Sheamus has done pretty well for himself so far in the WWE, and luckily for the Irishman, his future looks just as bright as his past has been.
“The Great White” hasn’t even been on the WWE’s main roster for four years, but he’s already managed to put together one of the most impressive resumes in the entire company.
He’s held the United States and World Heavyweight titles once each and the WWE Championship twice, and he also won the Royal Rumble last year.
That’s quite of a list of accomplishments for someone who, in the broad scheme of things, hasn’t been around very long and is still probably in the early phases of his WWE career.
Yes, Sheamus still has a long way to go in the WWE and looks poised to accomplish even more during the remainder of his career than he already has throughout the first four years of it.
As things currently stand, Sheamus is arguably behind only John Cena on the WWE’s babyface pecking order. He solidified himself as the company’s No. 2 face last year when he followed up his babyface turn with a dominant run that included a seven-month long World Heavyweight Championship reign.
Although he’s not currently involved in the World title scene, many expect that to change soon.
Sheamus is one of the favorites to win the 2013 Royal Rumble, which would put him in elite company alongside Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as the only men to ever win back-to-back Royal Rumble matches.
Even though Sheamus may not ultimately win the Rumble for a second straight time, he’s still poised to have a major role on the road to WrestleMania and in 2013 in general.
He’s rumored to be in line for a major ‘Mania match against Randy Orton this year, one that could involve the World Heavyweight Championship and be one of the highlights of the WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Regardless, Sheamus has been positioned as one of the WWE’s top babyfaces for more than a year, and there’s been absolutely nothing to suggest that that will change anytime soon.
Unlike some other top stars who have had backstage or behavioral issues in the past, Sheamus is—by most accounts—a hard-working superstar who does just about everything right.
What’s perhaps even more important, though, is that he’s developed an undeniable connection with the fans and has evolved into one of the WWE’s top in-ring performers and arguably its biggest “workhorse.”
Sheamus wrestled (and won) more TV matches than any other superstar in 2012, which shows a clear vote of confidence in him by the creative team. After all, he wouldn’t be on TV that much (and winning when he does appear) if he weren’t a top guy.
And a top guy is exactly what he is.
After a heel run at the beginning of his career that was filled with plenty of ups and downs, Sheamus’ face run has done a whole lot of good for him—mainly, giving him a monster push that has made him the most dominant superstar in the entire WWE.
Sheamus wouldn’t be where he is today without the massive push that he’s gotten over the last year-plus, but he also wouldn’t be where he is without performing well when given the spotlight.
“The Celtic Warrior” had a banner year in 2012, one that saw him hold the World Heavyweight title for seven months and put on some of the best matches of the year against guys like Daniel Bryan, Big Show and Randy Orton.
Expect more of the same in 2013 and beyond.
Sheamus is now firmly entrenched as one of the WWE’s top stars, and being that he’s in the prime of his career, he’s destined to improve upon what is shaping up to be one heck of a career resume.
Because Sheamus has proven capable of succeeding as both a face and a heel and has now evolved into such a consistent in-ring performer, he’s got a lot of things going for him that suggest that he’ll be a main eventer for years to come.
Though he will certainly have guys who challenge him and try to take his spot, he’s entered that elite territory now and will only lose that spot if some sort of major screw-up occurs on his own behalf.
If not, Sheamus will continue to be a main-event player and is bound to win a World title again at some point in 2013. He won’t even stop there, though.
As a rare breed of wrestler who both looks the part and can perform in the ring, “The Great White” will end his career with a resume that some Hall of Famers would be jealous of.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!