WWE Elimination Chamber 2012: 5 Potential Matches For Sheamus
It's Thursday, and we are less than four days away from the 2012 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event. Four matches are booked and ready to go.
But as of today, there is no scheduled match for the featured WWE Superstar, 2012 Royal Rumble winner Sheamus.
At last year's Elimination Chamber, Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio won his match against Kofi Kingston. But Alberto wasn't even on fhe promotional poster. Sheamus is featured prominently on this year's poster. Surely the creative team would not promote the Celtic Warrior and leave him off the card.
Sheamus needs to be in a PPV match before his title shot at WrestleMania XXVIII. And he needs to win. With that said, I present to you five possible matches for Sheamus at the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Sheamus Versus Drew McIntyre
Despite his cold streak as of late, Drew is a great worker in the ring and always gives us decent, watchable matches.
Let's not forget that Drew was Vince McMahon's "Chosen One" a few years ago, and the former Intercontinental champion didn't get that moniker for no reason at all. This could be a solid back-and-forth match that would serve as the appetizer that Sheamus needs for WrestleMania.
Seeing that Teddy Long wants to fire him, and Drew has repeatedly gotten himself out of being "future endeavored," I'm sure that another match with Sheamus wouldn't hurt anybody.
Except for Drew, of course.
Sheamus Versus Mark Henry
Sheamus going over Mark Henry would make him more than ready for WrestleMania, as a win over a recent World Title holder looks good on paper.
The problem here is that Mark Henry's performances as of late haven't been top-notch, possibly due to lingering injuries. This was evident by his limited participation in the Triple Threat Steel Cage at the Royal Rumble—and the last thing Mark needs is to get re-injured.
On the other hand, I could see them going for at least five minutes if Henry is feeling up to it.
Sheamus Versus Epico & Primo
In this scenario, Sheamus would have a two-on-one handicapped match against the current WWE Tag Team Champions, Epico and Primo Colon.
I would expect some great double-team action, and some trickery by Rosa Mendes. But in the end, I would expect the Great White to prevail.
Besides, the Colons just recently defeated the only other tag team, the Usos, so it's not like they're busy or anything.
Sheamus Versus Jack Swagger
Here is another guy that is missing from the card: the current United States champion, Jack Swagger. Let's be honest, this guy hasn't done anything since winning that belt from Zack Ryder.
He needs something to do!
Once again, this match will deliver some solid back-and-forth action. Expect a very loud Vickie Guerrero to get involved. But eventually Sheamus will pull through with an even greater eagerness for his World Title match in April.
And wouldn't it be marvelous if the title were on the line?
Sheamus could potentially leave WrestleMania as a double champion! Of course that would leave the Raw roster without a mid-card belt, so let's hope the general managers still do trades.
Sheamus In The Otunga Gauntlet
In a idea that would protect the upper-to-mid talent, Sheamus could simply take on a fleet of jobbers!
Flanked by David Otunga, Sheamus would deliver Brogue Kicks left and right to the faces of Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, JTG, Derrick Bateman and Trent Barreta.
Once he dispatches these NXT heroes, out comes Hunico and Heath Slater to another round of Brogue Kicks.
Then he gets an actual challenge in William Regal. After a brief struggle, Regal eats a Brogue Kick.
Finally, Otunga reveals himself to be the final entrant in the Gauntlet. And then (you guessed it), Otunga takes the last Brogue Kick and Sheamus keeps the crowd happy while they wait for the next match.
Any of these matches would do, but one thing should be clear: Sheamus has to be involved in the PPV in some shape or form. And he has to be put over before he chooses which belt he will go after at WrestleMania.