Sheamus reveals how a visit to Edge’s home sparked the best run of his 20-year career ahead of Survivor Series


A near-career-ending concussion and willingness to open up led Sheamus to what many consider to be his best performance in the WWE. Sheamus has already made a career in the Hall of Fame. Ironically, it was the 20-year-old version of Sheamus chasing a minor title that attracted WWE fans the most.

Sheamus will headline the WWE Survivor Series on Saturday, teaming with the Brawling Brutes (Butch and Ridge Holland), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens to take on The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, The Usos, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa) in a WarGames match. Seamus’ status at the top of the card partly reflects his renewed passion for art.

“I like what I do. I’m still very passionate about what I do,” Sheamus, who promoted his Celtic Warrior Workouts YouTube channel, told CBS Sports. “I’m probably more passionate than ever.”

Sheamus suffered a horrific concussion at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, which forced him out of the game for almost eight months. A visit to the home of Hall of Famer Edge sparked a desire to create an undeniable legacy. There he faced one obstacle to a career Grand Slam (winning world, tag team, intercontinental and American titles).

“When I got the concussion at Mania Stadium in New York, I thought my career was coming to an end,” Seamus said. “I kept doing Celtic Warrior Workouts and I was at Edge’s house and I saw the titles on the wall. I saw the Intercontinental title and thought, “I can’t give up now. I’m so close to getting the last piece of the puzzle.” It motivated me to come back in the best possible shape.”

Read the full interview with Shamus below.

Sheamus is only the second superstar in WWE history, coincidentally after Edge, to win the King of the Ring Tournament, a Money in the Bank ladder match, and the Royal Rumble. A main roster superstar since 2009, Sheamus won the WWE Championship in his third year by defeating John Cena. Called a product of the corporate machine, Sheamus often had difficulty gaining fans.

“No matter what I did, the crowd turned away from me because they felt like the car was behind me and it just didn’t matter how hard I beat my body,” Seamus said. “I just wasn’t going to win them over.”

There were pockets of fan enthusiasm here and there, but nothing compares to the appreciation the 44-year-old Sheamus felt after his world famous match against Intercontinental Champion GUNTER at Clash at the Castle.

“Every time I step into this ring, it’s a blessing,” Sheamus said. “This is an opportunity to show everyone what I am capable of, because this could literally be my last time in the ring. I don’t want to leave like this. So my mentality is to treat every match… like a WrestleMania moment. I can’t go out and do something halfway. It’s just not in my DNA. -banger and I want to bang everyone.

“The most important thing is the weight that has been lifted from my shoulders. I’m not so worried about everything and paranoid about everything and every little thing. I just go there completely relaxed and completely carefree.”

Sheamus had a hard time pinpointing exactly why fans’ attitudes toward him had changed so much. His friend pointed out a simple and very personal truth.

“I’m finally letting the crowd in,” Seamus said. “I don’t pretend anymore. I’m not trying to be what I’m not. I’m just me and I wear my heart on my sleeve.

“I am more aware of it now and I like to involve them. I like to involve them in those moments. Involve them and just feed on their energy. compelled.”

Sheamus and nine other contestants will battle it out in a physically demanding WarGames match. His pleasure in giving and taking punishment should be enhanced by the energy of the Irish believers at the TD Arena in Boston.

“I like it,” Seamus said. “I’m just having fun like never before.”