At this point in his career, it’s somewhat hard to imagine that Sheamus is a former four-time WWE World Champion, with his fourth reign coming as recently as December 2015. As it turns out, he was more of a transitional champion designed to aid Roman Reigns in getting over as the top babyface in the company. That plan worked the night Reigns beat Sheamus for the title on the December 13 edition of RAW, but it was not sustainable.
The Reigns failure had more to do with Reigns and the fans’ backlash towards management trying to shove him down their throats rather than Sheamus himself, but the Celtic Warrior suffered indirectly as a result as well. Sheamus hasn’t sniffed the main event or title picture in the months that have followed, having clearly been dropped down the ladder several rungs.
Sheamus’ resume has beefed up over the last year outside of the WWE, adding roles in the feature films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Scooby Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon to his repertoire. But his in-ring career has taken a bit of a nosedive. Sheamus was recently interviewed by Comicbook.com, where he admitted the last several months have been tough, adding a little sarcasm to his current status.
“I was so excited to be the sixth round draft pick after being WWE Champion seven months ago, it’s amazing. I mean, wow, to sit there and see your name come out at the very, very end of Smackdown LIVE, it was a proud moment for me, to be honest. Shows how far I’ve gone in the last seven months as a WWE Superstar. Right [Puts his hand in the air, and plunges it down] to the top!”
It’s actually refreshing to hear a WWE superstar admit recent failures in a humorous way rather than trash management or try to pretend that everything is peaches and cream. Sheamus did take a more serious tone shortly thereafter, opining about how his recent faction didn’t quite work out the way he wanted it to.
“Honestly, I just want to get into a decent storyline. I’ve been floating for awhile. The League of Nations could’ve been something really, really big… it wasn’t. A lot of guys were frustrated about it in a way. We did the best of our ability; you take four killers – well three killers and an Englishman; I love you Stu! [referring to Stu ‘Wade Barrett’ Bennett, who recently retired from WWE] But it’s taken us time to get back where we need to be. But yeah, it’s a great opportunity for everybody involved.”
The latter part of that quote refers to the brand extension that just divided the roster into two shows. Like so many of his peers, Sheamus believes the split will provide more chances, especially when the WWE puts on brand-exclusive pay-per-views. But in Sheamus’ mind, there was one personal drawback to the extension.
“I think [the Brand split] will be [great]. I just need to get myself a good story. I was looking forward to something with Apollo Crews, helping that kid, and then it was very stop-start. I had the movie with Turtles but I was hoping to get two pay per views out of it, because he’s a great kid, he’s gonna be a great star, just needs time, you know? I love being in the ring with him. The stuff he can do is incredible.”
Sheamus only ended up getting to square off with Crews at Money in the Bank, and then the two were drafted to different brands without putting a proper bow on their rivalry. Sheamus is now on the fringe of a feud with Cesaro, but he’s come out on the short end of their matches in back-to-back weeks. He’s smart in that when asked about who he’d like to face on RAW, he always replies with marquee names, stressing again that he needs a proper angle.
“I just want to sink my teeth into something good, maybe something with Finn Balor would be great, we had some matches in the UK. Seth [Rollins]’s another one, Dean [Ambrose – who is now on Smackdown] I never had a proper one with him. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, I just want to have a decent storyline, I don’t care what it is. I just want to go out there and have fun and entertain the crowd!”
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