If the year 2012 has shown us anything in the wrestling world, it has shown us that it was the year for the young to rise. The best example of this was the leadership roles that the young talent took at the 2012 Survivor Series. The entire card was an example of how much the talent has elevated since the beginning of this year. This new development of the young talent initiative within the WWE all started at the 2012 Royal Rumble.
In the under card main events, both top champions on both the Raw and Smackdown Brand, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, successfully defended their championships in their title matches. However, it would be Sheamus winning the Royal Rumble to highlight this new direction for the company.
Yes, Sheamus is a former two-time WWE Champion and former World Champion, his resume is already impeccable. But both of his WWE Championship runs were story line pegs to keep John Cena busy. His dominance wasn’t really felt until the year 2012 when he won the World title at Wrestlemania. And keeping up with tradition, to get to Wrestlemania, his victory of the Royal Rumble match needed to be his reality. So the Royal Rumble was indeed the turning point of Sheamus’s career as well as other younger superstars. Reason being, the crowd responded very positively to the WWE taking a more serious approach with his push. This influenced the WWE to put more effort into story lines with the other newer guys.
Illustrating the fans’ positive reception to the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus’s World Title run in 2012 has been one of the most impressive World Title reigns in the last five years. Instead of seeing the WWE playing hot potato with the championship like they have done many times in the past, Sheamus had a more dignified and distinguished run with it until dropping it to The Big Show at Hell In A Cell in October. The 2012 Royal Rumble was more than just a solid victory for Sheamus, but an illuminated pathway of opportunity for tomorrow’s superstars.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports