Sheamus and Big Show delivered a surprisingly excellent match for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. After a 20 minute contest, Big Show defeated Sheamus cleanly with the WMD punch to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
What’s next for Sheamus after losing the title?
His rematch clause is the only thing that warrants him getting a shot at winning the World Heavyweight Championship back. Sheamus has no out for losing—Big Show knocked him out and pinned him in the middle of the ring.
If he hopes to challenge Big Show at Survivor Series, Sheamus has a lot of work to do between now and then.
Big Show dominated Sheamus for a good portion of the match. That was the first time in Sheamus’ six month reign that an opponent had that kind of advantage over him. Perhaps his loss will lead to him abandoning his happy-go-lucky demeanor in favor of a more serious character.
Leading into his title defense against Big Show, it was apparent that Sheamus wasn’t taking his opponent very seriously. Big Show even advised Sheamus not to make light of their match.
If losing the championship isn’t enough to make Sheamus become more serious, then he should go back and look at how dominant Big Show was at Hell in a Cell. Add in the fact that his all-powerful Brogue Kick wasn’t enough to put away Big Show, and Sheamus should definitely be concerned.
Between now and Survivor Series, Sheamus needs to completely revamp his attitude. He is at his best when he’s motivated by sheer rage. He doesn’t need the happy-go-lucky demeanor to maintain his status as a babyface. Seeing him beat Big Show will be enough to get him over with the crowd.
In addition, Sheamus needs to string together some dominant wins on Raw and Smackdown to build momentum heading into his rematch. He needs to show his seriousness through his actions just as much as through his words.
Now that Sheamus is chasing the title for the first time since before WrestleMania, his character should naturally become more serious. It will be interesting to watch how his wrestling styles and promos transform.