According to reports, the decision to have Sheamus cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Survivor Series was not made until hours before the show began. Allegedly, WWE made the decision because they were (quite correctly, it turns out) worried that Roman Reigns would be booed by the live audience when he won the title, and the feeling was that if Sheamus won the title, fans might support Reigns over him. At this point, Sheamus’ reign is expected to last until at least the Royal Rumble in January.
If true, this does beg the question: if WWE is still worried about the fans hating Roman Reigns in a situation where he is probably the best choice to be WWE World Champion (given the injuries and absences of other top stars), to the point that they still wouldn’t make him champion, when will they ever get a better opportunity? Wouldn’t a better solution have just been to listen to the audience reactions and turn Roman Reigns heel instead of attempting to foist Sheamus off on us as a legitimate option?