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.

What Happened To Sheamus?

The Celtic Warrior

Sheamus, who has not appeared for WWE since losing the United States Championship to Rusev in a live post-Raw bout on the WWE Network on Nov. 4, is scheduled to return either at tomorrow night's SmackDown taping in Austin, Texas, or this Sunday at the Royal Rumble.

"The Celtic Warrior" is currently scheduled for the Royal Rumble Match, according to PWInsider.com, but may appear at tomorrow night's taping.

The day after Sheamus lost the belt, WWE announced that he would be sidelined after suffering left cervical neurapraxia (stinger in arm), bone spurring, narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) and narrowing of the nerve canals (neuroforaminal) along with nerve compression in his neck. Because of these injuries, Sheamus was pulled from Team Cena in the Traditional Elimination Tag Team match on Nov. 23 at “Survivor Series.” He was replaced by Erick Rowan.

The angle on Raw with Mark Henry putting Sheamus through the announce table was used as a means to write him off television. Although many perceived this injury to be part of a storyline, he was in fact hurt.

On Nov. 20, Sheamus indicated that he had undergone some sort of surgery and Tweeted out a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed getting prepped for an undisclosed operation. While he did undergo surgery, it was only on jaw. He has been rehabilitating since that time.

The former WWE Champion is rumored to become a heel, much like he was supposed to at the beginning of 2014 before WrestleMania plans got screwy (thanks to CM Punk’s walk-out and fan push of Daniel Bryan). Sheamus was set to come back as a bad guy when he returned from injury at the “Royal Rumble” in 2014, and was set to begin a program with Daniel Bryan. They were originally slated to face each other at WrestleMania 30 before creative plans were completely changed.

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