WWE SmackDown Recap: Bryan Vs. Sheamus Heats Up, WMania Match Announced, Big Return
Sheamus and Jericho then get up and Sheamus looks to attack. However, as he runs at Jericho, Chris holds the ropes down and Sheamus flies out of the ring. With Sheamus on the outside, Daniel Bryan and AJ make their way down the ring as we go to commercial break. As we come back, we see Bryan and AJ sitting near the commentators booth, with Jericho hitting a catapult with Sheamus' neck getting caught on the bottom rope for the guillotine. Jericho continues to attack Sheamus, hitting the snap mare and locking in a variation of a headlock. Sheamus fights through, however and hits the ropes. Jericho, still with his wits about him, lands a knee to the mid-section before taunting a fallen Sheamus.
Jericho then picks Sheamus up and lands a back suplex, but only gets a one count. From his knees, Sheamus delivers some shots of Sheamus. However, Jericho lands a front drop kick and gets another one count before locking in a headlock. Sheamus begins to fight out of it and picks Jericho up on his back only to ram him into the corner. When coming into the corner, however, Jericho kicks his way out of trouble. Jericho goes for a running bulldog, but Sheamus throws Jericho into the opposite corner as both men are down and hurt. They both get up, but Sheamus lands a few double axe handles and then hits the Irish Curse back-breaker. Sheamus then catches Jericho on his shoulders and moves through it for a rolling senton. However, the move only gets Sheamus a two count. Sheamus goes after Jericho, however Jericho hits Sheamus with a thumb to the eye. Jericho then waits for Sheamus to attack and counters the Brogue kick by moving out of the way with Sheamus draped over the top rope. Jericho then hits a drop kick and Sheamus falls to the canvas. With Sheamus in position, Jericho runs to the ropes and hits a Lion Sault. Jericho goes for the cover but only gets a couple of seconds.
Sheamus then fights Jericho off in the corner, before grabbing onto the top rope and rolling into position on the top rope. However, Jericho hits the ropes and crotches the Great White. Jericho goes into attack and Sheamus kicks him back, then hits the Battering Ram off the top rope. Sheamus is now looking for the Celtic Cross. However, Jericho moves out of position and gets Sheamus into the Walls Of Jericho. Sheamus, however, powers out of it as he reaches the ropes. Sheamus then goes for the Celtic Cross once more, but Jericho slides out of it, only to be clotheslined over the top rope. Sheamus goes to the outside and sends Jericho into the barricade. Sheamus then sends Jericho back into the ring, but Jericho keeps Sheamus outside by shoving him off of the ring apron and into the announce table. Jericho distracts the referee and Daniel Bryan hits a front drop kick to Sheamus while he's on his knees. The referee continues his count and Sheamus is counted out.
Winner: Chris Jericho
After the match, Daniel Bryan and AJ head to the back and Sheamus begins to chase them. However, a hurt Sheamus begins licking his wounds at the bottom of the ramp way, with Bryan smiling at the entrance way. Jericho celebrates in the ring, and Sheamus slides back in to deliver the Brogue Kick. As Smackdown! goes off the air, both Sheamus and Bryan stare each other down.
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