WWE Analysis: Why Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett Is a Great Future Rivalry

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

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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Who would have ever thought that a marine biologist fighting an IT support professional would be entertaining?

That is actually the case with Wade Barrett, who has a degree in marine biology, and Sheamus, who has mentioned his IT past on many occasions in WWE.

The two European college grads are similar in many ways. Naturally, people will take their height and overall size into consideration when talking about their similarities, but there are more.

Both men got their start in the business after beginning a college education in a totally unrelated field, and they both got their start in European wrestling promotions before coming to the United States.

Another similarity between them is how they came into WWE with a lot of backing from management.

Sheamus ascended to WWE champion very quickly, while Barrett was the leader of The Nexus and the bane of John Cena's existence for many months early in his run.

Sheamus and Barrett are also both known to be brawlers, using their fists and feet to do damage more often than putting on a hammerlock. Both men have signature holds and slams that certainly make an impact.

Barrett and Sheamus also have somewhat of a built-in feud ready to use whenever WWE wants to due to their Irish and English backgrounds.

I am not going to go into detail about the conflicts between England and Ireland over the years, but if you are curious as to why these character's nationalities could add to their feud, then check out this article over at BBC.

Over the years, we have seen many feuds involving a superstar's heritage from Hulk Hogan vs. The Iron Sheik to Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels.

These conflicts are always interesting because there is more to it than the typical, "I hate you, so let's fight" mentality that a lot of feuds have.

WWE has teased a feud between Barrett and Sheamus in the past, but they usually just have a match or two here and there and then move on to other things.

Vince McMahon might recognize a potential money-making feud between the two, which could be a good reason we have not seen them engage in an extended series before.

Every so often there are two top-level superstars who do not cross paths often over the course of their careers until McMahon pulls the trigger and has them engage in an all out war.

Sheamus and Barrett could be that kind of pairing.

Barrett was already looking primed to enter the title hunt before he was sidelined with an injury to his elbow in February.

Now that he is back with a new attitude and a new finisher, he could be ready to go up against the Cena-esque Sheamus.

Sheamus is a great babyface champion for the company, but he rarely faces anyone who can make him look like an underdog, or at least be his equal.

His upcoming match with Big Show is one of the few times we will see the Irishman fight someone who is actually larger than he is.

Show could win the title at Hell in a Cell, but if he does not, then the next title feud should be between Sheamus and Barrett.

Barrett is the perfect challenger for Sheamus because they are so equally matched. Their size, style and gimmicks are perfect puzzle pieces for a great feud.

Sheamus is a brawler and Barrett is pushing his bare-knuckle boxing background, which could make for a very brutal series of matches between the two.

Their recent encounter gave us a taste of what these two can do together, but a real feud with pay-per-view matches and promos is what will really show how this pairing has the potential to be a great feud.

The great thing is that both men are still in their early-mid 30s, so they could have a feud that spans several years similar to John Cena and Big Show.

The potential is there, WWE just needs to decide when these two will have a major angle and how to execute it.

Barrett could be just the guy to make Sheamus look like more than just another carbon-copy babyface, and Sheamus could be the guy to bring Barrett fully into the main event scene in WWE.

What do you think?

Would a Barrett/Sheamus feud be good for WWE?


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