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Sheamus: WWE's Indispensable Man

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It all came together for Roman Reigns this week.

The match of his career at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, winning the WWE Championship, and taking his place at the apex of the Wrestler Wrankings.

There'll be plenty of time to extol the virtues of our new Champion in the months and years to come, so for now, let's examine the man who just lost the title, Sheamus.

The pride of Cabra enjoyed his career-defining win years ago when he put John Cena through a table to win the WWE Championship. Then he spent the last half decade trying to recapture that pinnacle of glory.

It's not as though he's been asleep at the wheel.

He's won the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring, enjoyed lengthy runs with the United States and World Heavyweight Championships, and of course won the 2012-13 Wrestler Wrankings Season Championship. But it wasn't until he secured the Money in the Bank briefcase that his path to regaining the top prize in his sport was laid.

He bided his time and made the most of his opportunity, embarrassing arch-rival Roman Reigns and taking his title. It was a masterstroke in spotlight stealing.

Sheamus continues to add muscle to his rugged frame and also appears to be leaner and meaner than in years past. Simply put, Sheamus is in his prime. Having proven his worth and loyalty to The Authority, he's a likely candidate to be the first line of defense against a lengthy Roman reign.

With all that being said, I want to specifically reference the title match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs. It was absolutely outstanding. An all out war between two rough and ready competitors, Sheamus and Roman Reigns brought out the best in each other. The match took even me, a studied historian in the sport of wrestling, to another place. I loved every minute of it.

Even in defeat, Sheamus has reached the pinnacle of professional wrestling, once again.

He's not sneaky, he's not subtle, and he's certainly not nice. But he is rough and tough and will gladly kick your ass straight down the middle of the fairway if he thinks it will benefit him. Look out for Sheamus to prove again that he is WWE's most indispensable and indefatigable man.

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wrankings

OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA

ANY WIN = 2 POINTS

US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS

NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X

SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS

WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS

The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 31 and culminates with WrestleMania 32. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!

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Table Ladders and Chairs-- 12/13/15 -- (1.5x bonus included)

  • Sheamus - 7.5 points (WWEWH title bout, win)
  • Roman Reigns - 4.5 points (WWEWH title bout, no win)
  • Dean Ambrose - 4.5 points (IC title bout, win)
  • Kevin Owens - 1.5 points (IC title bout, no win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 4.5 points (US title bout, win)
  • Jack Swagger - 1.5 points (US title bout, no win)
  • Rusev - 3 points (win)
  • Monday Night Raw-- 12/14/15

  • Roman Reigns - 5 points (WWEWH title bout, win)
  • Sheamus - 3 points (WWEWH title bout, no win)
  • Neville - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 12/15/15

  • Rusev - 2 points (win)
  • Jack Swagger - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 12/17/15

  • Dolph Ziggler - 2 points (win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 2 points (win)
  • Titus O'neil - 2 points (win)
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    WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 38 *TOP TEN*

    1. Roman Reigns -- 93 points

    2. Seth Rollins -- 92

    3. Ryback -- 78

    4. John Cena -- 71.5

    T5. Neville -- 65

    T5. Sheamus -- 65

    7. Kevin Owens -- 64

    8. Dean Ambrose -- 61

    9. Dolph Ziggler -- 43.5

    10. Randy Orton -- 39

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