Let me start off by saying that I never thought I would be writing an article about why Sheamus should keep his WWE Championship. As many of you may know, I wrote an article awhile ago coming down hard on the storyline that has given us our WWE Champion.
Now, before I set off everyone's hypocrisy meter, let me just say for the record that I have not changed my mind about the whole Sheamus thing. I still think that this whole story has been done completely wrong and his title reign is proving out to be nothing more than a transitional one.
OK, so after that last paragraph you're probably thinking, “Well, if you dislike this story so much, what's up with the headline?”
My feeling is this, If Sheamus doesn't retain at the Royal Rumble on Sunday, then the WWE will have accomplished nothing with this storyline except for wasting everyone's time and ruining an up-and-coming wrestler.
Many who have supported his title reign have done so with the theory that it brings new blood into what has been, a very stale WWE title picture. Having Orton take the belt off of him so early, isn't going to do anything to change that.
An Orton victory will be viewed by many as a non confidence vote against Sheamus. Moreover, it could also be viewed as a non confidence vote against non established main-event talent as a whole.
Hear me out, many have speculated that the reason the WWE decided to give him a run with the Championship was to show that the WWE does give other guys a chance in the main-event picture. But what kind of chance do they really give?
Lets recap, first he beats John Cena in a tables match, where many people believe Cena fell into the table rather than Sheamus putting him through it. Next, lets look at the fact that since he has been on Raw, he has yet to pin a world champion, and his only victory over a world champion was the above mentioned tables match.
Finally, I question why Sheamus, a character being sold to us as a monster and a warrior in some matches, is constantly being made to look weak in matches against the only former world champion he has faced?
Add this all up with a defeat on Sunday and his title reign looks like something many on this and other sites have pondered. A ploy to quieten fans who wanted a change in the mundane WWE title picture.
Think about it. Since his title win, fans have gone from upset to down right apathetic in regards to the WWE Championship. Because of this apathy, the WWE will have to put the title on a veteran who can restore value back to the belt. This way the WWE can say they gave a new guy a chance, he failed, so no more new guys in the title pictures for awhile.
Now let me reiterate, I am not a fan of the whole Sheamus as WWE champion storyline. However, if a Sheamus loss on Sunday means halting the push of new talent in the main-event picture, then I will not support his dropping of the belt at the Royal Rumble.
The WWE has spent over a month trying to convince fans that Sheamus is a main-event level talent. If the WWE truly believes this and wants to prove that my theory is nothing more than conjecture, then at the very least, he must retain at the Royal Rumble.
That's my opinion, how about yours?