Stephen Farrelly made his WWE debut as "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus on June 30th as part of the ECW brand. He began a rivalry with Goldust on ECW before moving on to a higher profile rivalry against Shelton Benjamin.
It wasn't before being transferred to Raw that he got more exposure. His destruction of Jamie Noble was not really impressive, but it let the fans know that he had arrived. Survivor Series was his night to shine. Most fans, including myself thought that Sheamus was too aggressive and would get disqualified and that Team Morrison would pick up the win.
Instead, the WWE decided to push new superstars like Drew McIntyre and Sheamus which left me with a smile on my face. I won't lie, I heard of Sheamus O'Shaunessy before he made his debut in the WWE and became a fan and since his WWE debut, nothing's changed.
He's 6'6" and 280 pounds, but he's much different from most big men that have come across the WWE. Superstars like The Great Khali, Mike Knox, Festus, Vladimir Kozlov, Ezekiel, Snitsky, and some of the past big men too haven't been impressive in the ring. Sheamus doesn't come from the same mold as these guys. Instead, I think he's more like Undertaker, Batista, Big Show and Bam Bam Bigelow, a big man with a future.
Sheamus has pretty good in-ring skills, but you can't really agree with me if you've only seen his matches against Noble. He can actually talk on the mic and be good at it, most big men don't even know what a microphone is. Sheamus also has a pretty cool gimmick. He's working on the evil Irish gimmick pretty well so far and can't wait to see where he'll take it next.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was also impressed with Sheamus and had this to say:
“The continued evolution of Sheamus, the big Irish guy with no last name, is something that I’m enjoying. Hopefully, this build will be consistent and not rushed as it is obvious to me that Sheamus, the big Irish guy with no last name, has marketable potential.
"I like his size, physicality, and obvious toughness and he also has a strong work ethic and desire to not just be a player to be be a main event player. Sheamus is one of the most intriguing personas in WWE right now for my money."
His performance at Survivor Series was really impressive and hinted that the WWE wanted to make an impact with him.
The fact that he not only eliminated Finlay but Intercontinental champion John Morrison to win the match, was actually enough to show the WWE universe that his push would come quicker then expected.
We now know that he will be challenging WWE champion John Cena at TLC in a table match. Most fans have been disappointed at the WWE title picture this year because it needed to change. All those same fans are now pissed that Sheamus is getting a championship match this early.
Here's what the WWE championship PPV matches have been all year long:
Royal Rumble: John Cena vs JBL
No Way Out: Elimination Chamber
WrestleMania: Randy Orton vs Triple H
Backlash: Randy Orton/Legacy vs Triple H/Batista/Shane
Judgement Day: Randy Orton vs Batista
Extreme Rules: Randy Orton vs Batista
The Bash: Randy Orton vs Triple H
Night of Champions: Randy Orton vs John Cena vs Triple H
Summerslam: Randy Orton vs John Cena
Breaking Point: Randy Orton vs John cena
Hell In A Cell: Randy Orton vs John Cena
Bragging Rights: Randy Orton vs John cena
Survivor Series: John Cena vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels
So, if you hadn't noticed, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, and Triple H were in the main events all year long. JBL and Shawn Michaels were involved only in one main event match. That's four guys main eventing 13 straight events.
I think it's a good idea to refresh the WWE title picture with Sheamus. Even if he loses to Cena, it's new and cool. Sheamus will become a top superstar whatever the outcome of the match at TLC. If he loses, it won't be by pinfall or submission since it will be a table match, so it won't take any of his fire away.
Even in the scenario where Sheamus would become WWE champion at TLC, it would be nice to see what he can do with it. If he does leave with the title, he won't keep it long anyway since the WWE won't let him main event Wrestlemania just yet.
All I can say is, don't hate on the WWE or Sheamus. Wait and see what the WWE does with this angle first. I truly believe I will be all for the better whatever happens.