April 3, 2001
A year before their 18 seconds of infamy, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus had another WrestleMania match. The match had garnered significant buzz among many savvy wrestling fans who were already enamored with Bryan and interested to see how the two men’s styles would play off one another.
However, as was their fate, Bryan’s challenge for Sheamus’ United States Championship would be turned in to a lumberjack match and then pushed back to the preshow. The match has its moments, but can never find a flow, and before any enjoyable rhythym can be found, the fight inevitably spills to the outside and instead of letting the lumberjack chaos play out, the match is thrown out as a no contest.
A United States title match with no ending that is then transitioned in to a battle royal that ends up being won by The Great Khali is not the way to start off a WrestleMania.