Sheamus is right where he should be. He doesn’t deserve main event status—at least not right now.
When he first arrived, Sheamus leapt up the WWE ladder, catapulted into a feud with then-WWE champ John Cena. WWE got what it could from Sheamus’ win—mostly shock—but the title reign didn’t feel very legitimate.
Recently he’s been involved with high-profile guys, but hasn’t neared the championship picture.
Sheamus is too much of a one-note song in and out of the ring to justify a title reign.
In the ring he relies heavily on his intensity and power. His chest-pounding, clotheslining and Brogue kicking ways can make for some big "oohs and aahs", but he needs to become a bit more complete to garner top of the world status.
He doesn’t need to be the next Curt Hennig or anything, but adding a few more technical moves would help him tremendously. It would allow him to vary the pace of his matches more.
Right now, Sheamus is a one-gear speeding train.
Lately he seems to be a bit sloppy with his strikes, undermining one of his biggest strengths. I’m not sure if that comes from fatigue, apathy or is just his inexperience showing.
On the mic and in terms of persona, he’s one-dimensional as well. Angry warrior can only hold our attention for so long. Some additional elements and some more depth are needed before he can entertain on the main event level once again.
And while I do enjoy his work, especially his ladder match vs. John Morrison at TLC 2010, I suspect that he won’t be able to improve those deficiencies. Not everyone is the total package.
Sheamus would work well as an enforcer in a stable or as the thunder to someone’s lightning in a tag team. A speedster like Justin Gabriel or Kofi Kingston might make an exciting pair with the Great White.
This is especially true if the team is assigned a charismatic manager, perhaps a William Regal or Arn Anderson.
You might be able to teach him a few more holds, but he’ll never transform into a whole new wrestler. Some added elements to his character would help, but you can’t teach charisma.
Keeping Sheamus where he is on the card is not an indictment of his talents as much as it’s just properly utilizing them. Book him in an Elimination Chamber match where he can run over people and not have to carry a match.
Money in the Bank and six-man tags would also be good fits for him.
Sheamus is the Incredible Hulk of WWE.
Sure it’s exciting to see Hulk smash and pound, but he’s far more compelling as a member of the Avengers or the Secret Defenders. Sheamus just has to find his WWE Avengers.