It's not like Wade was losing cleanly to Sheamus anyway. The matches were quite even. As someone already said, Wade looked better holding his own against Sheamus than he was ever going to look beating up lower card guys.
The thing is, while Barrett losing to Sheamus isn't a problem, he couldn't beat Sheamus at all in the three matches he had with him. What they did on Raw with how Punk beat Sheamus should've been how Barrett beat Sheamus on SD. Barrett has a win over Sheamus and looks strong for their feud.
But instead, they have Sheamus beat Barrett, and Barrett now after three failed attempts to beat Sheamus shows he can't get the job done. It hurts the legitimacy of his character, even if it was against Sheamus the loss took place.
He's better off jobbing to the WHC than he is squashing jobbers.
No shame in losing to Sheamus anyway, he's pretty much invincible right now.
Agreed. WWE typically book wrestlers like this, it's nothing new. Daniel Bryan was booked pretty badly all year last year, and went on to become world champion. He's better off working with one of the top stars in the company then beating a bunch of jobbers, which doesn't do much for him.
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I can't think of anyone else whose next in line for a title shot after the Big Show, who shouldn't of even been there anyway. Three close matches, 2 dqs 1 with sheamus on top 1 with Barrett on top and a semi clean finish to the third. Del Rio is only just getting started with Orton, so who else can it be?