Now that we know Sheamus will be sidelined for nearly half the year with a torn labrum that requires surgery, how is the WWE going to handle one of its major faces being on the mend for that long?
The one thing I harp on more than anything in the WWE is the imbalance of heels and faces on the roster and the lack of true talent that is being used week to week.
Drew McIntyre is a prime example.
Sheamus’s injury could be the blessing in disguise to help young talent get over and help struggling talents like Ryback and Wade Barrett find their way.
When wrestling was red hot in the mid 1980s the NWA and WWF has a roster of 30-40 wrestlers all vying for the one title of the organization. But in those days, everyone knew their place like a cast system of sorts. And for that reason, you never saw Honkytonk Man or Tito Santana or even Rick Martel challenge Hulk Hogan for the belt.
In the NWA, there were tiers of wrestlers or Ric Flair or Harley Race or whoever held the title traveled from territory to territory to challenge the area’s top champion. But everyone knew their place. You only saw someone like a Charlie Cook or George Gulas challenge Flair if other top stars were on the road.
And that was the law of the land and part of the Kayfabe of the business.
The WWE must get back to that kind of reality – not everyone is cut out to be the champion. There are wrestlers who should stay in the mid card, there are too many main event stars vying for the title at once. And an injury here and there helps to even things out. It is now the nature of the business.
It is also a situation where Sheamus is on the shelf mending and for now, someone like a Barrett or a McIntyre or Kofi Kingston will come in and take his spot. That is a good thing in the sense that more wrestlers will get a push.
Let’s be honest, Sheamus was floundering for a bit, with no real feud, a comical routine of late and not a chance to be the World Title any time soon. He may have topped out of late and was looking for an opportunity. I think he and Barrett should have been tag title challengers, but that will not happen any time soon.
The WWE has a habit of taking hot talent and running them at full speed until they run out of gas. They also have a habit of pushing a wrestler to the top of the mountain and let them fall off with a parachute.
Sheamus may have been one of the them.
The torn labrum was the means to an end so to speak. The WWE can fix him, retool him, repackage him and send him on his merry way. When he first hit the WWE scene he took out everyone in his sight. Now, we see him with the likes of Damien Sandow in skits and feel-good matches with Daniel Bryan – both not befitting a man of his size.