On the May 2 episode of Raw all three members of the former stable competed in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender to the United States Championship. Rusev won the match, and eliminated both Sheamus and Del Rio. On the May 23 episode of Raw, Sami Zayn defeated Sheamus to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank. At Money in the Bank, after feuding with Apollo Crews in the weeks leading to the event, Sheamus lost to Crews.
On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Sheamus was drafted to Raw. On the July 25 episode of Raw Sheamus was part of a fatal four-way match to determine the number one contender for the newly unveiled WWE Universal Championship, the match was later won by Roman Reigns. Sheamus would then begin a rivalry with Cesaro, after losing to Cesaro on the August 1 episode of Raw the two would continue to brawl after the match with match officials having to pull them apart. On the August 8 episode of Raw, after losing to Cesaro in a rematch, he would later cost Cesaro the United States Championship after interfering in his main event impromptu match against Rusev. The following week, Raw General Manager Mick Foley booked Sheamus and Cesaro in a Best of Seven Series, with the first match taking place at SummerSlam, which Sheamus won. Sheamus would defeat Cesaro in the second and third matches, but lost to Cesaro in the fourth, fifth and sixth matches. At Clash of Champions, neither man won as the match was declared a no contest, leaving their series tied at 3-3. The next night on Raw, Mick Foley decided to make the two partners to receive a future WWE Raw Tag Team Championship opportunity. Later that night, they defeated a few local athletes, but still did not seem to be seeing eye to eye.
On the November 7 episode of Raw, Cesaro and Sheamus were announced as part of Team Raw for the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match at Survivor Series on November 20, 2016 which Team Raw won with Cesaro and Sheamus being the sole survivors of their team. The next night on Raw, Sheamus and Cesaro again failed to capture the tag titles from New Day. During this time Sheamus began to slowly transition into a fan favourite again. After hinting at a break-up, the pair got into a bar brawl with men who offended them, thus solidifying a face turn for Sheamus.