"It's a shameful thing, lobster head! A careless man who died of bread! You share with friends like they're some kind of fries! Too many limes! Two men in lines!"
Stephen Farrelly is an Irish body guard who took up the sport of professional wrestling after training with Cliff Compton, Tank Toland and Cindy Rodgers in Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory wrestling school in April 2002, at Bret Hart's suggestion. He received an injury early on but returned two years later, debuting in Irish Whip Wrestling as Galldubh before returning to the name he was better known for, Sheamus O'Shaunessy. His exploits here lead to booking with larger promotions, including one affiliated with the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance in Austria. From there, Sheamus would eventually earn a developmental deal with the largest pro wrestling promotion left in the world, WWE.He is the first Irish Whip Wrestling International Heavyweight Champion, and FCW Florida Champion, a two time US Champion, two time WWE Champion and one time World Heavyweight Champion, as well as 2010 King of the Ring winner, and 2012 Royal Rumble winner.You can find the basics about his career at That Other Wiki, fella. He has appeared in a handful of movies including Two-Ton in The Escapist.
"These tropes are true! And I'll make you believe!"
Aborted Arc: Right after his Heel-Face Turn, it looked like Sheamus was setting up for a pretty good feud with uber monster heel Mark Henry. But The Big Show's return from injury torpedoed the storyline and we never got to see them go after it in a real, intense feud.
Animal Motif: Not deliberately, and it's not anything that Sheamus or WWE are doing, but ever since he got the nickname "The Great White," fans have taken to drawing cartoon sharks with Sheamus's signature hair.
Ascended Fanboy: Grew up a fan of the British wrestling show World Of Sport as well as of Brett Hart in the WWF.
Ascended Meme/Brick Joke: More a meme coming full circle. After Edge called him Beaker one night, the IWC took it and ran with it. However, during the Halloween Episode of Raw, it came back full circle when The Muppets were hosting. After Beaker was bullied by Christian, and Christian was run off by Sheamus, Sheamus told Beaker he wasn't gonna be able to make it to the family reunion this year.
Awesome but Impractical: His initial finisher, which was a high-angle crucifix powerbomb, has been largely dropped from his moveset. Although it looks devastating, it's also extremely difficult to execute - particularly on larger opponents.
Ax-Crazy: Became this after moving to Raw. On ECWWE he did say he wanted to remove men he found unworthy from the WWE roster but it was mostly just talk and standard underhanded tactics. On Raw he actually did remove a man from the WWE roster (Jamie Noble)
Big "WHAT?!": His somewhat understandable verbatim reaction to John Laurinaitis fining him $500,000. Most of the reasonable commentators agreed that, while punishment for his actions note i.e. blowing his top and kicking a ref in the face after a bad call was warranted, the fine amount was a bitover the top, given the situation.
Blood Knight: Even as a face, his primary motivation is to just get into fight after fight.
Hell, it's the main reason he didn't walk out on Triple H like the others. During their feud in mid 2010, Sheamus cracked Triple H in the back of a head with a lead pipe during The Game's heartfelt farewell to Shawn Michaels. Yeah, Triple H could've sued Sheamus for assault or the like, but instead he picked himself up and gave Sheamus what the Irishman himself admitted to be the biggest arse kickin' he ever got. It's something Sheamus grudgingly, but willingly, respects Triple H for.
Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: This is how his feud with Damien Sandow is going. Sandow brings puzzles like the Shell Game to the ring to try and humiliate Sheamus; Sheamus in turn just kicks him in the head. Partially subverted as it's shown Sandow as violent and aggressive, and Sheamus as clever and crafty.
Combat Pragmatist: Sheamus doesn't care much if you're distracted. He came to fight, and if you're busy doing or looking at something else, he'll just nail you with a Brogue Kick as soon as he sees the whites of your eyes. Daniel Bryan (and Dean Ambrose) found this out the hard way.
Death from Above: He has started using a diving top-rope shoulder tackle as one of his signature moves. Usually pulls it out about once a match.
Demoted to Extra: A multi-time WWE Champion who fought Triple H in a high profile match at WrestleMania 26, put him out of action for nearly a year at the next PPV and became King of the Ring. Since winning KotR, however, he's subsequently lost more often than he's won. When Triple H returned, Sheamus interrupted his promo... and was promptly beaten down like he was an afterthought and then subsequently squashed by Evan Bourne. He managed to win the United States Championship from Daniel Bryan, who invoked his rematch clause for WrestleMania]... in a match that subsequently got pushed off the card into a dark match that turned into a meaningless battle royal won by the Great Khali. From main eventer who put a legend out of action to not even on the show a year later. Isn't it sad, Sheamus?
Been reverted recently, he's now fighting Mark Henry, who's become an Ax-CrazyBlood Knight that no one else is willing to fight. One of the first things he did, ironically, was beat Khali.
He won the Royal Rumble, so we will see him as one of the co-main eventers at WrestleMania, fella!
