Examining Why Sheamus Has Lost His Relevance

Bryan HaasFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2013

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Due to some clever and somewhat brutal offense, World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio was able to pull off a victory on Raw this week. By exploiting an existing thigh injury, Del Rio was able to knock off the challenge of former champion Sheamus.

And with that most recent loss, the Celtic Warrior now finds himself mired in a sea of WWE talent, and is struggling to stay afloat.

Since losing the World Heavyweight title to the Big Show in October of last year, Sheamus has been in the hunt for several championships but has failed in countless opportunities to secure the gold.

At 35 years of age, Sheamus is far from reaching the end of his career. He is still very much suited to a role that includes him being a top star in the wrestling business. He is big, strong and pretty agile for a competitor of his size.

He also boasts a resume that most wrestlers would kill to have. He has held both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, along with a reign as United States champion in 2011. In addition, he was the winner of the King of the Ring tournament in 2010 and won the Royal Rumble in 2012.

In addition, he seems to be one of the most in-demand superstars to do work outside of the wrestling ring. It seems that nearly every video that the company shows of superstars doing some type of community event almost always involve him.

His attitude towards the WWE Universe seems positive, and he seems well liked by fans, especially younger ones.

But attitude might be exactly what Sheamus needs to get back into the swing of things. While it is fun to see the Great White be cute and cuddly and a hero to the WWE Universe, an aggressive and angry Sheamus isn't someone anyone would want to cross.

A possible heel turn could do wonders for him, as the company is currently without many bona fide main event heel competitors in the singles ranks, save for Brock Lesnar, the Shield (if you count them individually) and possibly Del Rio.

He debuted as a heel competitor back in 2009 and won the WWE title less than six months later. He was brash and backed up his big talk. As King of the Ring, he was condescending and rude, drawing the ire of the WWE Universe every week.

Plus, a heel turn at this point would be a pretty surprising move, given that Sheamus has firmly been one of the good guys for over two years now.

He could immediately feud with Cena, Daniel Bryan, or any other face competitor upon his turn and quickly make a return to glory.

And in a business where larger than life personalities are a calling card, who wouldn't want to see a raging and fiery Irishman wreaking havoc all over the WWE talent roster?