In one of the most shocking turns of events I think I have ever seen in WWE history, the WWE had their top babyface (good guy) in John Cena drop his WWE Title to a man who hasn't been in the WWE a year yet in Sheamus.
The match was contested in a tables match, where the object of the match was to put your opponent through a table. Once you are put through the table, no matter how it happens, you win the match.
This was very key, as it played a part in Sheamus winning. While Cena was getting over for a bit, Sheamus won.
The Irish Assassin has only been in the WWE six months, and he got into his first title match at this PPV called TLC. Most people were happy to finally get some new blood in the WWE Title mix, while others wanted to see the regular big names in there.
I for one was happy to see Sheamus vs. Cena. This was far better than another Orton/Cena or HBK/Cena or Triple H/Cena. But we all figured in the end that Cena would come out the victor, especially with this being the first WWE Title match for Sheamus.
Also, there were dark main event scheduled in the month of January for Chris Jericho vs John Cena for the WWE Title, all signs pointed to a Cena win.
Therefore, the WWE probably shocked not on the smarks and marks of the world, but every WWE fan on the planet, which I am both happy to see and kind of angry to see.
Sheamus has not gone over really anyone big yet, except for Cena at TLC. Before he was beating guys like Jamie Noble, Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, and Santino Marella. All are far cries from the people in the main event scene right now.
If he went over Shawn Michaels, Triple H, heck even guys like MVP or Mark Henry, then he would have looked more like a World Champion in my book or at least a threat to win it.
Now, it looks like we will have a John Cena/Sheamus match-up at the Royal Rumble coming up. I personally think the WWE will have Sheamus drop it to Cena if fans come out and start to hate on them for putting it on Sheamus or if he sucks as champion until then.
I remember guys like Chris Jericho, Jeff Hardy, and others actually did well and sold big merchandise as champion, but had a short, first World Title reign. So they may still take it off of him no matter what.
I am still so shocked by this personally, because I don't get the move. But, at least the WWE surprised us, which is great to see from them when they can actually pull it off.
But what do you think, was it a bit premature to give Sheamus a World Title run?