Ironically, he faced Daniel Bryan for the championship.
Happened again after Royal Rumble 2014. Part of it had to do with his being on the shelf with an injury for about four months, but with so many high-profile storylines happening, Sheamus was sort of pushed off to the side.
Extreme Melee Revenge: Oh, good lord. After The Big Show wriggled his way out of what seemed like a sure title loss at Survivor Series, Sheamus grabbed a chair and went postal. By Sheamus's own count, he delivered thirty-one chair shots to Show, who left the arena bleeding and was still barely able to walk nearly a week after the PPV.
Eye Take: If the picture above is any indication, he's got a pretty good crazy face.
Fashionable Asymmetry: Color rather than placement or pattern. He wears one red wrist band and one black one.
Fatal Flaw: His Hair-Trigger Temper gets him in trouble from time to time. He's been DQ'ed or counted out of several matches. Not to mention getting fined an impossibly high amount of money in storyline for kicking a ref in the face. (And this has all been during his Face run.)
Fighting Irish: On his first ECWWE appearance he gives a speech to the crowd in Gaelic, the language of him homeland. He also likes to brag about the prowess of his countrymen in battle.
Finishing Move: The Brogue Kick, High Cross Powerbomb and White Noise (Over The Shoulder Back to Belly piledriver).
Five Moves of Doom: Double Axe Handle(s), Running Powerslam (or Diving Shoulder Block), a ten-pack (occasionally more) of forearm strikes to the chest outside the apron, White Noise, Brogue Kick.
Foreign Cuss Word: Subverted. Uses the word "arse" - a lot. Despite the fact that 'arse' is almost exclusively used in British English and its dialects, most people know what it means - and those that don't can quickly use context to figure it out.
Hoist by His Own Petard: At Money in the Bank 2013, he set up a ladder between the ring apron and the announce table and attempted to drive a smaller competitor through it. He's used this spot a couple of times, including 2011, where the victim was Sin Cara and it caused a storyline injury that shelved Sin Cara for several months. Fast forward two years later, where an attempt to do the same backfires. Sheamus goes through the ladder himself and severely bruises his thigh.
Idiot Ball: Ran with this heavily on the September 10, 2012 edition of Raw in regards to his Brogue Kick.
All of his pre WWE feuds with the Scottish Drew Galloway, and not just because they first feuded over the IWW International Championship. (and not just because they have fought in the Verona Football Club wearing Green and Blue either)
He represented The UK (despite being from Ireland) with Drew Mc Donald and The Celtic Warrior against Team Austria in the European Wrestling Alliance.
Let Me Tell You a Story: Uses this to insult Mark Henry during their feud, normally stating it's an "Old Irish story" or the like. The implication ultimately ends up insulting Mark Henry in some way, shape, or form.
Not just Mark Henry, he does it to other Superstars as well, who he is confronting or set to wrestle against.
Lightning Bruiser: He's about 270 pounds and can perform a slingshot shoulder tackle, but can also lift a guy the size of The Big Show onto his shoulders if necessary.
Made of Iron: Recently. He came back from getting the Punt from Randy Orton in one week. If any more needed to be said, look at the end of his match with Mark Henry at Summerslam 2011. Henry smashes him through the barricade around ringside! Sure, he didn't make the 10 count, but the fact he was still conscious enough to try deserves mention. He misses absolutely no action from this and comes back that Friday seemingly unhurt.
Lampshaded by Michael Cole on the August 26, 2011 episode of Smackdown, who points out that Sheamus can endure a massive amount of pain.
On separate occasions, Randy Orton hit him with the RKO and John Cena hit him with the Attitude Adjustment... only for him to get up in less than a minute and knock them out cold with the Brogue Kick.
The very next day on Super Smackdown he faces the Great Khali and gets attacked by Jinder Mahal. After taking a few blows, he dodges a Khali Chop, Brogue Kicks him, then he gives Jinder a High Cross.
In a match against Wade Barrett, Christian interfered and soon Barret and Christian are beating on Sheamus who is trapped in a corner. Not only does Sheamus fight out of it, he delivers a Brogue Kick to Barret and nearly powerbombs Christian.
There's also been the slightly common occurrence of him kicking out of powerful moves at a 1 count. This is acknowledged in-universe. If he doesn't kick out until 2, one of the announcers will often comment on how badly his opponent has worn him down.
At Hell in a Cell 2012, he became the first (and to date, still the only) person to receive a KO Punch from The Big Show and kick out of the subsequent pin. He lost the match anyway after taking a second KO Punch, but the fact that it took two of them is still significant.
Miles Gloriosus: Talks a big game about how much of a Badass he is, and with his Lightning Bruiser style he certainly could live up to his own hype. However, he has proven himself a cringing coward when pitted against an equal opponent.
