You could make the case that nobody in the WWE universe has had a better 2012 than Sheamus.
The latest example was his thrilling victory over Dolph Ziggler to retain his World Heavyweight belt at the PPV event No Way Out on Sunday night.
While it should have been Alberto Del Rio in Ziggler’s spot, a concussion flipped the script and The Showoff ended up bringing his “A” game.
The crowd was pro-Ziggler at the beginning as he fed Sheamus a steady flow of DDT’s and dropkicks. Yet the champ came back with some incredibly technically sound moves led by his infamous Brogue Kick and Irish Curse backbreaker.
He completely turned the match around and by the end, and Sheamus had the crowd on his side. It ended up being one of the highlights of an otherwise underwhelming PPV event. It was the very first match of the night, and it certainly set the right tone.
The win is now Sheamus' seventh straight at a PPV event, and he has retained his belt against the likes of Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger and now Ziggler. It’s becoming clear that B-level superstars aren’t on his level anymore.
I think a feud against one of the top guys in the company is in order.
John Cena perhaps?
Sheamus' Brogue Kick is one of the most recognizable moves in the sport today, and he seems to be improving on the mic each and every week as he builds his brand to new levels. He is certainly one of the best pure wrestlers, and his Irish shtick is unique to the WWE universe.
It has been quite the year for Sheamus and it’s not even half way over yet. The creative team needs to keep building on this momentum and catapult him to the upper echelon of superstars in the sport.
All of the ingredients are there, and his progression promises to be one of the most exciting developments to watch for during the remainder of the year.