Cesaro Is the Perfect Challenger to Build Sheamus' Credibility

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

Stephen Farrelly, of Ireland, known as Sheamus, answers a question during a news conference before the WWE Wrestlemania 29 wrestling event, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Sheamus, the United States champion, needs the perfect challenger for his title. Who better to contest him than Cesaro?

These two contenders have developed a fledgling feud within the past two weeks, one which resulted in an upset victory for Cesaro on the May 19 edition of Raw. The Swiss-born wrestler pinned Sheamus using a German suplex with a bridge.

The Irish-born champ always loves a true fight, a fact evident from his match history. Sheamus doesn’t back down from anyone, and he most likely will want another shot at Cesaro.

The champ needs an opponent on June 1 at Payback, the WWE’s next pay-per-view. He deserves an opponent that can match him blow for blow. Unfortunately, the list of potential challengers leaves much to be desired.

What are the options? Bad News Barrett had some nice matches against Sheamus, but he’s busy with the intercontinental title and is taking on Rob Van Dam at the PPV. Mark Henry and the Big Show gave Sheamus hard-hitting bouts, but both giants are not in contention. Show hasn’t been consistently seen on television since WrestleMania 30, and Henry has floundered in the midcard division.

That leaves Cesaro, the perfect challenger to build Sheamus’ credibility.

Why are both wrestlers a perfect match? The reason is that they have similar styles that can bring out the best in each other.

Both wrestlers can brawl and have aerial assaults. Sheamus utilizes the flying shoulder tackle; he can slingshot himself from the apron or leaping from the turnbuckle. Cesaro uses a different twist on the European uppercut, launching it from the top turnbuckle.

Let’s not also forget their ability to cater to the crowd. Cesaro’s “Big Swing” maneuver has earned him the “King of Swing” moniker. Sheamus gets the crowd going by beating his chest, signaling for the Brogue Kick when the match is about to end.

Believe it or not, both men can also carry a match.

Sheamus doesn’t get the credit Cesaro does when he puts on a good match, and Sheamus' matches are not pretty. But his matches with Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler during 2012 speak for themselves. His encounters with Bryan and Ziggler were stellar, underrated matches at Extreme Rules and No Way Out, respectively.

Who would be the victor if Sheamus and Cesaro end up fighting at Payback? Frankly, Sheamus needs the victory more than Cesaro.

Cesaro already won the U.S. title at the 2012 edition of SummerSlam. Regaining the title would be a step back, especially with Paul Heyman in his corner.

The U.S. title needs a reason to exist in the WWE limelight. With all due respect to Dean Ambrose, he and WWE Creative failed to justify the title’s existence.

Sheamus is in his second reign as U.S. champion, and he can make this title relevant again with a strong run. It starts with a good feud, one like the rivalry developing with Cesaro.

Cesaro is the perfect challenger to make Sheamus a credible champion. They effortlessly bring out the best in each other. More importantly, Sheamus needs that credibility to make his United States Championship relevant again.