At WrestleMania XXVI, the world said good-bye to one of the all time greats. With WrestleMania’s headliner now gone, how will WWE compensate for the loss?
Two things WWE must consider: who are their current top players, and which mid-carders have the potential to main-event?
Currently WWE has a handful of main-eventers: Triple-H, Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista, Edge, Chris Jericho, and The Undertaker. However, wrestling fans have grown jaded watching the same men main event every pay-per-view.
How is WWE trying to rectify the situation? By simply creating new stars. Except, sometimes the methods employed in creating new stars may come across as abrupt and downright desperate.
In December, WWE creative decided not only to place the WWE Title on Sheamus, but have him take down one of the biggest stars while doing so. In a controversial Tables match, where the objective is to place your opponent through a table, Sheamus appeared to have slipped on the rope resulting in Cena falling back through the structure. Regardless of how the finish looked, the outcome was exactly what WWE and fans wanted. Or at least that’s what fans thought they wanted.
John Cena, no secret, is hated by many for his lack of wrestling ability. And after the constant title reigns, especially when he and Orton played hot potato with the WWE Title throughout the fall of ’09, fans were wishing for someone new to just rise up and shut Cena up.
Placing the WWE Title on a green horn from Dublin, Ireland may have been abrupt but it did add a level of excitement that has been lacking in WWE programming for years.
Sheamus, now in the main event circle, shook up some of the established players like Cena and Randy Orton. He has provided a counter force to John Cena’s Superman persona; while turning Randy Orton into a fan favorite by default.
John Cena’s never say die attitude faltered while trying to recapture the title from Sheamus. Due to the simple fact that Sheamus conducts himself as a proud savage warrior with no sense of stopping until victorious.
Disbanding from The Legacy, along with challenges to Sheamus, has sparked a face turn in Orton. Granted, his psychotic bursts of rage has always garnered him a favorite among fans; but it was fans dislike of the Celtic Warrior that made him the favorite.
Sheamus’ run as the WWE Champion, as surprisingly lengthy as it was with several title defenses, has made an impact which hopefully will not be reversed any time soon. However losing the title prior to WrestleMania, Sheamus’ career is still on a meteoric rise now that he has crossed paths with Triple-H.
Sheamus’ career, already escalating faster than most, has already encountered the opponent that will either make him or break him. For Triple-H it was The Ultimate Warrior who changed his career forever and made him into The Game. And while Sheamus’ loss to Triple-H at ‘Mania was evident, it was his assault on the following night that is the cut throat attitude that will push him to that next level.