Sheamus is plenty over. This isn't someone trying to defend a mild Kofi Kingston pop as being over here. It's Sheamus. I mean...they're there.
So what, Sheamus & Cena smile when they enter. They're faces. It's fine. Don't see a problem with a heated personal feud being the catalyst for them to get really serious. They don't have to be dead serious 100% of the time. They're not Benoit focused or Austin anti-hero, but that wouldn't classify them as bad by any means. Especially if Sheamus is the lead in to follow John-boy. It's acceptable. And fitting. Sheamus is reliable & proven his worth.
Don't agree w/any part of Sparta's ideas. Sheamus ending the streak? Ryback beating BROCK clean and BROCK jobbing left and right? No way.
He's not really as over as he should be (no one in WWE is really "over" besides Cena and maybe Ryback nowadays... even Punk as a heel is lacking to a degree). He gets mild pops, like what he got at the PPV but nothing to talk about as far as being "very over".
I suppose we have to level it down to difference of opinion. I think that's the problem that they're not "Austin anti-hero" focused with Sheamus and they're instead going the Cena route with him (and I'm not asking for dead serious 100% of the time, but a good balance between seriousness and comedy, leaning more on the serious side), and I could only tolerate Cena so much, but now to have Sheamus there doesn't make things better, though at least he's not shoved down our throats on Raw in the spot he's in now. I would say Punk was a nice filler between Cena and Sheamus, but Punk as a face wasn't really much different than Cena either. I suppose Sheamus is reliable in the ring and hey, he hasn't been injured yet as far as I remember so he's certainly someone they can put some faith into. I've never been sold on him though and I'm still not.
I think that's what is making me like Ryback more than I should. Just the freshness in him and unlike big guys WWE have tried to build up like Ezekeil Jackson, Ryback has a charismatic intensity about him that makes it work a lot better and makes people care. I think Ryback beating Lesnar at Mania would be a great way to put him over huge, however I don't agree with Lesnar jobbing left and right. Build Lesnar up, keep Ryback looking unstoppable, and have them clash at Mania in a big-time feel monster match where Ryback wins.
The only worry right now with Ryback is would he be able to have great matches? From what I saw in his interactions with Cena, I think the potential is there, but he still needs work. I thought the HIAC with how Punk sold for Ryback was good and a great way to make Ryback look like the beast that he is. But yeah, we'll see where they go with him. I'm sure he's going to be feuding with Rollins/Ambrose/Reigns, but do they use them to keep Ryback going or do they use Ryback to put them over?
The WM card is pretty unpredictable right now. Obviously the top matches are going to feature Rock/Lesnar/Taker/Punk/Cena in some fashion, with the possibility of HHH and Ryback being thrown in there. Not to mention the many possibilities for the WHC. Sheamus/Orton. Ryback/Show. Ziggler/Sheamus/Show. And many others.