Wrestling / Sheamus

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Stephen Farrelly (born 28 January 1978) is an Irish professional wrestler. After having worked as a bodyguard, he took up the sport of professional wrestling after training with Cliff Compton, Tank Toland and Cindy Rogers 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, three time WWE (World Heavyweight) Champion and one time World Heavyweight Champion, as well as 2010 King of the Ring winner, and 2012 Royal Rumble winner. He won the 2015 Money in the Bank ladder match and thus its Money in the Bank contract, which he successfully cashed in at Survivor Series 2015 to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

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 and Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

"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.
  • The Alcoholic: A subversion. He does drink, and fairly often, but it seems to be more of a social thing than any sort of addiction, and he's never really drunk. Although that could just mean that he's so used to liquor by now that he holds it fairly well since, according to him, he can drink 15 pints in one sitting.
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: John Cena, Triple H, Christian, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show
  • Ascended Meme: 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 WWE's ECW, 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)
  • Backhanded Apology: To John Laurinaitis
  • Badass Beard: Much better kept than the hair on top of his head too... up until his 2015 return.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Post-2015, where he's got several bands in his beard and looks like a raider from the dark ages... which was sort of the whole point.
  • Beard of Evil: After he dispensed with the braids, his beard in 2016 as a heel is much thicker and wilder than it was at any point during his face run.
  • Badass Long Robe: As King Sheamus.
  • The Berserker: He has had lots of long lasting, visible injuries and sells them as he wrestles too. Despite this he just does not stop attacking.
  • Berserk Button: Don't slap the guy. Or spit on him, for that matter.
  • 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  was warranted, the fine amount was a bit over 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.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: When John Cena warns him that besides The Big Show they may also be facing one of the strongest man he has ever seen Sheamus's response is basically "Sounds like fun."
  • Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: This is how his feud with Damien Sandow went. Sandow brings puzzles like the Shell Game to the ring to try and humiliate Sheamus; Sheamus in turn just kicked him in the head over and over. Partially subverted as it's shown Sandow as violent and aggressive, and Sheamus as clever and crafty.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Did this to The Big Show. While they were in the middle of a feud for the World Heavyweight Championship. It cost him dearly.
  • But Not Too White: Subverted.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Can effortlessly lift The Big Show.
  • 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, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns all found this out the hard way.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: From his High Cross powerbomb to the loads of crucifixes on his merch, Sheamus has a lot of these.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Often
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Perhaps the biggest sign of re-promotion came when he won the Money in the Bank ladder match in June 2015, and then when he cashed it in five months later to take down Roman Reigns and become The Authority's new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. No big.
  • Denser and Wackier: Sheamus went from being the guy who wanted to destroy everyone to be, after winning Money in the Bank in 2015, the King of Comedy Heels, being put in a comedic position that didn't seem to present or treat him as a threat for everyone else on a consistent basis. His World Heavyweight title run put him somewhere between the two extremes.
  • Evil Redhead: When coming up to WWE's ECW anyway, up until his feud with Mark Henry.
  • 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:
  • 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 babyface run).
  • Fighting Irish: On his first appearance in WWE's ECW, he gives a speech to the crowd in Gaelic, the language of his homeland. He also likes to brag about the prowess of his countrymen in battle.
  • Fiery Redhead: He isn't a person you don't want to make mad.
  • 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.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Exploited for all its worth during his heel run in 2015; his first act after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that year is to form a Multinational Team consisting of himself (Irish), the English Wade Barrett, the Bulgarian Rusev, and the Mexican Alberto Del Rio.
  • Fun Personified: For a giant, hot-blooded-Irish brawler, Sheamus definitely has a case for at least downplaying this trope. He's all about having fun— he smiles all the time as a babyface (see When She Smiles below), and even as a heel, he makes fun of himself for his appearance (see Self-Deprecation below). And in both personas, he seems to get immense joy out of a good arse-kicking, whether he's giving or receiving.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: A torn labrum in August 2013 left him out of in-ring action for five months until Royal Rumble 2014.
  • Genius Bruiser: Was an IT technician before he was a wrestler.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Part and parcel of being the stereotypical Fiery Redhead.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Performed one to fight Mark Henry. Came with a quite a few levels in badass .
  • Heroic Albino: As a face. As a heel, he's an Evil Albino, naturally.
  • 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 the luchador 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.
  • I Hate Past Me: Admits that he became a bully.
  • Improbable Hair Style: For years, he wrestled while sporting what was basically Shonen Hair. He ditched it after having a Face–Heel Turn in 2015... in favor of a Mohawk.
  • In the Hood: Has been seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the middle of a Florida summer.
  • International Showdown by Proxy:
    • 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 McDonald and The Celtic Warrior against Team Austria in the European Wrestling Alliance.
  • Jerkass: As a Heel.
  • Large Ham: Just like most other guys in Professional Wrestling, in Sheamus' case it's just funnier with his Irish accent. Especially his promo against Mark Henry here. Go to about 1:33-2:00 to see Sheamus bring the hog, fella!
