Following his Money in the Bank win this past Sunday, it looks like Sheamus could be in line for a run with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship over the next year.
Sheamus earning the MITB contract was a result of his planned win from last year being derailed as the result of numerous factors, including CM Punk leaving the company and Daniel Bryan’s various injuries.
The plan was for Sheamus to turn heel last year and face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX, however CM Punk leaving the company, the WWE Universe rejecting Batista and Daniel Bryan’s undeniable popularity led to booking changes.
After WrestleMania, Sheamus was going to win the MITB briefcase, but Bryan’s injury resulted in last year’s MITB match being for the WWE Championship. It was decided that John Cena was the best choice to win the belt and go on to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
“The win means Sheamus is likely to take the title some time over the next year from whatever babyface beats Rollins for the title. Headlining with a new name in the mix is a good idea. But Sheamus, even with the change in look, is far from being a new name. I’m not sure that Sheamus is thought of by fans at the level of a guy who at this point should win the title or even headline a PPV in a singles match.”
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