Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
WWE Extreme Rules - Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus
This was great stuff with a very good story told. Bryan was made to look fucking awesome here, and he delivered, imo, one of his best performances of his career. He was so good at wearing down Sheamus at first by going after anything he could including the arm and the neck to soften him up for the Yes Lock after the quick back and forth start with Bryan using his quickness and Sheamus even trying a new submission to combat Bryans. Awesome workover segment that lasted a long time but it was so entertaining because Bryan knows how to do that and keep things fresh and interesting by adding in little things like bending the fingers and the arm in brutal looking ways. I really liked the booking of the first two falls with Bryan relentlessly kicking Sheamus in the arm and not letting up even when he was in the ropes. Bryans reaction after made it even better as he knew he could win the fall back with the Yes Lock and thats exactly what he did. Sheamus was given time to recover with the rest period as he was attended to by medics and whatever else WWE likes to call them, and that allowed him to make his comeback which was really good. The only downside was the finish was slightly anti-climatic with Sheamus simply making a comeback and winning with only one real nearfall on Bryan but that didn't take away from the rest which was absolutely top notch. Bryans performance was awesome and he gave Sheamus the best match of his career to date. ****+
I missed the last part of Punk/Jericho but I was digging it quite a bit, I'll have to rewatch it tomorrow.