Smackdown has always had a top face, from The Undertaker, to Edge, and now to Randy Orton, finding a man to lead the show has never been the problem.
What Smackdown has been lacking over the past few years is a solid no. 2 face that is over with the crowd, to run the mid/upper card.
Oh sure, we have Daniel Bryan, Ezekiel Jackson, Kane, and Sin Cara. But none of those guys are really the full package. Kane is more of a tweener, and he works a part-time schedule anyways.
Smackdown is packed with solid heels, Christian, Wade Barret, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Khali, etc. But without any quality faces, they mean nothing.
Sheamus was sort of floating around on Smackdown. "Challenging" for the world title, but not really being considered a serious threat.
With Christian being the hottest heel on Smackdown and no chance of another Orton/Sheamus feud at the time, Sheamus needed something going for him.
In the mean time, Mark Henry was terrorizing the WWE roster, nobody wanted a piece of him. All seemed lost... until Sheamus came to town.
The pop that Sheamus got from the crowd last night on Smackdown was unbelievable. There was no mixed reaction, it was unanimous cheering the second his music hit.
In today's day and age, going from heel to face is much harder than from going face to heel. And Sheamus did it within a matter of weeks.
For example, it took MVP a seemingly 6-8 month losing streak to finally get the crowd chanting his name.
This opens up a whole host of new feuds, currently something is brewing between him and Mark Henry. But feuds against Wade Barret or Cody Rhodes would be entertaining as well.
But perhaps the biggest feud this opens up is Christian vs. Sheamus.
Let's face it, Randy Orton vs. Christian has run its course. The World Heavyweight Championship scene needs new blood.
Christian vs. Sheamus would be a feud that the fans would be all over. And it would give Orton a chance to put the young guns over.
No matter how you look at it, you can't not be excited about all the doors this opens up. It's a win-win for everybody.
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