Over the course of his relatively young career, Sheamus has created a legacy that would make most veterans envious. Since debuting in 2009, the Celtic Warrior has already staked claim to the WWE Championship, United States Championship and King of the Ring crown. And he’s not done yet.
After a few months of annihilating ECW’s locker room, Sheamus moved to Raw, where he truly began to shine. In September, he won a Battle Royal to earn an opportunity at John Cena’s WWE Championship at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Competing in a Tables Match, the Great White sent Cena sailing through an unforgiving table to claim his first WWE title.
As the first-ever Irish born WWE Champion, Sheamus proudly defended the gold before losing it to Cena at Elimination Chamber. But it wouldn’t be long before the fiery-haired Superstar would stake claim to the gold once again. In June 2010, he turned back Cena, Edge and Randy Orton to become a two-time titlist.
Sheamus continued to cement his place in history when he defeated John Morrison in the finals of a 16-Superstar tournament to become King of the Ring. The win placed him in an elite fraternity with other past Kings, including Bret Hart, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Triple H.
In March 2011, Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to capture the United States Championship. During his reign, he was drafted from Raw to SmackDown, where he evolved into one of WWE’s most popular Superstars.
Having finally cemented himself as a fan favorite, Sheamus carried the momentum from the previous year into the 2012 Royal Rumble, where he defeated 29 other competitors to add yet another milestone to his ever-expanding career resume.