World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)

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April 29, 2012

Heading to the Extreme

Since winning the World Heavyweight Title from Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, Sheamus’ hands had been full, not only with the former champion, but also with WWE EVP John Laurinaitis. After The Great White lost his cool and Brogue Kicked a referee on April 6, the General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown issued him the record-setting fine of $500,000 and put him on “permanent probation.”

The Celtic Warrior’s frustration could only be outdone by Bryan’s humiliation. After losing the World Title in 18 seconds at The Showcase of the Immortals, WWE’s resident “Yes!” man dismissed his defeat as nothing more than a “fluke.” In fact, when given the right to choose the stipulation of his title rematch, he selected 2-out-of-3 Falls – with the goal of defeating The Great White twice and ultimately prove his superiority.

But, before their potentially three-part rematch could take place, the submission specialist would look to distance himself from his girlfriend AJ. Placing the blame for all his problems on the spitfire Diva’s shoulders, he broke up with her in the cruelest fashion possible – eventually telling her that he “wished [she was] never born.” As a result, AJ would completely snap – first on third-generation Diva Natalya and then on her best friend Kaitlyn.

For Sheamus and Bryan, the road to the Extreme was paved with frustration, humiliation and unbridled emotion, all of which would collide to create one of the most chaotic 2-out-of-3 Falls Matches in recent memory.