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April 3, 2011

Live blog from WrestleMania XXVII: U.S. champion Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan in a lumberjack match

Live report from the Georgia Domie in Atlanta:

This match was moved from the pay-per-view to a dark match. The lumberjacks were all of the guys not already on the card.

After several minutes of action, both wrestlers ended up on the outside of the ring, and they and all of the lumberjacks began brawling.

The bell rang at the 4:18 mark, and then Smackdown general manager Teddy Long came out and made the match a battle royal.

It came down to Sheamus, Bryan and The Great Khali. After Sheamus took out Bryan, Khali tossed Sheamus out of the ring for the victory at the 8:46 mark.

The Great Khali? Really?

Posted by Kevin Eck at 6:43 PM | | Comments (11)


That's really disappointing; this was probably the match I was most looking forward to. Not a good start to WM. I'd imagine the crowd, which is probably pretty smarkish, wasn't happy.

That's a shame. Sheamus and Bryan are arguably the two best wrestlers in the company and they could have had the match of the year. Instead, they are essentially shoved behind the curtain in an inconsequential battle royal. It also doesn't say a great deal about the U.S. Championship.


Disgusting. I paid 55 bucks for Mania and I wanted to see Bryan vs. Sheamus for the US Title!

It's really sad that neither the Intercontinental nor the U.S. titles were defended at the "Superbowl" of wrestling event of the year.

Some of the WWE's most talented performers got snubbed by Snooki, Michael Cole, and a pointless 8 man tag match...but seeing Austin giving a few stunners was a guilty pleasure- I'll admit.

Snooki actually had some moves surprisingly...

so did Khali win the US Championship?

As the lumberjacks were introduced Zack Ryder and Drew McIntyre got small pops. I couldn't believe my ears but Sheamus got a pop too, and there were cheers for him throughout the match, but maybe that was just because people just wanted to get it started and wanted to cheer period. Drew McIntyre was dominant in the Battle Royal as was Sheamus. Poor R-Truth was the first one eliminated. It seems his future endeavors are getting closer to becoming reality.

This honestly pissed me off above all as a Sheamus fan. It was one of the only matches I was looking forward to. We don't even know if Sheamus is keeping the title of US champ or not because of frlippin' Kali DAMMIT I'm still pissed and its been four hours since the damn WM 27 ended.

What? Wait a second. Was this for the U.S. title? Does that mean Khali is the new U.S. champ???
But I must admit I´m not surprised Bryan vs. Sheamus ended up to be the “dark match”. I guess Daniel Bryan is just not “sports-entertaining” enough for WM :-(

RESPONSE FROM KE: The battle royal was not for the title.

So we have time for Pee Wee Herman, Mae Young, Snoop Dizzle, Hornswoggle rapping, and all the video packages over and over again. Not to mention the Cole business went on way too long. But we can't give these two guys 10 minutes on the pay-per-view to tear it up.

I didn't even know about the match being moved to before the show, I thought they scrapped it altogether on the fly due to time constraints. Maybe they announced that in the beginning when I was still getting some snacks prepared.

And for any tool that wants to say that no one bought a ticket for this match, fine. But I sure as hell didn't pay 65 bucks to see Mae Young either.

I was looking forward to this match, so it's very disappointing that it was moved to a dark match. At least the title didn't change hands dark..

I can only imagine how disappointed the live fans must have been when the match was turned into a battle royal. Impromptu battle royals are never interesting.

My favorite part was the Diesel chant that broke out during the match. Of course, had the Diesel chant actually been because Kevin Nash were wrestling, I would have been irate since I hadn't made it to my seat yet when the battle royal ended (in fact, I completely missed the fact that the match started as a United States championship match).

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