If there is one thing WWE fans have been clamoring for, it has been the overdue John Cena heel turn.
Everyone at some point has eluded to this, even wrote about it ad nauseum. There have been storylines that have hinted at it, even promos cut by Cena that have been misconstrued as the beginnings of it.
But it has never happened because Cena is the cash-cow face of WWE, and a heel turn puts merchandising sales in jeopardy along with organizational tie-ins like with Make-A-Wish.
Yeah, we get that.
So let's be solution-oriented, here. What mountains need to move to change that to allow Cena to change character?
Maybe they're already moving.
Sheamus has had quite a year in 2012, beginning with a Royal Rumble victory in January and culminating in a victory over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania to become World Heavyweight Champion.
He's been in that driver's seat ever since, and with the exception of CM Punk, who has held the WWE Title for 240 days, no one is receiving the push that Sheamus is right now as one of the top faces in the company.
Which now leads to the question stated in the headline: Is Sheamus' mega-face run the solution to finally freeing up Cena to change things up with his character (i.e. heel turn)?
A couple of months ago, a former writing assistant for WWE interviewed with Scott Keith for his website Scott's Blog of Doom and made this assertion that the "Great White" is, in fact, the one being groomed to ascend to Cena's level.
Granted, this is by a former employee, and it was an interview from May, but the fact remains that Sheamus has remained in that role, and has been making the same rounds that Cena has, whether it has been with Make-A-Wish or the Be A Star campaign.
The child demographic is ultimately where Sheamus has to score maintain like Cena has over the years, and it's arguable that he already made a lot of headway in eventually becoming "the guy" with the responses he gets from younger fans.
But as prestigious as the World Heavyweight Title is, the WWE Title is truly the mark of being "the guy," and there's a hell of a good scenario to get Sheamus on that track tonight that others have mentioned here as well:
Have Sheamus drop the World Title to Del Rio, then appear in the Money in the Bank contract match for the WWE Title (since he is a former WWE Champion). A great twist and a great way to get Sheamus into the WWE Title picture.
Overall, it's a great solution. Sheamus has proven he can hold his own in the ring (as evidenced alone by his Match of the Year-worthy battle with Bryan at Extreme Rules) and can be reliable enough on the microphone. Outside of the ring, he's everything they need in the PG era of WWE with the appearances, interviews and sponsorships.
Whether you're a fan of Sheamus or not, bottom line, who wouldn't take him over Cena right now? And better yet, who wouldn't take a continued and furthered Sheamus push if it meant Cena could finally turn heel?