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Subtly. Right around the time that he won the World Heavyweight Championship, he changed from his black-and-green trunks to black-and-red ones.
  • Leitmotif: He's ashamed for they lost your head!
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: Sheamus generally uses this to insult a Superstar with whome he's having a feud, normally stating it's an "Old Irish story" or the like. The implication ultimately ends up insulting the other person in some way, shape, or form.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Mark Henry gave him the World's Strongest Slam onto the steel steps. The announcers made it out to be crippling injury. He comes back next monday, running to the ring to help John Cena.
    • 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.
  • Light Is Not Good: His recent (2015- ) heel run entrance, which features religious imagery on the Titantron video and starts with a tremendous burst of white light that renders his already pale form virtually fluorescent.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Like most Heels, he was a much nicer guy out of the ring than in. As a Face, he's nice both in-character and out.
  • 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, as a heel, he has proven himself a cringing coward when pitted against an equal opponent. As a face, he averts it; at the beginning of his face turn he 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!"
  • Multinational Team: Forms one after he wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship consisting of himself (Irish), the English Wade Barrett, the Bulgarian Rusev, and the Mexican Alberto Del Rio.
  • 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.note 
  • Power Stable: Formed one called the League of Nations in 2015 after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He did not want to be another funny drunk Irishman, instead playing up the warrior culture of Ireland. This is referenced in 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 was put on a bus until Royal Rumble 2014.
  • Red Baron: The Celtic Warrior and The Great White. Calls himself The Pagan Gladiator on Twitter.
  • Redemption Promotion: His Heel–Face Turn completely reverted his Badass Decay to the point he beat the Great Khali, who'd been on the warpath as of late, and forced his way out of the Khali Vicegrip through sheer brute strength! He overpowered Khali! TWICE!!!
  • The Rival:
    • Sheamus and Drew Galloway/McIntyre 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 Wade Barrett/Stu Sanders all over the UK. Though they have not had an official WWE feud, Sheamus has continued to face the man on a regular basis there too. It sort of parallels the English/UK feud between William Regal and Finlay, though not as overt.
  • Self-Deprecation: He's a great sport about the fact that he has a very unique look.
    • Sheamus meets Beaker, and immediately talks about the upcoming family reunion.
    • Once angrily told Seth Rollins to not "bring [Sheamus'] family into this" after Rollins said Sheamus looks like "Ronald McDonald with a bad haircut."
  • 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.)
    • After his 2015 comeback and heel turn, he's adopted the catchphrase of "Are you not entertained?", which is one of the more well-remembered lines from Gladiator. However, where in the film the phrase is shouted by the hero as part of a Shaming the Mob moment, Sheamus uses it almost ironically - or perhaps as a Take That, Audience!/Be Careful What You Wish For against segments of the WWE Universe that thought he was generic and uninteresting as a face.
  • Spiky Hair: And has only ever appeared on TV once without it spiked (and that was because his hat was over it). Up to Eleven when he returned in 2015 sporting a ginger mohawk about three inches high. By 2016, the spikes have grown to near absurdity. One can only speculate as to the amount of product required to maintain the hairstyle.
  • 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 Finlay, 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.
  • Student and Master Team: The master of his team with Mad Man Manson in Irish Whip Wrestling
  • Tag Team: (in FCW w/Mr. Yamamoto [Yoshi Tatsu]): Movers and Shakers
  • Underwear of Power: With a cross on the back.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If you get him mad, heaven help you. Even his Heel–Face Turn hasn't changed this aspect of his character.
  • Verbal Tic: He ends his sentences with fella, fella.
  • Villain Team-Up: In late 2015, he seems to have struck one up with King Barrett. It's an odd team up, first off, because the two have been professional rivals dating back to their days wrestling in the UK. In WWE, especially during Sheamus's face run, the two were known to be bitter enemies. Sheamus and Barrett are from Ireland and England respectively - two countries that (stereo)typically don't like each other. On top of that, the timing was odd with Barrett as King of the Ring (not that WWE's helping anyone to remember that) and Sheamus as Money in the Bank holder - both situations where, in theory, each guy should be getting some measure of singles push. Although in retrospect, there seems to have been some logic to this, as soon after winning the championship, Sheamus and Barrett were joined by Rusev and Alberto Del Rio to make a stable, The League of Nations.
  • 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. John 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 She 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.
    • Also went through this near the end of 2015, after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by cashing in on Roman Reigns. After months of the fans telling him "You look stupid!", he reveled in being able to throw his status as champion in the face of anyone who didn't like him.
  • 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  Although, at the same time, his face run got him over rather swimmingly with the fans, this friendship was brought back again when he decided to cheap-shot Daniel Bryan with a Brogue Kick after Bryan had a moment with his girlfriend in order to win the World Heavyweight Championship in 18 seconds, causing a pro-Bryan and anti-Sheamus shitstorm in Miami and all over the internet. However, 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  caused the match to be booked in the way it was.
  • Xtremely Kool Letterz: His first name being spelled with an H counts as this to fans in his native Ireland, where Seamus happened to be a very common name. Then again, these kinds of spellings tend to be very popular in wrestling anyway, don't they Rhyno?

That's Sheamus, fella.

Alternative Title(s): Sheamus O Shaunessy

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