Being averted. He now is backing up his claims. Powerbombed Sin Cara through a ladder, tanked the Punt of Doom, stood up to Mark Henry when no one else would and made the big man back off. And then breaking out of the Khali Vicegrip! Through sheer brute force! Heck, Mark Henry keeps running away from him! Originally, it was just because he had a steel chair, but now just Sheamus coming is enough to send Mark running for the locker room!
Mondegreen: Sheamus' theme music falls in to this. "Lost her head" gets interpreted as Lobster head. Also, Sheamus' Irish accent also makes it easy to become mondegreened - especially when he says, "Fact is..." And then there was the time he confronted Daniel Bryan and Gail Kim, whom he thought was telling jokes about him, and due to his accent, the sentence that ended with "in front of your girlfriend" sounded something like "and fucked your girlfriend!"
Oireland: Though he does come by the nationality as honestly as one possibly can - he was born and raised in Dublin.
One-Hit Kill: You might be plenty tough, but if that Brogue Kick hits, unless your name is Big Show, you're not getting up.
Spell My Name with an "S": The Irish name "Seamus", is usually spelled without an H. This is similar to Shawn O'Haire, an English name that is usally spelled Sean.
Proud Warrior Race Guy: He did not want to be another funny drunk Irishman, instead playing up the warrior culture of Ireland.
His explanation for standing up to the rampaging Mark Henry? "I'm Irish!"
Put on a Bus: Due to suffering a torn labrum from the 2013 Money in the Bank ladder match, Sheamus has been put on a bus for an assumed 4-6 months.
Red Baron: The Celtic Warrior and The Great White.
Sheamus and Drew Galloway pounded on each other to near death all over Ireland and The UK. Galloway would fail repeatedly to beat O'Shaunessy for the IWW belt but Sheamus claimed he was his toughest opponent who gave him the toughest matches. Galloway would finally beat O'Shaunessy in Real Quality Pro Wrestling. Then they got to do it all over again for the FCW Champioship, where Drew McIntyre would end up being the one defending the belt.
Sheamus later brawled with Stu Sanders all over the UK. Though they have not had an officially WWE feud, Sheamus has continued to face Wade Barrett on a regular basis there too. It sort of parallels the English/UK feud between William Regal and Finley, though not as overt.
Shout-Out: Has recently started using a finisher that was used by his spiritual predecessor, Dave "Fit" Finlay, in WWE for a number of years.
Also, his behavior at one point in the feud between himself and Alberto Del Rio. He stole Del Rio's Cool Car, took it for a joyride around town, and brought it back a complete mess. Maybe this was unintentional, but the sequence seemed an awful lot like how a Face Eddie Guerrero would have dealt with an Alberto Del Rio. In addition, it happened in Texas, which was Guerrero's home state.
In December 2012, Sheamus ended up presenting to John Cena a whole list of Irish victories including Johnny Logan winning the Eurovision Song Contest and Father Ted kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse.
Sheamus later went on to attempt to describe the entire premise of Father Ted to Cena. Cena didn't get it.
Squash Match: How he won his World Heavyweight at WrestleMania 28. It took all of 18 seconds.
On the April 5 (taped March 19), 2009 episode of FCW TV, he had a match with Joseph Canterbury that was Brogue Kick -> Irish Curse Backbreaker -> pin, lasting all of 31 seconds.
Stop Being Stereotypical: When asked on WWE.com if he got along with Finley Sheamus said he did not think he would because he hates leprechauns and wants to pay respect to his ancestors who slaughtered their enemies while naked. In spite of this, he was good nice to Hornswoggle when they finally met, though it was over three months and a face turn later.
What the Hell, Hero?: Has been called out on a couple of occasions for his rather liberal use of the Brogue Kick. First, he kicked Daniel Bryan in the head, while the latter was turning around to get a good-luck kiss from his girlfriend. Yes, Daniel Bryan was a dick, but it was rather unsporting. Then, he does something very similar to a returning Alberto Del Rio the next day. Johnny Laurinaitis of all people calls him out on it. But when Sheamus loses the match because of a bad call by the ref, he proceeds to kick the ref in the face, too. Really?
When He Smiles: As a face, Sheamus does a lot of smiling. Not Slasher Smile either, honest-to-goodness happy smiling. It makes him look so friendly.
Writer on Board: Although it's never once been brought up in Kayfabe, he and Triple H share a friendly personal relationship, which some point to as the reason he was pushed so heavily so soon after his arrival. note Reportedly Chris Jericho was meant to win the 2012 Royal Rumble, but Triple H's influence spurred creative to give Sheamus the victory. Although, at the same time, his face run has gotten over rather swimmingly with the fans.
Which, of course, he was Misblamed for. Research into the matter will reveal that even though Sheamus was booked to win the match anyway, emphasis on later matches (such as Cena vs. Rock and The Undertaker vs. Triple H) and a last-minute decision to attempt to beat a completely pointless Wrestlemania 'record' few people knew about note that being the shortest Wrestlemania match, held by Kane vs Chavo Guerrero at Wrestlemania 24 caused the match to be booked in the way it was.