United States Champion Sheamus def. Cesaro

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September 21, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United States Champion Sheamus loves a good fight. The Celtic Warrior found his perfect opponent in Cesaro when the he successfully defended the stars-and-stripes title in a battle at Night of Champions.

In the weeks leading into Night of Champions, Cesaro lurked at ringside during The Celtic Warrior’s non-title matches, disrupting his rhythm and slowing his momentum before their showdown. Cesaro’s biggest offense came when Sheamus faced Seth Rollins on Sept. 8’s Raw. After helping Rollins eke out a victory with a timely distraction, Cesaro stood over the weakened Sheamus and screamed “Fella!” before adding injury to insult with a Neutralizer and proudly raising the U.S. Title.

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The combatants wasted little time in dishing out punishment to one another at Night of Champions, exchanging brawling blows and reversing one another’s best moves. Cesaro slowed Sheamus significantly with a sleeper hold that threw off  The Celtic Warrior’s equilibrium. Sheamus tried to regain momentum with a suplex, but Cesaro continued to reverse or counter whatever Sheamus threw his way. He even powered out of Sheamus’ signature 10 Beats of the Bodhran, a WWE first.

It appeared to be Cesaro’s night when he successfully ducked a Brogue Kick and followed up with a devastating European Uppercut for a two count. Cesaro ultimately countered three Brogue Kicks, but became frustrated when Sheamus repeatedly kicked out every pinning attempt. In a rage, Cesaro slapped The Celtic Warrior repeatedly and unleashed a series of punches to Sheamus’ ribs in the corner.

Cesaro was backed off Sheamus by the referee, creating a short window of opportunity for the U.S. Champion. Sheamus unleashed a brutal Brogue Kick to Cesaro’s face to barely retain his United States Championship.

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