I spoke to a source within WWE this morning who relayed to me a very interesting story concerning a recent backstage encounter between Shawn Michaels and former WWE Champion Sheamus. According to the source, Michaels approached Sheamus and said, "in case you haven't heard, I'm not going to be around much after WrestleMania, and it's time for the guys like you to step up and main event with all the current top guys, and then bring up the next tier and make them top guys. Your time is NOW!" Words to that effect. We have been reporting for several weeks now that Shawn Michaels plans to take time off after WrestleMania, but this time around it might be different since there is no time table for his return. This doesn't mean that he will lose to The Undertaker at the PPV, but that his time off could be significantly longer this time around that it was last year after WrestleMania 25. I was even told that HBK could be held off until next year's 'Mania when he can do the big sendoff much like WWE did for Ric Flair.I was also told that Sheamus is being told by guys like HBK to step up in every conceivable way, and that he needs to to be a leader to the young guys, but at the same time he needs to be very careful not to step on Randy Orton's toes. That's as big of a part of this story as anything, because a lot of the locker room really likes Randy because he has stood up when the time's right, and also because they all feel he's truly the best in the ring right now, even though his temper tantrums in and out of the ring have some people pointing fingers.
Think I'll have a wank over these tomorrow.
First of all, why would Brock being the "leader" a year into his career be any more warranted than Sheamus being the "leader"?
Secondly, where did you hear that he's going to job to all the top faces?
Thirdly, it's totally unfair to make any assumptions of what people think of him backstage or what he's like in the locker room.
I find it hilarious that people bitch that WWE never pushes anyone, and the moment they finally decide to give someone a monster push, it's not the right guy, or they don't deserve it, or something else along those lines.
Why isn't Cena going to lead the younger generation? He has at least 10 more years left in him to compete in the ring.... Or do some people within the company think he will jump over and just be an actor like The Rock? I mean, Sheamus leading a younger generation just irks me. I think there are quite a few other guys out there who could step up other than Sheamus.
Quote from: Hollywood PraxFirst of all, why would Brock being the "leader" a year into his career be any more warranted than Sheamus being the "leader"?Maybe "leader" was the wrong choice of words when referring to Lesnar, but from the night he debuted he was treated as "The Next Big Thing" (pun intended)...How often do you see someone debut and main event WrestleMania (although 364 days apart) in the same year and not have a major backlash from the fans? In terms of what we see on tv, there has been a wide spectrum of reactions to Sheamus ranging from boredom to an intriguing new wrestler with lots of potential. It's just my opinion that if they are looking to a guy who has not worked within the WWE political system for a considerable amount of time then there's going to be a lot of critics behind the scenes resenting him.
Quote from: Hollywood PraxSecondly, where did you hear that he's going to job to all the top faces?In just the last decade alone I can point you to Umaga, Vladimir Kozlov, Carlito, Khali, Chris Masters, Mike Knox, Big Daddy V, and I'm sure I'm missing a lot more...A major heel with a somewhat flawed gimmick that may not connect with the North American core eventually fizzles out. These guys all came on majorly strong only to find themselves putting over the established workers and some never finding their way out of that hole. Any of these guys could have been handed the WWE Championship after the way they were booked after their debut and probably would still have the same result they are currently in.
Quote from: Hollywood PraxThirdly, it's totally unfair to make any assumptions of what people think of him backstage or what he's like in the locker room.I think whoever leaked this tip, whether its legit or not, questions Sheamus' leadership skills as well. He may be the first to show up in the morning and the last to leave at night, but what business doesn't have a period where you have to pay your dues? As stupid as it sounds, people resent those that have everything handed to them quickly even if they deserve it. This is the same reason that everyone questioned Cena's ability at first but hes shown relentless commitment to the company and even though he's booed half the time, he still piles in the merchandise $$$.
Quote from: Hollywood PraxI find it hilarious that people bitch that WWE never pushes anyone, and the moment they finally decide to give someone a monster push, it's not the right guy, or they don't deserve it, or something else along those lines.I think I've answered this in another thread, and I think this has less to do with Sheamus than it does with WWE management. I think a bunch of people felt there have been a lot of missed opportunities in the past with wrestlers that have flamed out or never reached their true potential due to questionable booking. Wrestling fans were blindsided by this random elevation of a hulking, pale Irish guy and think there has to be an ulterior motive to his ascension. His connection to HHH and HBK behind the scenes just raises those conspiracy theorist feelings within the IWC that think these two are just power hungry egomaniacs. In my case, I could care less who his acquaintances are, I just don't see that spark where his gimmick equals $$$ and entertainment over the long term.
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