On Tuesday night, Sheamus earned a victory at the SmackDown tapings to become the new number one contender to the world heavyweight championship which is currently held by Randy Orton. According to PWTorch.com, Sheamus defeated Christian and Henry to earn this chance. However, it’s been a long road back to the main event status for Sheamus.
Sheamus debuted on WWE television in June 2009 as a ghostly white “Celtic Warrior” who quickly dominated the talent on ECW. Within a few months Sheamus was switched over to RAW and was quickly pushed to the top of the roster. By late 2009, Sheamus became the #1 contender to the WWE title and entered a feud with John Cena. In December 2009, Sheamus defeated John Cena at the “Tables, Ladders, and Chairs” PPV to become the new WWE champion and the first Irish-born wrestler to hold the title.
At first, many wrestling fans and critics thought it was too soon for Sheamus to win the title. However, his aggressive in-ring wrestling and distinct wrestling look made him stand out among everyone else. Sheamus would successfully retain his title against Randy Orton at the 2010 Royal Rumble and continue to earn credibility as a top star. Unfortunately, he would lost the title at the Elimination Chamber PPV in February.
In June 2010, Sheamus would win the title back by defeating John Cena after interference by Nexus. However, Shaemus’ interactions with Nexus would ultimately hurt his career as Sheamus ran from Nexus multiple times and killed off his “monster” image. Afterward, Shameus would plummet down the WWE RAW ladder until he finally settled at the bottom of the mid-card level. Eventually in November 2010, Sheamus would begin to slowly climb back up the ladder and become King of the Ring.
It wasn’t until Sheamus was drafted to RAW in April that he truly elevated back to top level status as he was only one of a few “main stars” on the show. WWE included Sheamus into the world title hunt with Mark Henry and Christian over the last month. Finally, at this week’s tapings, Sheamus has returned to s spot that he hasn’t seen in a year. Sheamus definitely has the potential of being a top star in the company. His feud with Randy Orton should be solid but nobody expects him to win the title as Orton is rumored to have a long title reign, at least through the Summer. Sheamus fans will just have to enjoy this feud and return to relevancy.
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