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Sheamus and Cena: Where and When?


It’s never too soon to look toward the future and speculate how storylines might unfold in the WWE, and now is just one of those times.

Right now, there are clearly two main programs within the company-the Corporate Reign of Terror (or, HHH and Steph on a Power Trip), and the CM Punk/Paul Heyman feud. To a somewhat lesser extent is the Wyatts versus Kane, though with Kane off of TV while filming, that’s sort of simmering on the back burner-though, WWE is doing a decent enough job of making mentions of it on a weekly basis.

Two notable superstars are missing out on the fun. Sheamus went down prior to SummerSlam, and Cena gutted it out through SummerSlam and bowed out on the following RAW. Even with Daniel Bryan’s popularity soaring in WWE over the past few months, it’s not hard to believe that at least one of those two would have been involved in the Corporate angle, either in addition to or instead of Daniel Bryan. Not that I like seeing stars get time off for injuries, but I do believe that things have worked out so much better by making use of a relatively untapped resource that is Daniel Bryan.

So, with the WWE being pretty open about each superstar’s anticipated four to six month recovery timeframe, where does that put them, in terms of a return? If they both were aggressive and had no setbacks, roughly estimating from a mid-August date, the soonest you’d expect a return would be mid-December. The latest, again using the worst case projection, would be mid-February. The logical WWE target? The 2014 Royal Rumble match itself, which would have both men back in about 5 months time. Not impossible, not overly aggressive.

So, assuming they both can come back at the Rumble, should they? It’s become a pretty regular happening, having an injured superstar return as an entrant in the Rumble match. Cena himself is no stranger to that. Given that the company is somewhat thin at the top of the face ranks, behind Bryan and Punk, its not a crazy thought to have them both back at the same time…but what would you have them do, in terms of a program?

One angle that has been debated amongst fans is the likelihood that Cena ends up coming back from injury and is the one to conquer the Corporate cronies. Because of how obvious it is to even the most casual fans, I truly hope this is not the direction being planned for-though, because he was involved somewhat in the corporate emergence right as he went on the shelf, there is also some logic there. However, I’d much rather see John getting involved in something new-perhaps interjecting himself into the Wyatt business, or maybe some new heel that isn’t on the roster at present. There has to be something new and fresh for him, so here’s hoping that WWE writers are thinking somewhat outside of the box.

As for Sheamus, when he returns he really could go in any direction. Do they still bring him back as a face even? I don’t think they have the face depth at this point to consider turning him, but anything is possible. Assuming they do bring him back in a face role still, would they immediately try to get him into a championship chase? It’s not a bad idea, depending on who has which belts at the time of the Rumble.

Of the two, neither really “needs” a championship belt to be over, or more over. But if it were me booking the returns, I would have Cena eliminating someone, perhaps Bray, or someone else, perhaps a Cesaro or Fandango-someone who is capable of more than mid-card status, and have them, in a fit of rage, help someone eliminate Cena. Even a program with Ziggler could be refreshing and valuable to both superstars. If either of them were destined to win the Rumble and get a title shot at ‘Mania, I would opt for Sheamus, especially if Alberto is still WHC at that point.

Of course it is still very early and this is all just speculation to spark the conversations. How and when would you bring these superstars back to regular programming?

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  • Royal Rumble.

  • will

    Royal rumble, cena eliminates sheamus, cena doesn’t win though. Sheamus snaps at cena for taking his thunder and eliminating him. Set up for a program with heel sheamus and face cena (unfortunately wwe won’t make cena heel EVER) with the possibility to drag it out to ‘mania. Yes we’ve seen it before but sheamus has come a far way since the last feud they had and I reckon they can have an entertaining rivalry. But hey, there are a lot of ways to go about their returns and a whole roster to pick opponents from..and a lot of time until then

  • sonik

    Sheamus will return at RR match, but Cena… I don’t think so, it’s just too predictable. I think he’ll return on Raw after RR, like Taker year ago, to start a program leading to WM.

  • Devon

    Cena after the rumble. He talks about how since he isn’t in the WWE title match & main event that he wonders what he should do at mania. Bong!!! Taker comes out and they make the mania match. Or Taker returns & Cena returns right after & challenges Cena

    • Juanita N Jerome Cregg

      No taker fights Brock at W.M. hopefully.

  • Reverend Scurvy

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Sheamus should be used to elevate Barrett. Two big brawlers with the classic Irish vs English feud. Throw in longtime rivals Finlay and Regal as their managers/trainers. Brutal and fun.
    As for Cena, just keep him away from title chase and don’t make me listen to him ramble on about nothing for 15-20 minutes of every Raw and I’ll be happy.

  • B-Ped

    I’d like to see Sheamus come back as a heel, but as part of the Corporation. Seeing how he’s one of Triple H’s favorites, it could be a good blurring of the lines between story/reality.

  • Cassidy G Muldowney

    The Shield has a 3-on-1 or 2 going in the Rumble Match against Punk and Bryan. Cena/Sheamus returns and helps Punk and Bryan take out the Shield. Cena or Sheamus win the rumble and then the winner is attacked either post-match; and on Raw, but are saved by Punk and Bryan setting up a 6-man tag at Elimination Chamber. Could possibly change the match at EC to a chamber match (Reins, Ambrose, Rollins, Punk, Bryan and Cena/Sheamus whoever doesn’t win the Rumble) with the winner getting a title shot.

