According to lordsofpain.net, an upcoming Sheamus vs. Mark Henry showdown was announced at Tuesday's Smackdown tapings, and will take place at the upcoming Summerslam event.
Personally its a pretty good call putting these two powerhouses against each other, and it should be a very fun match to watch.
Henry has been on the biggest role of his career, and continues to get great match-ups that he can work with. As for Sheamus, it certainly gives him something to do before he inevitably gets more involved in the Heavyweight Title picture.
But when Sheamus does return to the main event, will he still be a heel? Or is this the beginning of the face turn that has been rumored for so long?
It seems that this little feud will be the catalyst for a Celtic Warrior turn. The WWE always tries to stick to the classic face vs. heel strategy, and only saves the face vs. face matches for big main events (See: Cena-Rock, Undertaker-HHH. Undertaker-Michaels).
In this situation, Henry is clearly the dominant heel who can't be stopped, while Sheamus seems advertised as the tough guy who's here to save Smackdown from Henry's rampage. Sheamus never backs down from a fight, and in this situation its actually done with good intentions.
Would Sheamus Be A Successful Face?
Sheamus is a very popular and still-rising superstar, and it'll be interesting to see if his popularity continues if he loses his heel gimmick.
Personally, I think this current situation simply won't work out for the Celtic Warrior. I think its impossible for someone of his character to go completely face, and there's just too many tweeners right now at the top for him to make a massive impact.
The hottest tweener right now is obviously CM Punk, but there's one on the blue brand that will probably steal most of Sheamus' thunder. Some guy named Randy Orton.
I don't care if he's the most loved wrestler in the WWE right now, Orton is a tweener. He's not supposed to be a nice guy. Yes, he may be cheered like a rock star every time he comes out, but he's still going to RKO anyone who gets in his way, face or heel. That's the definition of a tweener.
I just don't see how Sheamus could ever be a total face with the kind of gimmick he's created for himself. Maybe I just don't have much of an imagination.
I also would like to point out that this is all just speculation on my part. Maybe he won't have a face turn at all. Maybe next week he'll be back to old ways and give Zack Ryder a nice Brogue Kick right in the teeth.
Now THAT'S a way to draw some heat.