Royal Rumble: Sheamus' Rise and the 15 Most Memorable Moments of the 2012 Event

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Royal Rumble: Sheamus' Rise and the 15 Most Memorable Moments of the 2012 Event
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The 2012 Royal Rumble was ripe with storylines and potential happenings as fans waited to see if John Cena would embrace the hate, if John Laurinaitis would screw CM Punk out of the WWE title and what exactly Chris Jericho meant by "the end of the world."

However, shortly after Sheamus had booted Jericho off of the ring apron to secure his Wrestlemania title shot and celebrated amidst a lively fireworks display, one particular thing was clear.

The silver anniversary of the Royal Rumble will be remembered more for what didn't happen than for what did. 

What did happen: Sheamus powered his way to a Rumble victory by beating the man who many assumed would win the thing, Chris Jericho.

And while we still have to wait to see how Jericho's return storyline unfolds, Sheamus' future is now a little clearer. 

The Rumble win proves that the WWE is serious about pushing the Celtic warrior to new heights. 

Sheamus has gained great popularity since turning babyface last year and the WWE has shown its belief in him with this victory.

Sheamus has won the WWE title twice and has been crowned King of the Ring, but this will prove to be the biggest win of his career to this point.

And while the future still remains foggy for John Cena, Chris Jericho and John Laurinaitis, the 2012 Royal Rumble still had its share of memorable moments. 

Here are the 15 most memorable moments from this year's PPV event. 

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