10 WWE Matches That Completely Exceeded Expectations
10. Sheamus Vs. Cesaro (Night Of Champions 2014)
into Night of Champions 2014, fans had little reason to be invested in the
United States Championship feud between Sheamus and Cesaro.
been named the No. 1 contender after beating Rob Van Dam on the 25 August showing of
Raw, and from there on in it was your usual, pedestrian pre-PPV build. There
was the occasional multi-man tag match here and there, as well as the odd
distraction at ringside as the rivalry plodded through the motions to pad out
the intervening weeks.
On top of
that, you could argue they’d been cast the wrong way around, with the
superhuman Cesaro playing the heel and a rather bland Sheamus playing the babyface.
PPV itself though, Sheamus and Cesaro put on a hard-hitting slugfest that
was anything but pedestrian.
opening soon evolved into something of an ode to strong style, especially by
WWE standards, with stiff strikes and uppercuts aplenty, as the two delivered the
match of the night on a card that featured John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar in the
evening’s main event.