Chris 'Abyss' Park produced Gunther and Sheamus' WWE Clash At The Castle bout, which was immediately hailed as one of the best bouts of the year upon its conclusion.
This is per PWInsider's Mike Johnson. While the former IMPACT Wrestling star has been receiving good reviews for his behind-the-scenes work in his promotion lately, this was his most acclaimed match internally, with the backstage buzz seemingly matching that of the viewers'.
Gunther defeated Sheamus in a shade under 20 minutes to retain his Intercontinental Championship on the 3 September premium live event. The bout was free of interferences and other shenanigans, with the Brawling Brutes and Imperium fighting away from ringside seconds after the opening bell, leaving the protagonists to slug it out in a brutal, stinging affair.
Gunther and Sheamus' chops and other strikes were so loud, they could be heard from the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium's upper decks. Sheamus' chest was reddened within minutes, too.
This latest defence was the third of Gunther's reign so far. He has had the Intercontinental strap since dethroning Ricochet on 10 June, though many anticipated a defeat to his Irish challenger in Wales.