Controversial moves and tactics are great ways to stir the wrestling pot. Booker T's banning of Sheamus' Brogue Kick is a throwback twist to a bitter wrestling feud.
For those that missed it, Sheamus knocked Ricardo Rodriguez loopy with a Brogue Kick on Momday Night Raw. Rodriguez supposedly suffered serious injuries as a result of the blow.
Del Rio successfully campaigned for the move to be banned.
Back in the late 1980s, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff and "Cowboy" Bob Orton (father of Randy Orton) both had casts on their forearms for a stretch.
Orton battered Orndorff with his weapon/cast first, and Mr. Wonderful then was fitted for his own cast in retaliation. It was an intriguing subplot surrounding the feud. Though Sheamus and Del Rio's move controversy isn't related to an object, it still adds an interesting element.
It also helps develop Sheamus into a more refined in-ring performer. He has two weaknesses as a professional wrestler.
He isn't exceptionally sharp on the mic. Watch him do any mic work with established superstars. He generally gets eaten alive, even when he's supposed to come out on top.
Secondly, he is a bit sloppy with this move execution. Sheamus gets over with his distinct look, imposing size and brute power. I come from a place of complete honesty with my assessment.
I actually like the guy, but his weaknesses are pretty easy to see.
That said, he is working to get passed the ring execution issue. He seems to consistently add moves to his repertoire. Most recently, he started using the Texas Cloverleaf submission hold.
It is no coincidence that he ushered in this new finishing maneuver within a couple weeks of the Brogue Kick banning. The move says pure wrestling more than the Brogue Kick, and that will gain Sheamus more respect with diehards.
This is a cool wrinkle to add to Sheamus and Del Rio's feud. It makes me want to see how their match at Night of Champions will play out.
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