Sheamus vs Finn Balor was a pay-per-view worthy match that WWE blundered

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Both WWE and its employees are always in favour of pushing a performer who is working in front of their hometown crowd.

Given the reaction this set-up often receives, it is easy to understand why the company promote certain WWE superstars when they are back in the place they grew up in.

Opening Night

With this in mind, WWE kicked off its European tour last night at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland and the one of the biggest matches of the night was sure to go down a storm.


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Not one, but two Irishmen were to face-off against each other for the first time ever, and what better stage to have this happen than in somewhere so close to home for both men.

It was the current Money In The Bank Briefcase holder; Sheamus who was looking to overcome the might of the current NXT Champion, Finn Balor, last night.

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The two men were welcomed by an unsurprisingly incredible reaction from the crowd in attendance, with The Celtic Warrior hailing specifically from Dublin and Balor's hometown being just south of the capital.

As for the match itself, the WWE Universe was treated to a memorable bout between two well-respected members of the company.

Both men were given plenty of time to take in the occasion, with their entrances lasting around five minutes in total, proving the significance of the match even before the action got under way in the ring. 

There was clearly a great energy right from the beginning of this bout, with Sheamus proving his dominance as the superstar on the main WWE roster.

With the 34-year-old Balor eventually able to regain his composure, however, he came into his own and showed incredible athleticism against The Celtic Warrior.

At around the 20-minute mark it seemed it was all over for Balor after a missed Coup de Grace resulted in Sheamus landing a firm Brogue Kick, only for the NXT star to emphatically kick out of the subsequent pin.

High energy 

With the crowd on his side at this point, Balor eventually managed to achieve the victory by countering Sheamus' High Cross attempt into a Sunset Flip, which was a fittingly impressive end to an amazing encounter. 

Ultimately, the match lasted just shy of half an hour which, for a Sheamus match, is unheard of lately. With this in mind, WWE clearly wanted to push the all-Irish encounter greatly and, rightly so as it came off extremely well.

So well in fact that it could have and possibly should have, been saved for a bigger stage but it can be argued that the occasion was made more memorable by the fact it was in Ireland, which a WWE pay-per-view event is unlikely to be anytime soon. 

Still, this was a great match and one which will surely be remembered should the two Irishmen ever face each other again in a WWE ring. 

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