  • Damian Starr

    Would it be possible for them to make Cena into then new taker… by that I mean that he does mainly programs outside of any title and still draws, it’s proven that he has the drawing power in this sense with his first match against the rock at WM

  • SdotC

    3 things here. One, what was the point of this? If this is just supposed to be a piece to start conversation, why is it in the exclusive articles section? You could either create a new section, differing from the current “opinion” section, or just write “Opinions” or something else notifying that this is a topic meant for discussion at the beginning of the title. Two, work on your grammar. In the comments section, I cud rite like dis nd not GAF if some1 sez somethin bout my riting, but if you’re publishing a professional article, make it as professional as possible. And three, why would you want to see A) Ziggler in a position to job to Cena, which he would, or B) ANOTHER Sheamus/Del Rio feud, especially culminating at Mania? Is that REALLY what you’d want both to be doing, especially a fresh, returning Sheamus? So he wins another Rumble just two years removed from his last win, and goes on to win the WHC in what would surely be the opening match, against a guy he spent almost his entire previous WHC run feuding with on B-PPVs?

    • JMD

      so, it says it’s a conversation piece….and you complain. then you complain about nonexistent grammar issues, as though it was written a la text message? chill man

      • SdotC

        Grammar in long-form writing is about more than using full words, spelling “their” correctly, etc. These were supposed to be articles written by professionals with experience, yet if I were to go through my old school work, I could post essays from 7th grade which had a far better presentation than what we get here. The mods promised us there would be no Bleacher Report stuff when they changed the site, yet they give us the same type of articles, with the same feeling of either laziness or incompetence. A good article should feel like it couldn’t have been written by most of the readers. It’s not the grammar itself, hell, I cud type like dis nd not feel even the most remote sense of intellectual sloth… it’s the context that bothers me. I just typed a big rant which covers most of my feelings for this part of Wrestlenewz, so you could just read that if you wanted further elaboration, but in closing, I’ll just say that while it certainly does frustrate me, the fact that I am critical and typical write long posts (which is just the nature of how I write), you shouldn’t mistake that for any impression that things like this get under my skin. When I hit that “post” button and close this tab, I won’t continue thinking about any of this, so take my word when I tell you that I am chill, man.

    • TheHotDogKing

      why nitpick where the guys who run the site put articles? if you can run it better….go start one. i doubt its up to the guy who wrote the piece where it for notifying you it was an opinion piece to illicit responses…the guy did that.

      what grammar issues? seriously, compared to a lot of other posts on wrestling sites, this one is fine. the author wasn’t writing like some kid in middle school trying to text really fast…maybe you have a beef with other pieces, but really man, point out what you think the errors are, because how you mocked the guy…nothing is in there remotely resembling it. you just sound unhappy.

      • SdotC

        Idk what’s up with the psyche evaluation, but I am certainly unhappy with this site, if that’s what you meant. Were you around before this site sold out? When they’d post PPV matches the night of, when people didn’t get banned for comments, and where there were no Bleacher Report articles? It was awesome. Even the site design, though less professional, was more efficient. Back then the “exclusive articles” section was called “exclusive news”, and I’d like to think I had a hand in that change. As for grammar issues, look the bottom line is almost if not all of these articles are astoundingly poorly written, and when they first started, it was under the pretense that these are professional writers who had college experience and had been writing for wrestling professionally. And that’s not what we get. We get a B-grade Bleacher Report. And by the way, the reason that there are so many of these “exclusive articles” is not that they want to entertain us and provide great, original content, a task which they’d be failing if that was the intent, but the actual motivation is the fact that the writers are required to produce X amount of articles per week, month, etc, because of a business deal made by the site’s founders, which began the influx of negative change in the first place. And we get sold short with pointless articles that anyone with a high school diploma could write. Many people have told me that some of my longer rants (much longer than this) are actually better, more thought out and more interesting than the articles written here. And I’m just some guy leaving comments on their website. Articles like the one they did about Dolph being in the dog house– it was nothing more than one of the writers covering a topic they already covered several times in the WWE News section, and trying to squeeze a bland, full-page article out of it, likely to meet a required quota, and because they knew as Dolph fans, we’d read it. And the few times a mod has actually replied to me, it was always to assure me that they weren’t doing what it seemed like they were, and despite their poor, pseudo-earnest denial, I was right every time.

        And as for your proposal, as a matter of fact, I will have my own website soon. It’s a matter of funds and bringing together the right people (some of which are here or were here before they got banned by the sell-out mods), then the site will be up. Funds are an issue, though, because I refuse to have ads affecting my viewer’s experience and I refuse to settle for a low-grade domain, which means I’ll be funding the website directly out of my pocket, and I have to find the best way to do that while ensuring quality for the readers and not sacrificing integrity, while also keeping from going broke on a project that doesn’t really benefit me personally. I’m sure I’ll be copy-and-pasting scoops like all the rest do, but I certainly wouldn’t pawn it off as my own, as this site does. Realistically, I’m going to launch a YouTube channel first, the success of which will dictate the probability of a site following suit. If people enjoy my videos and feel like I offer something different than the typical podcast-types or Raw reviewers (or worse, the Youtube “shooters”… if you’re not in the business, you’re not shooting, you’re just talking lol), then the website will likely become a reality. And I hope you’ll give my product a chance when it’s available, as I hope for everyone here. But this isn’t a sales pitch. If I wasn’t confident in my ability to provide a unique and enjoyable wrestling channel on YT, I wouldn’t do it. This is simply a venting of my growing frustration with a site that I once enjoyed so much, and who swore to it’s faithful that they wouldn’t do any of the things they did in fact start doing. And if I was asked to write an article for them and see how it does, I’d do it, because I’d like to contribute to what I feel would be improving a website that sorely needs improvement in several areas.

        I understand that was a lot to read, but I hope you got through it and can better understand my perspective. At the end of the day, it is just my opinion, but I know for a fact that these notions are seconded by several others.

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