Amusing Note On Sheamus’ United States Championship Reign Revealed
A Reddit user pointed out a rather fascinating note on Sheamus’ United States Championship reign.
The veteran WWE superstar has held the title for 74 days (and counting), having defeated Riddle for it on night two of WrestleMania 37 back on Apr. 11. And let’s just say that Sheamus has had an easy time holding onto the championship belt.
That’s because he hasn’t once defended the title since defeating Riddle, as pointed out by Reddit user LSines2015. Of course, the Celtic Warrior is sidelined as he continues to recover from a broken nose that he suffered during a match with Humberto Carrillo on the May 30 episode of Monday Night Raw.
Even before Sheamus suffered the injury, WWE could have had him defend it on either the Apr. 12, 19 and 26 or the May 3, 10, 17 and 24 editions of Raw. Sheamus competed at the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view on May 18, defeating Ricochet via pinfall in a non-title match.
It’s extremely rare to for any WWE title to go that long without being defended even once. Sheamus has wrestled seven non-title matches since WrestleMania 37, losing each of the last three— to Carrillo on the May 24 episode of Raw and to both Carrillo and Ricochet one week later.
Needless to say, Sheamus will probably defend the title soon after he returns. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view (July 18), isn’t far off, after all.
Sheamus’ First Two United States Championship Reigns
This is Sheamus’ third run with the United States Championship. He first won it on the March 11, 2011 episode of Raw (defeating Daniel Bryan), and he held the title for 47 days. The second reign started on the May 5, 2014 episode of Raw, when Sheamus won a 20-man Battle Royal to dethrone Dean Ambrose as the champion. Sheamus had the title for 182 days before losing it to Rusev after the airing of the Nov. 3, 2014 episode of Raw.