Randy Orton nearly ended his career as a warning if Christian continued pursuit of the World Heavyweight title. Sheamus was merely a pawn in The Viper’s psychological games of intimidation.
When Christian defeated Sheamus to earn another shot at Orton’s World title, there was never any question about what Randy Orton would do next. It had to be the man who lost the match. Orton has always acted on impulse, and if Sheamus had won, he would’ve sent the message by punting Christian. But it wasn’t Sheamus who won, it was Christian, the man who continues to believe that can beat him.
Randy Orton has admitted that he has anger issues: spitting on people’s faces, targeting Legends, punting people in the head, and taking advantage of women simply to get the upper hand. But now guarded by the support of the WWE Universe, his outbursts are held in the light of good conquering evil. So when Sheamus was punted in the head, no one gave it a second thought.
But unlike all the other people Orton has punted in the head during the course of his WWE career, Sheamus didn’t need to take a leave of absence. Just two weeks after the incident, Sheamus stormed into the ring during the World Heavyweight championship contract signing for Money in the Bank and attacked both Orton and Christian. After leveling both men with matching Brogue kicks, Sheamus tore up the contract. Offering the conclusion that Sheamus will no longer be kicked around.
Many were upset when Sheamus won the King of the Ring tournament back in 2010 because it’s usually reserved for those that havent already been made. Sure, Sheamus is a former two-time WWE champion, but his stock in the company plummeted when John Cena started making fun of his pale complexion and his fiery red hair. The bullying got to him to the point where he started dropping matches to Santino Marella and Evan Bourne. In a way, Sheamus needed KOTR to reestablish his place on the roster. But, regardless, his victory became the subject of more criticism and more bullying when John Morrison started cracking jokes on his Celtic King attire: robe, horned crown, and scepter included.
Sheamus’s KOTR victory should have reignited his career because the KOTR tournaments has usually signified who was in line for the next big push. But that is no longer the case as evidence from the past couple of years. Since the advent of the Money in the Bank ladder match concept, the KOTR no longer holds the same significance in this day and age, the power lies in whoever holds the Money in the Bank briefcase.
For Sheamus to once again literally climb back up the ladder of success, he’ll have to win the MITB ladder match on July 17, 2011. And as he already announced, Sheamus plans, on not only winning the briefcase, but on cashing it in on that same night. But only because he can cash it in, doesn’t mean he should; unless he holds a distinct advantage over The Viper.
With Mark Henry preoccupied with his altercation with The Big Show, the only other man who stands in his way from total vindication is Christian. It was bias officiating on Christian’s part that cost Sheamus his World title match against Orton, it was Christian who knocked him on the top turnbuckle during their contender’s match that invited Orton to punt him in the head, and it was Christian that interfered in his return non-title match against Orton.
For Sheamus to fulfill his vendetta, and reestablish his dominance, he’ll have to dispose of Christian indefinitely to have a clear shot at Randy Orton. And once he becomes the new World Heavyweight Champion, his place at the pinnacle of the roster will be restored. Frankly, a spot he should never have lost.