Why Sheamus Is Now Hitting His Stride with WWE

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterFebruary 1, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Sheamus has harnessed his power, personality and popularity and is now one of WWE's biggest assets.

Expect the first Irish-born WWE champ's career to continue to be a success. As the company's resident brawler and a man who has learned to maximize his physical gifts, Sheamus should find himself in the running for plenty more championships.

Initially, Sheamus came off as a WWE version of The Incredible Hulk, angry and mighty with not a ton of subtlety.

It appears now that he's tapped into his potential. Some of that has been how much more vibrant and compelling he's been outside of the ring.


The Charming Hooligan

In the past year and a half, he's revealed more and more of his personality. The Celtic Warrior has blossomed into a fight-loving hooligan with plenty of charm.

Though some of his segments have bombed (think the debate against Big Show) WWE has had the right instinct in letting Sheamus loose.

In a segment where David Otunga interrogated him, Sheamus did the best he could with the childish jokes in the script.

At the very least, he's having fun in this scene, something that is infectious enough to make it worth watching. He displays an unruly, exuberant energy that it's hard not to smile at.

He comes off as a new Finlay with a touch of Eddie Guerrero's mischievousness.

Whether he's stealing Alberto Del Rio's car for a joyride or ribbing Daniel Bryan, Sheamus is the lovable hoodlum of the WWE.

It's not just his persona that has improved, though, but his matches as well. They've gotten more deliciously brutal along the way.


Brawling Perfected

Sheamus has gotten better at his craft, at turning the act of two rams crashing into art.

His move set has expanded which has helped him avoid getting stagnant in the ring. His toolbox of power moves have mutated into a more well-rounded repertoire.

Sheamus has added White Noise and the Texas Cloverleaf, among other moves. Giving a demolition expert a few extra sledgehammers only makes his job easier.

Sheamus is now a man WWE can depend on to provide on the best matches of every Raw, SmackDown or pay-per-view.

In 2012, Sheamus gave us top-level performances against Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules, against Big Show at Hell in a Cell and vs. Randy Orton and Wade Barrett on Raw.

In October of last year, Barrett and Sheamus put on the match of the night.

It’s clear Sheamus has learned how to harness the emotion of a match. His drubbing from Barrett feels real, looking the part of a man pushed to his physical limit.

Every blow he delivers on Barrett or anyone else is rife with barbarity. WWE superstars likely don't leave their matches with Sheamus without some significant bruising and a hankering for an ice bath.

Added experience can only add to those talents. WWE's backstage team will certainly be in his ear, in an effort to get him to continue his refinement and advancement.

In the years to come, fans should bank on Sheamus staying near the top of the WWE mountain, clubbing the chests of men in his way red.