So who wins this match?

An ad for a Smackdown house show in Louisiana might have spilled the beans but regardless, a Sheamus victory has to be in the cards. While Bryan is utterly fantastic in his cowardly heel role, there's little room for it to grow if he continues to hang onto the title. A loss to Sheamus could send him over the edge, turning his condescending remarks to A.J. to something far more sinister.

WrestleMania programs rarely end at the big event so these two will likely see action again at Extreme Rules on April 29. From there, Sheamus can move onto a feud with top Smackdown Superstar Randy Orton or possibly someone from Raw making the move to Friday nights thanks to the Draft.

Bryan, unfortunately, might end up going to being an enhancement talent, being used to make others look good. A feud with on-the-bubble Justin Gabriel or even a returning Rey Mysterio would work for the vegan Superstar.

From being bumped to dark match status at WrestleMania 27 to battling in a world title match the following year, both Daniel Bryan and Sheamus have had quite a year.

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