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WWE: Could Sheamus join The Authority at the Elimination Chamber?
By Tom Clark|
February 17, 2014
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WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is coming up on Sunday, February 23. The main event is the Chamber match itself, which will see WWE World champion Randy Orton defending his title against Christian, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, John Cena and Sheamus.
And while many fans likely already have their favorite of who should go over in this one, I believe that we could potentially be looking at a major swerve at the end. I believe that we could see Sheamus join The Authority and prevent Daniel from becoming champion.
There's nothing like a good old fashioned conspiracy theory and there are definitely many floating around out there in regards to who will win the Chamber match. But this particular theory is one that perhaps has a little more possibility of coming true.
There are two major reasons for this. The first one is due to the fact that since Sheamus returned from injury recently, he has had a serious lack of direction.
Basically, The Celtic Warrior just came back and has been standing around the entire time. This is not to say that he has not looked good in the ring however. The fact is that Sheamus has not missed a step in terms of his pacing, his intensity and his overall ability to put on a good, entertaining match.
But there has been no real heat against any other Superstar, no real rivalry for fans to sink their teeth into that would keep Sheamus high on the main event radar. He just seems to be treading water until the Elimination Chamber event.
The truth is that a heel turn for Sheamus could be just what he needs to get back to form in WWE. Seeing him join The Authority would put him on the top five most hated list for fans. Seeing him screw Daniel Bryan over for the championship when he joins The Authority would make him number one on that list.
And the scenario that could potentially happen is fairly simple. The match gets down to three men remaining; Randy Orton, Bryan and Sheamus. Sheamus could be eliminated by Daniel but instead of leaving the ring, he could stick around, possibly selling an injury that referees and trainers are tending to as they attempt to pull him out of the Chamber.
Meanwhile, Bryan is doing what he does best; he's hitting a major flurry of offense, running at 100 miles per hour, rocking Orton back on his heels. Daniel nails Randy with the knee and goes for the cover but there is no referee.
The crowd chants 1-2-3, but there is no one there to physically make the count. Bryan gets up to grab an official but when he turns around, he is met with a monstrous Brogue kick. Sheamus pulls Orton on top of Daniel for the win and the match is over. Sheamus then helps Randy back to his feet and raises his arm in victory while The Authority is shown on the ramp applauding the move.
But why? Why would The Celtic Warrior choose to join the enemy and betray the fans? The reason for that could be credited to his relationship with The Game outside the ring.
Sheamus and Hunter have reportedly been tight for a long time and even work out together. While this has not been talked about on WWE programming, it could be brought to light for a Sheamus heel turn. This would establish a friendship between them and would provide more than enough opportunity for The Cerebral Assassin to get into the head of The Great White.
It would all come down to the old corporate tactics that The Authority has employed since its formation in 2013. You do for me, I do for you. This is the deal that Sheamus could be offered and it would definitely give him more than enough reason to stab Daniel in the back during the Chamber match.
And let's face it; this could potentially give Sheamus his most explosive storyline in years. He could quickly become one of the top heels in the company due to his new role as enforcer for The Authority.
The second reason that this conspiracy theory could materialize is because WWE loves to keep Daniel Bryan behind the eight-ball.
Some fans may look at this as being completely negative but I submit that Daniel would perhaps not have caught fire the way he did in 2013 had it not been for the angle that saw him fighting the odds against The Authority. Seeing him laid out week after week may have become somewhat repetitive but the fact is that every time he came back for more, his pop was that much louder.
The guy was getting over despite not truly having the WWE title for any real amount of time. The same fans that heavily criticized the company's decision to keep the strap off of him are the same fans that kept chanting "yes" and supporting him every time he stepped through the ropes.
His lack of championship success did not sway his fans. And now will be no different.
Of course all that would change at WrestleMania 30, when Bryan is somehow worked into the main event match for the WWE World Championship. Watching him overcome Randy Orton, Batista, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kane, Brad Maddox, The Shield and Sheamus to finally realize his dream?
Imagine the crowd response for that moment.
In the meantime, a heel turn would do nothing but help Sheamus's career and give him a new direction in the company. Aligning himself with The Authority would be huge for him and would put him in a whole new light among WWE fans.
Yes it's a conspiracy theory. But it's one that I believe requires a second look.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist and Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for Whatculture.com and a Contributor for the Camel Clutch Blog