Of all of the WWE’s major superstars, one who rarely gets any love is “The Celtic Warrior,” Sheamus.
Fans constantly sing the praises of the likes of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan—and rightfully so—but it’s not often that you hear someone talking about how good Sheamus is or that you read an article about all of his accomplishments.
That’s especially surprising when you consider that Sheamus has actually accomplished more than most of the main roster in a relatively short span.
Sheamus made his debut a little less than four years ago in the summer of 2009, and he’s already racked up some pretty impressive accolades. He’s a former United States, World Heavyweight and two-time WWE Champion, and he’s also won both the King of the Ring tournament and the Royal Rumble match.
For many superstars, that would be a career’s worth of work. But Sheamus has already managed to accomplish all that even though he may still have anywhere from five to 10 years left in the WWE.
That really makes you wonder: With Sheamus accomplishing so much so quickly, what’s left for him to do in the WWE?
Well, the answer is simple: a lot.
Although Sheamus has a lot of detractors, especially since he turned babyface in 2011, the fact remains that he’s viewed as a top guy now and has been for most of his career. He won the WWE title just six months after his debut, and, after a run in the midcard, he’s spent virtually all of his time in the main-event scene since turning babyface nearly two years ago.
Nowadays, he may very well be second on the WWE’s babyface pecking order. In terms of how over he is, he’s probably fourth behind John Cena, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, but in terms of how he’s pushed and booked, he’s probably No. 2.
Obviously, that’s good news for Sheamus, who may be rather corny as a face but is over and pushed in that role, nonetheless.
As The Celtic Warrior’s career moves forward, it’ll be interesting to see how the creative team books him over the next few years. But judging by what we’ve seen over the last two, his spot as a top guy will be safe for the foreseeable future.
He’s probably won more matches (and lost fewer) than any WWE star over the last couple of years, he held the World title for seven months during that span, and he’s been involved in a number of high-profile matches and feuds.
But when you really think about it, Sheamus’ on-paper resume is more impressive than his actual impact on pro wrestling.
The guy has improved drastically in the ring over the years and should be considered one of the best big men in the business. But is there anything Sheamus has done that really sticks out in your mind? Probably not a whole lot, right?
There are a few that might come to mind: his 18-second victory over Bryan at WrestleMania 28 (but was that more about him or Bryan?), his match against Bryan at Extreme Rules and his bout against Big Show at Hell in a Cell.
Beyond those three highlights, however, there haven’t been a whole lot of moments involving Sheamus that people will remember or still talk about 20 years from now.
And that’s exactly what Sheamus should spend the rest of his career trying to change.
He’s already won three World titles and one Royal Rumble, two major accomplishments that even some of the biggest legends in pro wrestling history haven’t been able to achieve. But he could win five more world titles, and none of them would mean a whole lot if those major moments that people will talk about for years don’t come with them.
When it comes to a guy like John Cena, it’d be hard to count all the major moments he’s been involved in: his surprise return and win at the 2008 Royal Rumble, his epic matches with CM Punk and Edge, his “Once in a Lifetime” showdown with The Rock in the main event of WrestleMania, etc.
Ditto for Punk, who’s done a whole lot over the course of his career: two Money in the Bank cash-ins, the infamous “pipebomb” promo, the heel turn on The Rock, winning the WWE title and then bolting the WWE, etc.
What Cena and Punk have been able to do is create magical moments on a fairly regular basis—the types of moments we’ve hardly ever seen Sheamus involved in.
Now, that’s exactly what “The Great White” should set out to accomplish for the remainder of his WWE career.
He’s won world titles, the Royal Rumble and the King of the Ring tournament. Those are fine and dandy, but it’s the moments that truly matter.
Sheamus needs to chase those moments over the next several years, and if he’s able to participate in those moments, he’ll be remembered as an all-time great.
But if not, he’ll be yet another star whose championship accomplishments didn’t mean as much as his overall impact on pro wrestling.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!
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