WWE Superstar “Sheamus”

SHEA_06102013jg_0002b Hailing from Ireland and known to WWE fans worldwide as “The Great White”, WWE Superstar Sheamus greeted fans on Wednesday, January 29th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Sheamus’ journey to the WWE began many years ago. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Sheamus grew up in the inner-city and often found himself defending his smaller friends from bullies. He excelled at Gaelic football, soccer and rugby and took to weightlifting with his father, who would bring him to amateur bodybuilding competitions. He became interested in sports entertainment at an early age, watching future WWE Superstar William Regal perform on the popular World of Sport television program and also watching the imported WWE programming.

Sheamus began competing in sports entertainment in 2005, facing the best that Ireland and the UK had to offer while also traveling to Italy and Portugal to gain a broader experience. At times he would perform two days in a row, then sleep in the airport while waiting for his flight home so he could get back to work in the IT department of a major firm in Ireland.

Sheamus set a goal to bring a true taste of Irish heritage to WWE. Rather than the stereotypical images of leprechauns, Irish history and folklore is full of tales of fierce warriors who were feared by their opponents. Sheamus sees himself as a modern incarnation of these powerful fighters. In fact, his spiked red mane is reminiscent of the Celtic warriors of old, who were believed to have used tree sap to give their hair a frightening appearance.

One of the biggest characteristics that sets Sheamus apart from other WWE Superstars is his self described “Irish Tan.”  While most WWE Superstars are tan, Sheamus has embraced his pale Irish skin as his calling card.  He is constantly wearing long sleeve shirts during the day to protect himself from the harmful rays of the sun.  It took Mattel some extra time to make a Sheamus action figure, because they had to make a special shade of white in order to make his action figure authentic.

All of Sheamus’ hard work has led to success in WWE.  Sheamus is a two time WWE Champion and the first ever Irish born WWE Champion as well as a World Heavyweight Champion.

Sheamus continues to give back to the community through various outlets within the WWE such as the Be a STAR Alliance – speaking to youngsters about the importance of reading, staying in school and avoiding the dangers of bullying.

He is one of the hardest working WWE Superstars making television and radio appearances all across the world to promote WWE live events.  The Celtic Warrior has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  He has also graced the cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine.

You can catch Sheamus every week on Syfy’s Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7c.