YMMV / Sheamus

  • Awesome Music: Mocking false lyrics aside.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Oh god yes, he started out as an uber heel that murdered everyone, beat John Cena for the WWE Championship, "retired" Triple H and dominated most people he's been up against, as soon as he won the championship a second time he's really started to loose all the badass cred, Randy Orton punked him out whenever they faced each other (to this day Sheamus has never beaten Orton), he ran from The Nexus, hell, The Miz kicked his ass.
    • In mid-2011, he forced the Badassery to re-emerge. Talking trash with Randy Orton? Check. Classic triple threat match with Mark Henry and Christian? Check. Recovering from THE PUNT in ONE WEEK? CHECK. Interrupting the Randy Orton/Christian contract signing and punking out both men? CHECK. Withstanding The Great Khali's vicegrip and breaking out of it?. CHECK. Taking on Mark Henry, because no one else want due to him being on a warpath and taking out a bunch of people? CHECK. And getting cheering for it. One would say YES, most definitely approaching a Heel–Face Turn.
    • In 2012, he won the Royal Rumble. BADASS DECAY OVER.
    • Twofold, fella!
    • Sadly, he fell into this again in 2015, which got even worse when he won the Money in the Bank briefcase. He was basically losing all his feuds, had no storyline direction, and was jobbing to midcard matches in some vein hope that the fans would forget about him to make his cash-in more shocking (instead, all it did was make them actively dread it). This was one of the main arguments the IWC made against Sheamus being champion in the first place, especially in comparison to Reigns, who's been booked like he's the second coming of John Cena. Sheamus has lost so much credibility that the fans have a hard time taking him as a serious threat to Reigns, while Reigns' character is bland and stale; there's effectively no reason to care about this feud at all.
  • Base Breaker: Half the IWC thinks he's a versatile power man who's good on the mic, and the other half thinks he's one-dimensional and boring. There is no middle ground.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Judged by his detractors to be one, due in large part to his well-known Real Life friendship with Triple H. It got worse after the Squash Match in which he got the title. Ironically, years later he got vindicated when Daniel Bryan revealed in his book that both of them hated the decision, having wanted to redeem themselves for getting kicked off the show the previous WM, and that in no way was Hunter responsible for what happened — it was rumored Dunn mucked around with the match to screw them both over.
    • Went away after dropping the World Heavyweight Championship in Hell in a Cell 2012, but returned with a vengeance after he won the 2015 Money in the Bank contract despite being, arguably, the least popular man in the match and the one with the least storyline direction (and no appropriate build up). With the title scene already rather packed with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Brock Lesnar many feel Sheamus just does not belong in the title scene and the briefcase ensures he will be there for a long while (unless he pulls an early cash in attempt).
    • Then he won the Championship by beating Roman Reigns after the latter had went through an entire tournament to win it. Many fans were not pleased at all. In fact, many members of the IWC outright stated they would've preferred Reigns to have his big face win and foil his cash-in attempt, and Reigns hasn't been on the IWC's good side in a long time (though in regards to the performer, they've been more sympathetic). The cash-in, as many point out, rendered the entire tournament pointless other than trying to make us sorry for Reigns's character (the only thing they're sorry for is that Reigns got stuck with such a bad character in the first place). Others feel Sheamus should've never won the briefcase, as he has largely been regarded as irrelevant for years now, which his booking after the win reflected, in some desperate hope we'd forget about him to make his cash-in more shocking. The fans never did, actively dreading it since they wanted him to be champion even less than they wanted Reigns to be a (face) champion. A part of that was the fact that this was the third heel champion in a row (since Reigns' reign was so short it might as well have been nonexistent) and a face champion would have been a refreshing change of pace. The company had been pushing Reigns to win the title for practically the entire year, and many were willing to just stop fighting it and let him have the title and see how he'll do, hoping it would give him the chance spice up his bland face character or, for the most cynical, allow him to crash and burn on his own so that way the company could either turn him heel or move on to someone else. Sheamus winning it turned him from Base Breaker into The Scrappy again, while the company's reputation worsened to the point that fans were outright demanding that Vince step down. The only silver lining anyone can find in this is that they finally got it over with so we no longer have to worry about it.
  • Designated Hero:
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: His return as a heel following WrestleMania 31: for some the large red mohawk and braided beard are too silly looking to be taken seriously as a threat, to the extent that the debut of the new look led to the crowd starting a "You look stupid!" chant that still continues as of late 2015.
  • Fridge Logic: The commentators regularly state that growing up, Sheamus was bullied for having pale skin and red hair. Aside from only stating this because he's now the face of the Be A Star anti-bullying campaign (which in itself is Fridge Logic because his character started out as a notorious bully and even as a face has the Hair-Trigger Temper to pass as one), Sheamus is from Ireland, with a great many Irish people having red hair and pale skin.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On the 2011 WrestleMania Revenge Tour in Europe, Sheamus faced Daniel Bryan (for the US Championship) - and worked as a face for the Dublin show. Although A Hero to His Hometown would obviously come into play, the idea of Daniel Bryan getting X-Pac Heat against Sheamus is kind of hilarious. See next entry.
