Welcome to the first part to a four-part series that will breakdown the upcoming Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
We will take a look at each participant and analyze what the match style, title and story could mean for each of the four participants. Of course, first up should be the current World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus.
Stephen Farrelly, also known as Sheamus in the WWE, is a two-time WWE Champion, a former United States Champion and the current World Heavyweight Champion. He obtained that title in the fastest WrestleMania Championship match ever, which needed just 18 seconds.
To be such a newcomer to the industry, yet have feuds with superstars of that magnitude and be a competitor that the company can hang its title on shows that the WWE is confident in Sheamus' abilities. And they should be.
He has proven that he is not only someone who can put on a good match, but who can cut a good promo as well. Whether it's his old Irish proverbs, talking to his distant cousin Beaker from the Muppets or foaming at the mouth and swearing vengeance, Sheamus knows what he's doing on the microphone.
Sheamus is also a classic brawler wrestler. His power move set of clotheslines, double axe handles and repeated forearm clubs to his opponent's chest make him a formidable foe in the ring.
He delivers his moves with such intensity and ferocity that the power slams can be felt in your living room. He seems to have the brutality of a UFC fighter combined with the technical skills of a professional wrestler.
Along with his ability to dole out a great amount of punishment, Sheamus' other key feature is his ability to take punishment as well.
If you were to go through Sheamus' greatest matches, you'd see that they are seldom the quick matches we saw at WrestleMania. Instead, he is usually on the receiving end of a serious beating by his opponent.
His white skin often ends up literally beet red and welted from the devastating blows he's able to take. A feud with Marc Henry showed how the Celtic Warrior was able to go toe-to-toe with the World's Strongest Man and give as good as he got.
What the Fatal 4-Way means to Sheamus and his title
The style of the Fatal 4-way match does not favor the champion, for the reason that he does not even have to be involved in the pinfall to lose his title.
If any of the other participants pins or brings another to submission, they will win the match. So, not only does Sheamus have to try and win the match, he has to be on constant watch to make sure someone else isn't winning the match either.
In the past, Sheamus has been victorious in a WWE Championship Fatal 4-way match with equally impressive opponents. In 2010, he came out the victor against Randy Orton, John Cena and Edge.
How does this carry his story?
If Sheamus were to win this match and retain his title, it would elevate his championship reign by giving him the credit of defeating three impressive opponents.
Creating a feud with whomever Sheamus pins is a possibility, and if that person is Randy Orton it could bring about his rumored heel turn. With Orton's RKO to the champion just this past Monday on Raw, it is looking as though these two will have more to say to one another in the weeks to come leading up to the pay-per-view.
The BOOM prediction
Sheamus can bring the pain and there is no doubt that he will be dishing it out to all three of his opponents come pay-per-view time. I feel that Sheamus will in fact keep his title after the Fatal 4-Way, and I believe that the story line will continue to be him against Randy Orton.
In just twelve days we'll get to see the Great White tear up the waters of a Fatal 4-way match. Whether or not any of the other superstars can survive his brutal feeding time will be determined that night.
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