It has been a long, difficult road back to the pinnacle of professional wrestling for Sheamus, but The Celtic Warrior finally got there on Sunday as he successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Roman Reigns at Survivor Series to become the new WWE World Heavyweight champion.
After Reigns had successfully defeated Alberto Del Rio and Dean Ambrose to become the newest champion, Sheamus ruined Reigns' night with a Brogue Kick. WWE captured a picture of the new champion:
After the match, Triple H shared a picture of himself on Instagram embracing the new champion:
The new champion took a photo of the prize that comes with winning the WWE championship:
WrestleZone.com speculated what this means moving forward:
Sheamus shocked many by winning the Money in the Bank ladder match in June, as Reigns was considered a heavy favorite. The Irish Superstar was able to come out on top, though, which signaled the beginning of his ascent.
After securing the briefcase, Sheamus made it clear that he intended to make the most of his opportunity:
He also suggested that he would make life a living hell for the world champion since he had the luxury of striking at any time:
The 37-year-old veteran made good on his promise, and he will now start his third reign as the company's top champion. He hadn't held the belt since 2010.
Things didn't always look so promising for the hard-hitting Superstar, as he previously attempted to cash in on Seth Rollins at Night of Champions only for Kane to return and prevent him from doing so.
After that, Sheamus was fully aware that cashing in successfully would be even more difficult than he originally thought:
Despite the setback, Sheamus was able to accomplish his ultimate goal.
Sheamus' previous runs with the WWE Championship came under a heel persona, which is something that he went back to upon his return from injury following WrestleMania 31. The Irishman had spent several years as a lovable face, but he needed to return to his roots in order to truly be successful.
It can certainly be argued that Sheamus has been among the most divisive figures in WWE since making his debut in 2009. It was only a matter of months before Sheamus became world champion for the first time, and he gained his fair share of detractors because of that.
The questions regarding his viability as a top star got even louder during his face run due to the notion that his character was stale. While that may have been true, he has consistently been among the best in-ring workers WWE has had to offer, and that persists to this day.
In addition to his strong wrestling ability, Sheamus now has an interesting character to go along with it, which is why this may be his best chance yet to prove that he can carry the company.
Sheamus may not be a long-term answer due to his age and the presence of so many rising stars, but he is a convincing heel who can act as a solid transitional champion at the very least.
The world title scene has a feeling of freshness due to the fact that it has been so long since Sheamus was last in this position. Not everyone will like it, but WWE can do some very interesting things with Sheamus at the helm.
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