  • Internet Backdraft: Involved in one after his Squash Match against Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 28. Curiously, most of the ire seems to be less about the fact Sheamus won, as pretty much everyone and their mother figured Sheamus would come out that match the victor, and more that the match took 18 seconds, although the backdraft wouldn't be as bad if Bryan won in 18 seconds rather than Sheamus.
    • Involved in another one thanks to the backlash of Survivor Series 2015. Vince is really at fault for that, and while for the most part all the heat is on management for that particular booking decision, Sheamus is getting some of the heat because he is (objectively) the one who most benefited from it as he's now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion because of it.
    • Misblamed: He's been forced to endure some vicious booing for that booking decision in the week(s) directly following Wrestlemania - for a booking decision that wasn't his fault, natch. The whole incident came dangerously close to derailing his title run, but thankfully it's mostly gone after he faced Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules in a two out of three falls rematch and worked his ass off, keeping up with Bryan in a well received match. He got further relieved from the blame years later when Bryan revealed in his book that both of them were pissed off with the decision, as they had wanted to redeem themselves from the previous WM where their match got kicked off the show. It also helps that many sources point this debacle to Kevin Dunn who, reportedly, dislikes both of them.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Sheamus will rip your head off and fuck your girlfriend.
    • He's just a shark circling an empty butt hole.
  • Replacement Scrappy: During late 2015, he became this for all three former members of The Shield. Simultaneously. He's this for Seth Rollins as the new Authority-sponsored champion, as Rollins was not only more over, but also more entertaining, more interesting, and a better worker. He's this for Roman Reigns as everyone wanted him to be the new "corporate champion" instead thanks to the Reality Subtext that the company refuses to acknowledge, with everyone perfectly aware that Sheamus is a transitional champion who only has the title because Vince didn't want Reigns to get booed when he became the face of the company. And he's this for Dean Ambrose as it was Ambrose everyone wanted Reigns to feud with, especially after Rollins got injured and put a kibosh on the Rollins/Reigns feud, even if it meant Ambrose had to be the one to turn heel despite being the most over face on the roster not named Daniel Bryan. Sheamus isn't fighting a losing battle in trying to get over with the fans — the battle was lost before it even began.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Started to get a bit more respect for his ring work around the time of his program with Triple H (though was still seen as something of a Creator's Pet). He really got more fans with his Heel–Face Turn in 2011.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: They've never interacted on camera, but, for obvious reasons, people seem to like to pair him off with Paige in a hypothetical "My gosh, how pale would their kids be" kind of way.
  • Squick: At one point, Sheamus was attacked after a match by a belt-wielding Mark Henry. He sustained quite a lashing, and picked up a new set of scars to show for it. Ugh...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Or name, rather. Considering Sheamus is referred to as "The Celtic Warrior" and his finisher is a Crucifix Powerbomb, it's a damn shame Finlay called his Finishing Move the Celtic Cross. Notably, no one seems to know what to call this move. Sometimes Cole will call it the "Celtic Cross". The next week, it'll be the "High Cross." Before either of those, the move was briefly called "Pale Justice", which arguably might fit better now than either of the first two, given Sheamus' later "Great White" Red Baron and his status as a Face. Afterwards the announcers seemed to be settling on "Celtic Cross". Ironically, after all that Sheamus added to his moveset the finisher that Finlay calls the "Celtic Cross." Only, for Sheamus, it's called "White Noise."
    • A more literal example of the trope: Sheamus got himself into one of those "your Finishing Move is banned" scenarios with a Rules Lawyer-ing Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus even began using a new submission finisher around this time to foreshadow and then 'sell' the ban. But when the time came for the match, perhaps finding out that Del Rio's sidekick was overselling the injuries to his neck, Booker T reinstated the Brogue Kick, rendering the whole plotline null and void.
  • X-Pac Heat: Very much so after winning the world title at Survivor Series 2015. Most of the fanbase instantly were against the decision due to the fact that Sheamus has been pushed many times before and every single time he failed to get over (or rather, failed to get over enough to justify a world title reign). Granted the booking doesn't help but everybody on the roster has to contend with that and the reality of the situation is the nosedive in ratings following the event can be partially (but not entirely) linked to Sheamus as champion. Reigns, the guy he cashed in on, may have had a terrible character, but he was a fresh face and had proven he can get over organically if given decent enough booking and the right character, enough to justify him being champion. Sheamus, however, aside from a decent peak in popularity following his initial Heel–Face Turn, was often considered upper midcard, lower main event at best. The only title reigns Sheamus ever had that were noticeable were his first one due to how soon he got it after being on the main roster for at most six months and having just been drafted to RAW (it was a tables match, and he somehow managed to push John Cena through one), and his third world title due to the aftermath (the infamous 18-second squash match that led to Daniel Bryan's AJ Lee-push, the formation of Team Hell No, and Bryan becoming the most popular wrestler since Stone Cold and the Rock).

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