Since losing his second WWE Championship at last year's Night of Champions pay-per-view event, Sheamus has received minimal shots at either of the World Championships in WWE, something that has not gone unnoticed.
Shortly after dropping the golden prize to Randy Orton last September, Sheamus would embark on a lengthy losing streak on the Raw roster, before reigning as United States champion for a brief period of time. His shocking move to Friday nights came this past April as a part of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft, but not even this turn of events earned him a spot back in the title picture.
However, his surprising face turn in late July turned out to be for the better for the former WWE champion, who has gone on to pick up impressive victories against Christian, Mark Henry and even Randy Orton. Despite all this, the Celtic Warrior has yet to be given his rightful shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, but why?
A recent PWInsider.com report (h/t Lords of Pain) has rumored for Sheamus to be reinserted back into the World Championship picture on the road to WrestleMania 28, where he will more than likely contend against former foe Mark Henry over the belt. As logical as that may sound, Daniel Bryan has vowed to cash in his briefcase at that very same event, but that's a whole other story.
Nonetheless, I fully expect to see the Ireland native placed in a variety of rivalries in the meantime, hopefully with fellow European Wade Barrett in coming months. Not only this, but there is another highly anticipated feud with Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes also waiting on the horizon.
Unlike past champions before him, I surely hope WWE continues to push Mark Henry as the dangerous heel he has been portrayed to be in recent months. At this rate, it thankfully does not seem as if Henry will be dropping the strap anytime soon.
With that being said, do not look for Sheamus to be reigning as World heavyweight champion until at least WrestleMania 28, where his well-built push will subsequently come to its climax. The longer Sheamus is away from the title, the more thrilling the moment will be when he finally does capture the prestigious gold.
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