The 7 Best Matches of Sheamus' WWE Career

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 5, 2013

The 7 Best Matches of Sheamus' WWE Career

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    Sheamus is one of the WWE's best brawlers and has already compiled a number of classic matches on his growing resume.

    As a survivor, a warrior and a strategist, Sheamus has been a dependable source for great matches in the last few years. He can boast about fantastic work against Daniel Bryan, John Morrison and The Shield.

    In the coming years, WWE fans should see this grow and morph as the Brogue Kick Hooligan gets additional opportunities and delivers again and again.

    Sheamus' best matches are ranked here based on how high the stakes were, how exciting the action was and how unforgettable nature of the bout was.

Honorable Mention

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    Sheamus' other greatest hits includes his tables match against Kofi Kingston at Extreme Rules 2011.

    Any of his matches on TV with Wade Barrett should be considered as well. A potentially great feud has yet to have much at stake or much hype, although it may get there given some time. Their latest excellent work came on May 29 on WWE Main Event.

    Another great free match involving Sheamus was his WWE Main Event match against Dolph Ziggler in January.

7. WWE Raw, Nov. 5, 2012: Sheamus vs. Miz

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    In the midst of his feud with Big Show, Sheamus stole the show on Monday Night Raw against The Miz.

    Had this been a championship or feud-settling match, it would have ranked even higher, but it earns a spot on the list based on how thrilling a story these two men told.

    Miz took advantage of Sheamus losing focus due to Big Show sitting at the announce table. He provided a crafty, slippery foe for Sheamus, countering many of his signature moves.

    Sheamus' red chest and wobbly legs served as a testament to the hard-hitting nature of the fight. He rode resiliency to win a match that flowed extremely well and told a compelling story of two Superstars trying to outlast each other.

6. Hell in a Cell 2012: Sheamus vs. Big Show

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    The Celtic Warrior took on a giant in one of the most hard-hitting matches of the year.

    Sheamus and Big Show enthralled the crowd with a brawl for the ages, tossing each other out of the ring, trading punches and testing each other's limits.

    Not often the smaller man in matches, Sheamus used his speed advantage to evade the bear's swiping paws, tiring out the big man. It was a match that proved brutal without the use of the Hell in a Cell that the pay-per-view event is named after. The two men only used brute force and toughness to tell their story.

    The shock of Sheamus kicking out of the KO punch was followed by Show kicking out of the Brogue Kick. A final knockout blow while Sheamus was in mid-kick capped off a thrilling battle.

5. WWE Raw Feb. 18, 2013: Sheamus, Ryback and Chris Jericho vs. The Shield

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    One night after a great match at Elimination Chamber, Sheamus teamed up with Ryback and Chris Jericho to take another run at The Shield.

    The same wild, engrossing energy that made The Shield's other matches so compelling was on display here. It was Ryback who took the brunt of the punishment from The Shield, but Sheamus played an important part, particularly in brawling with Roman Reigns.

    It took The Shield's trademark swarming style to finally stop Sheamus' momentum. He then became another victim, a desperate man trying to fend off hungry wolves.

    Not being on pay-per-view and lacking buildup is partially why this ranks lower than the matches higher on the list, but this battle was a fantastic display of chemistry and intensity.

4. Over the Limit 2012: Fatal 4-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship

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    Though overshadowed by the all-time classic that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan put on that night, the World Heavyweight Championship match was excellent as well.

    Three challengers—Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio—all vied for Sheamus' world title.

    In the frenzied brawling and constant countering of moves, everyone seemed desperate to win. Each star seemed to have their foot firmly on their respective gas pedals.

    Sheamus had mini-matches with both Orton and Del Rio that were entertaining, but the real strength of the bout was the fluid handling of the Fatal 4-Way stipulation. The chemistry among the four men led to a beautiful infusion of everyone's moves and styles.

3. Elimination Chamber 2013: John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs. The Shield

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    Credit The Shield's overwhelming cohesion, strategy and buzzing energy for much of this match's greatness, but it wouldn't have been the same against lesser opponents.

    Sheamus, along with his partners Ryback and John Cena, formed a super team that seemed certain to put these punks away. Instead, the battle put all six men on the same high level, titans slugging it out on the grand stage.

    The brawling, the wrestling and the high-flying all made this a hypnotizing clash.

    Rather than a battle for a championship, this felt like a fight for good, a chance to fend off the barbarians at the gate. Sheamus and his team failed to get the win but succeeded in creating a classic.

2. TLC 2010: Sheamus vs. John Morrison

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    The right to be the top contender for the WWE title felt like the most important thing in the world by the way that John Morrison and Sheamus went at each other.

    One of the best matches in TLC's short history featured a ladder as the centerpiece, the stage on which both men told their tale of pain.

    Morrison slid underneath the ladder and then waited for Sheamus on the other side. Morrison caught his leg caught in the ladder and Sheamus tossed him to the mat. The ladder played springboard, landing pad and sword in their long, awesome battle.

    Only the in-ring mastery of Daniel Bryan topped this on Sheamus' resume.

1. Extreme Rules 2012: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan

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    After Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in just 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28, the two collided in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match that was one of the best matches of 2012.

    As the fans made the arena rumble behind them with "Yes!" chants, Sheamus and Bryan put on a masterpiece of theater.

    Sheamus pulled out some surprising submission moves as well as his usual bulldozer style. His style blended gorgeously with Bryan's, a contrast of power and speed, brute force and mat skills.

    Bryan's emotions amplified the excitement of the match as did the ring psychology involved.

    Sheamus tried to mess with Bryan's mind, going for the Brogue Kick early and reminding him of his embarrassing WrestleMania loss. Bryan worked on Sheamus' arm and essentially conceded a fall in a strategy that centered around tearing that arm apart.

    Given the spotlight, with the world tile on the line in a match against one of the WWE's best performers, Sheamus delivered his best showing to date. In the coming years, with similar conditions, the Celtic Warrior is bound to add to this list.