Up until yesterday, it was expected that WWE was going to leave Sheamus off of the WrestleMania card and have him make his return this Monday night on RAW. Well, now it appears that Sheamus will be returning at WrestleMania, as F4WOnline has reported that WWE has scripted Sheamus into Sunday’s show. The report didn’t specify what his role be, but it’s expected that he’ll be involved in the Intercontinental Championship ladder match in some way.
It was originally rumored that Sheamus would return and win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but with the match being moved to the pre-show, it’s extremely unlikely that WWE would have him return in that match.
Sheamus has been ready to return for several months now, and WWE originally thought about having him return at the Royal Rumble back in January, but ultimately decided not to because he returned at the previous year’s Royal Rumble, and they didn’t want to bring him back the same way twice.
It’s possible that Sheamus could be added to the Intercontinental Championship match to give the match an even eight competitors, but it’s more likely that he’ll come in at the end of the match and cost someone like Daniel Bryan or Dolph Ziggler the championship, and officially turn heel. Many people within the company feel that Sheamus is better-suited for a heel role, and they want to freshen up his stale character.
Right now, the top three favorites to win the Intercontinental Championship on Sunday, according toBovada, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Dolph Ziggler. Everybody else is listed as a long-shot. It’s possible that Sheamus will cost one of those three men the victory, and Bad News Barrett will retain the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE traditionally likes to hold off on big returns until the night after WrestleMania so they can kick off their new year strong, but it appears that Finn Balor — even though he didn’t win the NXT tournament at WrestleMania Axxess — will make his main-roster debut on Monday’s RAW, and WWE doesn’t want to have Balor’s surprise appearance steal Sheamus’s thunder.
It’s worth noting that Sheamus is listed in the betting odds as the second most likely superstar to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal behind Damien Mizdow. But again, with WWE treating the battle royal like it’s not important, Sheamus’ return will likely be saved for something else on the show.
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