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

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A near-retirement concussion and willingness to open up has led Sheamus to what many consider to be his best WWE run. Sheamus has already carved out a Hall of Fame career. Oddly, it’s the version of Sheamus with 20 years of experience, a high school title chaser, that has connected with WWE fans the most.

Sheamus headlines Saturday’s WWE Survivor Series, teaming with the Brawling Brutes (Butch and Ridge Holland), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens to defeat the Bloodline (Roman Reigns, The Usos, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa ) to take on in the game WarGames. Sheamus’ status at the top of the chart is partly a reflection of his newfound commitment to the arts.

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

Sheamus suffered a terrible concussion at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, which sidelined him for almost eight months. It was a visit to Hall of Famer Edge’s house that sparked an undeniable desire for a legacy. There he was put against the only roadblock to get a career Grand Slam (winning the titles of the world, tag team, interregional and the United States).

“When I got the concussion at Mania in New York, I thought my career was going to be over,” Sheamus said. “I kept doing Celtic Warrior Workouts and I was actually at Edge’s house and I saw the titles on the wall. I saw the interstitial title, and I was like, ‘I can’t give it up now. I’m so close to getting that last piece of the puzzle.’ That motivated me to come back in the best possible shape.”

Check out the full interview with Sheamus below.

Sheamus is only the second superstar in WWE history, coincidentally behind Edge, to win the King of the Ring championship, the Money in the Bank ladder match and the Royal Rumble. A top superstar since 2009, Sheamus won the WWE Championship in his third year by defeating John Cena. Named for his physical stature, Sheamus often had problems winning over fans.

“No matter what I did, the crowd turned against me because they felt the machine was behind me and it didn’t matter how hard I worked my body,” said Sheamus. “No I was just going to win over them.”

There were pockets of enthusiastic fans here and there, but nothing could hold a candle to the admiration Sheamus, now 44, received after his famous match against the inter-division champion GUNTHER at Clash at the Castle.

“Every time I get in that ring, it’s a blessing,” Sheamus said. “It’s a chance to show everyone what I could do because it might be my last time in the ring. I don’t want to go out like that. I don’t want to do it in a way where it’s so sparse. So my mentality is to treat every match… like a WrestleMania moment. I can’t go out there and half-ass anything. It’s just not in my DNA. I want to go out there and I want to put it on banger -banger and I want to wake everybody up.

“The biggest thing is the weight off my shoulders. I’m not so worried about everything and paranoid about everything and every little cute thing.

Sheamus had trouble pinpointing why the mood of the fans has changed so much. His friend pointed out a simple and very personal truth.

“I’m finally letting the crowd in,” Sheamus said. “I’m not pretending anymore. I’m not trying to be something I’m not. I’m just me and I wear my heart on my sleeve.

“I’m more aware of that now and I like to bring them in. I like to bring them in for those times. Taking them in and just feeding off their energy. It’s great for me. I guess before… I was a bit lazy.”

Sheamus and nine other partners duke it out in a physically demanding WarGames match. His pleasure in eating out and absorbing punishment should be amplified by the energy of the Irish faithful at the TD Arena in Boston.

“I love it,” James said. “I’m just having the most fun I’ve ever had.”

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