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WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Sheamus Defeats Alberto Del Rio

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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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2012

The match may not have received much hype heading into Money in the Bank, but that didn't seem to bother the competitors, as Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio put on a solid match before Sheamus ultimately came out on top and retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

It seems pretty clear that Sheamus' feud with Del Rio is a transitional one before he moves on to something else, and the Celtic Warrior's victory confirms that. The creative team made an effort to heat things up over the past couple of weeks, with Del Rio slamming the hood of his car onto Sheamus, but I'm not sure the fans ever got fully invested.

There has been so much time put into the WWE championship angle and the Money in the Bank ladder matches that Sheamus and Del Rio have faded into the background. The bout had to be good in order to bolster a fairly thin card, though, and both Sheamus and Del Rio answered the bell in that regard.

Sheamus has gained a great deal of popularity over the past year and continues to be booked as a dominant champion. Since winning the Royal Rumble, Sheamus has steamrolled the competition, including an 18-second win over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania and numerous successful title defenses.

Not everyone has been particularly happy with Sheamus' title run thus far.

They believe he is too much of an unstoppable force, but there aren't any worthy challengers at this point. Sheamus has done a great job transitioning from being a heel a little over a year ago to being one of the most popular faces in the company, alongside John Cena, CM Punk and Randy Orton.

As for Del Rio, he is in a very tough spot right now.

He has been chasing the World Heavyweight Championship for quite some time, but I feel like that is only because of a lack of other options. Del Rio has technically been in the main-event scene, but he has never looked like an actual threat to take the strap away from The Great White.

Del Rio will probably have to move onto something else now, although it's tough to say what. He and Ricardo Rodriguez were engaged in a bit of a side feud with Santino, so perhaps Del Rio can commit to that fully and win the United States Championship in order to get his character back on track.

Sheamus must now deal with a new adversary as well, but it is tough to say who.

Perhaps he can rehash the short rivalry he had with Dolph Ziggler. If that doesn't work, then I could see a rejuvenated Tensai or a returning Wade Barrett challenging him.

The World Heavyweight Championship scene is in need of something different, so hopefully Sheamus' win leads to that.

 

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