World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio

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September 16, 2012

When the bell rang, the WWE Universe saw shades of WrestleMania, as Sheamus looked to end things early with a Brogue Kick to the distracted challenger. Instead of catching Del Rio, though, The Celtic Warrior leveled David Otunga off the apron, sending Ricardo Rodriguez’s legal counsel crashing to the ringside floor and drawing a huge cheer from the Boston crowd.

Sheamus then took control of the action early on, connecting with a battering ram off the apron and into Del Rio at ringside. But Del Rio turned things around when he sent The Great White crashing into the Spanish announce table, and The Mexican Aristocrat then dictated the pace of the fight.

Del Rio methodically attacked Sheamus’ left arm, looking perhaps to soften the champion up for the Cross Armbreaker. Del Rio appeared calm and confident as he stalked the ring, but when Sheamus countered Del Rio off the top rope with an ax handle, The Great White built momentum and put on a power display.

Sheamus, still gripping his left arm after Del Rio’s targeted assault, planted his opponent with White Noise, and the end seemed inevitable for The Mexican Aristocrat. In the corner, Sheamus called for the Brogue Kick, but Del Rio ducked and nailed the champion with a devastating kick of his own.

The two Superstars traded submission attempts —Del Rio looking for the Cross Armbreaker and Sheamus seeking the Cloverleaf — but neither competitor would give in to the other. Things looked bad for The Celtic Warrior, however, when Sheamus’ weakened left arm got tied up in the ropes.

Smelling blood in the water, Del Rio hammered away, taking advantage of the prone titleholder.

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