Posted by Lewis Peck
As a film reviewer, I thought I would use my reviewing skills and use them on the wrestlers… or should I say superstars. If this goes well and I get positive feedback I will (try to) do one every week on a different superstar. I will only look at the superstars time in the WWE and will ignore anything they did in any other company (unless it’s unavoidable).
I thought I would start this with Sheamus, who made his debut June 30th 2009 for the ECW brand. He started his career as a heel and eventually moved over to Raw where he would squash his opponents and even ‘retired’ Jamie Noble. It didn’t take long for him to become a champion as within the same year he won his the first of his two WWE Championships defeating John Cena in a tables match. Nearly a year later Sheamus would go on to win King of the Ring and begin his King Sheamus gimmick which can arguably be called his humbling period where he was buried to the point his WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan would not even be on the main show.
Around June 2011 after roughly two years of being a heel, Sheamus turned face where his stock started to rise. The following year’s WrestleMania would be a rematch of sorts that didn’t even make it to the live show last year. He would face Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship after winning the Royal Rumble in January. He would go on to defeat Bryan in 18 seconds and I as well as many others I am sure was angered by the lack of a match. However Sheamus has since continued to be a face in the company but has not won a title since the 18 second victory.
As A Heel: There are not many people out there who make such an impact so quickly from making their debut. Sheamus came and he conquered. He was exciting and wasn’t another generic big guy, he has speed and he had personality. The fact he is Irish in my eyes helped him, it gave him an edge that other big guys don’t have. He reminded me in a lot of ways as Brock Lesnar when he first came to WWE, he was dominant and he was quickly noticed. It took him less than six months to win one of the big titles and that says a lot of it really. If you compare him to Vladimir Kozlov who was given a very similar push you can see that Sheamus was better and a lot more interesting. The King Sheamus gimmick was awful and I try my best to forget that period, it was clearly a humbling but sometimes humblings can really damage a character and I think Sheamus did well to move on from it.
As A Face: It’s fair to say every superstar needs to be flexible when it comes to gimmicks as these days one day someone could be a heel that will lie cheat and be as dirty as possible then the next day could end up being everybody’s friend and the perfect role model and they have to be convincing. Some superstars out there just don’t suit it and some are perfect and making these switches. Sheamus, I wouldn’t say is perfect but can pull of a face very well. At times he reminds me of John Cena where he can be over the top and corny, however there are moments of brilliance too. At Payback Sheamus was on the pre-show which to me shows us that the Creative Team don’t have much more for him as a face anymore. While the match was entertaining and got a good amount of time still doesn’t forgive the fact he is no longer at the top of the card. His feuds as of late have been less than interesting, his strap match with Henry was only interesting due to the gimmick and without may have been a snooze fest.
Some big guys are just better as a heel and I feel Sheamus is much more interesting as one; he is intimidating, powerful and in his element when he is the Irish badass who loves to fight. When Sheamus turned face I wasn’t sure he could pull it off, while I was wrong, he has quickly fallen into the mid-card shuffle and hasn’t won a title in over a year and when was the last time he even had a title shot? His gimmick has grown stale and he needs to be refreshed, I personally think it’s time to turn him heel again. There are too many faces right now (Cena, Punk, Orton, Bryan, Kane, Jericho, Miz, R-Truth, Kofi and possibly Ziggler) all fighting for those very limited top spots and turning Sheamus heel could put him right back into the title picture once more. So I ask you all, what’s your opinion would you like to see him turn heel? Keep him face and change his gimmick? Or do you think there is no need for a change and he’s just fine as he is now?
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