Last September, Sheamus faced Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship at Clash at the Castle premium live event. WWE built the storyline perfectly as both men were presented as final bosses. However, The Ring General was able to retain the title. The bout was praised by many fans and wrestling personalities. Since then, WWE Creative didn’t book Sheamus as strongly as before.
In an interview with Daily Star, Sheamus expressed his frustration with the creative team. The former WWE Champion stated that they had no follow-up plans after Clast at the Castle PLE. He also stated that his momentum was wasted.
“I’m not upset about that at all [losing at Clash at the Castle]. I felt it was great, it was just the type of character Sheamus is, all fits and elbows. What I was upset about and what really bothered me was the creative after that. I came out of that with so much organic momentum, and it was just wasted. It didn’t go anywhere. It was a dead end, just like with WrestleMania. Drew (McIntyre) went away because he was injured, but I was ready to go and then just nothing. There were no avenues and nowhere to go and that’s frustrating. I did the WarGames thing but that was s*** – that’s how I felt, though others might have felt differently.”
Last month, WWE held Money in the Bank PLE at the O2 Arena in London, England. Brawling Brutes’ Butch competed in the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Ridge Holland competed against Austin Theory on the go-home edition of SmackDown.
Sheamus stated in the interview that he was happy to see both Butch and Holland compete during MITB weekend. However, Sheamus said that he was frustrated after WWE didn’t add him to the MITB card.
“I was just bitter I wasn’t [wrestling on the show]. They know when they put me on Smackdown every week they’re going to get two or three killer segments, but when it comes to the pay-per-views and you have the part-timers coming into the limelight, that stings a little bit.”
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