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History was on the line, with echoes reverberating of the superb Intercontinental Title Match between Bret Hart and The British Bulldog that happened more 30 years ago at the last stadium show held in the United Kingdom. The family of Davey Boy Smith and Hart himself were at ringside to witness this matchup.
Just like a few weeks ago on SmackDown, Gunther and Sheamus maintained eye contact while the other members of The Brawling Brutes and Imperium clashed with each other. Once the bell rang, however, it was all business with the two hard-hitting Europeans going blow-for-blow.
Gunther delivered on his promise to chop Sheamus to bits, leaving The Celtic Warrior’s chest scarred with bruises. After all the punishment Sheamus received, he kept bouncing back, repeatedly hitting The Ring General with the Beats of the Bodhran.
With the Intercontinental Championship being the last title Sheamus needed to become a Grand Slam Champion, Sheamus poured his heart into this matchup, feeding off the energy that Cardiff, Wales gave him. Even a brutal Powerbomb from Gunther couldn’t quell the heart of The Celtic Warrior.
To the dismay of many, Gunther kicked out of the Celtic Cross, which nearly sealed the deal for Sheamus. Another Powerbomb and a wicked lariat finally put Sheamus down as Gunther retained his Intercontinental Championship.
After the match, Sheamus received a standing ovation and raised his arms into the air, the WWE Universe appreciating his valiant performance.