WWE: Why Sheamus Should Turn Heel Again
Thursday, January 5, 2012
WWE Bleacher Report
Sheamus is one of the most underrated wrestlers in the WWE today.
After debuting on ECW, "The Celtic Warrior" became the WWE champion a mere six months later at WWE TLC 2009.
It was a near-record rise for the Irishman, second only to Brock Lesnar in 2002.
Sheamus had incited the enmity and apprehension of fans who perceived the imposing, alabaster monster as a threat to their favorite WWE superstars.
For instance, John Cena, who was used to standing tall at the end of his matches, finally looked vulnerable against "The Celtic Warrior."
By hook or crook, Sheamus shocked the wrestling world by taking Cena's ostentatious belt away from him.
In fact, the Irish star did such an effective job as a heel, fans were clamoring for Cena to regain the title, opting to boo his adversary Sheamus more so than Cena himself.
Best of all, the master of the "Brogue Kick" had been a no-nonsense heel who didn't cower or run away from oncoming attacks.
It was arguably the first time a heel had been allowed to appear dominant since Triple H in the early part of the last decade.
However, as 2010 approached and Sheamus became the WWE champion for a second time, his character had changed for the worse.
He was no longer the brash, imperturbable juggernaut who actively sought fights; he was reduced to scampering away from The Nexus and John Cena.
The lion who roared had become the kitten who whimpered.
Suddenly, it was apparent Sheamus was a human-being with flaws—a big no-no in the WWE world of larger-than-life characters.
Winning the King of the Ring tournament did him no favors in the short-term either, as it more or less culminated in his heel character being squashed by the vindictive Triple H.
After treading water for the first half of 2011, Sheamus ultimately became a fan favorite when he challenged Mark Henry to a duel.
The audience had so badly wanted to cheer the blanched specimen—and at last, they had their chance.
Sadly, the momentum of his babyface turn was never capitalized on, as Sheamus failed to overcome Henry, who had become the WWE's newest pet project.
Subsequently, Sheamus found himself in a static feud with Christian that chugged along with little fanfare over the course of the next three months.
The Irish star's last pay-per-view opponent—at TLC 2011—was Jack Swagger, a performer who has fallen off the proverbial precipice.
While "The Celtic Warrior" has not been an abject failure as a babyface, he hasn't come anywhere close to fulfilling the potential many were prognosticating in June 2011.
Therefore, as opposed to floundering as a run-of-the-mill "good guy," Sheamus would be much better turning heel again.
This time, though, he needs reembody the unstoppable force he was in the first six months of his WWE career.
Essentially, that means not booking Sheamus as another craven heel who evacuates the premises at the first sign of trouble.
And quite frankly, there are a number of ways Sheamus can go back to being a menacing mastadon.
The path that he should take, however, is a familiar one that has already been traveled.
That is, the Irish-born wrestler must retrace his roots in order to be fresh and formidable, again.
The foremost example is Kane, who, by simply adorning his forgotten mask, became the WWE's top heel overnight.
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