Royal Rumble 2012 Results: Sheamus Set Up For Huge 2012 After Shocking Victory

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The WWE world was turned upside down on Sunday as Sheamus emerged as the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble.

Few, if anybody could have ever imagined this scenario, but here we are.

Sheamus fought off the entire field and when it was down to just two, Chris Jericho gave him one heck of a ride. Sheamus drilled him with Brogue Kicks and it knocked Y2K to the ground, yet Jerciho kept getting back up time and time again. It was by far the most compelling aspect of an otherwise lackluster Royal Rumble.

So what’s next?

Sheamus is guaranteed a spot in the WrestleMania XXVIII championship and his opponent is going to be hotly debated for the next few months. Could it be the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan? They just fought last year in a dark match at WrestleMania, and this year it would be one of the main events. When, if ever, has that happened before?

The other more likely option is a bout against WWE Champion CM Punk.

He easily dispatched of Dolph Ziggler in what was one of the most boring championship bouts ever on Sunday night’s Royal Rumble. Punk’s dominance is making his fights dull and the creative team needs to do something about it. I think letting Sheamus beat Punk would add so many layers of conflict that they could ride with it for the foreseeable future.

I like the thought process in having a shocker like Sheamus win, now it’s time to keep him relevant by beating the champ.

Sunday night was a huge day for Sheamus, and it sets him up for an incredibly wild 2012 that will feature tons of twists and turns.

Out of nowhere, Sheamus is now one of the most compelling figures in 2012. 

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