Sheamus and Drew McIntyre collided on the most recent edition of WWE SmackDown in a contest amongst top contenders for Gunther’s Intercontinental Title. On the blue brand last week, the two stars squared off in a Fatal Five-Way qualifying match that resulted in a double pinfall. Following the match, Adam Pearce said they would square off in a singles match to decide a clear victor.
Sheamus used the Irish Curse backbreaker and attempted the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán during the bout, but Drew dodged it. The latter attempted to strike one of his own, but his opponent blocked the attempt. At the match’s ringside, members of IMPERIUM Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci were present. The Beats of the Bodhrán were successfully applied to The Celtic Warrior’s adversary after the commercial break.
Although McIntyre deflected his attempt at the Brogue Kick into a neck breaker, he was unsuccessful. Sheamus nearly caused the Scottish Warrior to fall when he caught him with a running knee as he reached for the Claymore. Sheamus attempted a Brogue Kick, while Drew attempted a Claymore, and they both succeeded in knocking each other out at the same time. The referee then decided to end the match as IMPERIUM attacked both men and invaded the ring.
Gunther would then go up against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 39 to defend his Intercontinental Title, according to Adam Pearce. All indications seem to lean strongly towards two women headlining WrestleMania 39’s opening night. The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns has been scheduled to conclude Night Two for some time.
But there has been some debate in the wrestling community about who should receive the accolades for the opening night. Despite all the options being considered, Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the “SmackDown” Women’s Title seems to have won out in the end. Asuka vs. Bianca Belair for the “Raw” Women’s Championship appeared to be the “stronger” possibility, with the “SmackDown” Women’s Title defence being the night’s final women’s event.