Wade Barrett and Sheamus both had exceptionally fast rises to the top in WWE. Within one year of their debuts, they were main eventing pay-per-views against some of the most established names in all of wrestling.
To a certain extent, their careers have paralleled each other, and now, they have both found themselves on SmackDown thanks to the 2011 WWE Draft. But who will have the better career and become the more successful WWE Superstar?
Sheamus is over with the crowd. There is no simpler way to put it. He draws heat like few other wrestlers do, and that can get him very far. He is already a two-time WWE Champion and has proven that he can succeed as the company's top draw. He's already an established main eventer, despite currently being a mainstay in the midcard scene on SmackDown.
Wade Barrett is in a similar boat. While he isn't quite as over as Sheamus, he too was a main eventer on Raw in 2010 but is currently the Intercontinental Champion on SmackDown. Wade Barrett had only one successful main event feud, his seven-plus month long saga with John Cena. Sheamus, on the other hand, has carried out feuds with Randy Orton, Triple H and John Cena.
Both Barrett and Sheamus can work well in the ring, but Sheamus would be the one whose move-set seems more extensive, not to mention that it is expanding, as he debuts new moves ever so often. Barrett can get around in the ring, but his match with Ezekiel Jackson at Over the Limit certainly isn't helping his cause.
Mic work is an area that they are "tied" in. Both of them really are exceptional on the mic, although Sheamus seems to draw more of a reaction from the crowd.
Both Sheamus and Wade Barrett will no doubt find their way back into the main event scene in the very near future, but as for who goes further with their career, I would go for Sheamus. Barrett will also go far, but Sheamus is really the whole package, from gimmick, to in-ring work, to mic skills.
This is, however, mostly an opinion, so be sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts.