This evening on 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes vs. The World, our own Chad Dukes had the opportunity to chat with the Great White, Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior is a fabulous ambassador for the WWE brand and was funny and engaging as always. These two warriors, one in the ring and the other vs. The World, convened to discuss Sheamus’ recovery from surgery, the grueling Elimination Chamber match, WWE Network, England vs. Ireland in Six Nations Rugby Match, and the Shield versus the Wyatts. Check out the full interview below.
You can follow Sheamus on Twitter at @WWESheamus and as always thank you to our pal Joe V for setting up the interview. Hit the jump for all the highlights!
As you all know Sheamus recently returned at the Royal Rumble from a six-month layoff due to shoulder surgery after suffering an injury at last year’s Money In the Bank show. Dukes started the proceedings by checking in with the former World Champion about his recovery period.
I’d never had surgery before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It actually sucked. [Laughs] Waking up the next morning with your arm hanging, literally tied to your body, and literally to be just stuck in a bed it’s kinda brutal.
The first couple weeks were pretty bad because I wasn’t able to do anything, I could barely put a shirt over me head. I actually went to a big and tall store and I bought the most hideous shirts you’ve ever seen in your life just because they were the only things I could put on my body. I actually think I’m gonna frame them as well. Literally you could see them from a mile away. Even in the dark you could see these things, that’s how bad these shirts were. It was tough, you know.
I got back home to Ireland, saw my 91-year-old grand mother. She was asking me why I’m running around half-naked on national, global television. “We didn’t do that back in my day,” she said. And I got to see me Ma, on the west coast of Ireland. I got to see my friends & family, and I got to reflect on my last couple years which I hadn’t got to do before that. You know a lot of things, but after about three months I was ready to come back.
I actually got cleared kinda early as well, with my surgery, but I’ve just been kinda waiting to come back. I wanted to get the right time and at the Rumble was the right time I think. So I came back at the Rumble, now I feel like I’m starting from scratch again. I’m going out there every week to remind people who I am.
The extra rest Sheamus’ had since being cleared and his reemergence at Royal Rumble, should come in handy as he enters his third Elimination Chamber match this Sunday in Minneapolis. The structure is legitimately one of the most unforgiving structures on a performer’s body. How does one prepare for such a brutal environment?
You can’t really prepare for it. I mean you’re right, you’re better off watching from the outside rather than being on the inside because it can get pretty hairy in there. It really is one of THE toughest matches. I mean physically, it’s THE toughest match you can possibly have in WWE. And so much at stake too, anything and everything can happen. That’s the thing, matches, you can be in certain situations where the structure around you or the objects around you can cause a lot of damage but it’s all about what’s at stake, and what’s at stake here is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that Randy Orton has and with that also a main event match at WrestleMania 30 against Batista. So everybody in there knows it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, to headline the biggest, greatest WrestleMania ever. So everybody in there is going to be taking risks they wouldn’t normally take.
Sheamus is a part of a hard hitting crew of European Superstars (Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro, Drew McIntyre) who’s intensity and for lack of a better term “stiffness” stand out in the world of WWE. No superstar is a bigger example of this than WWE legend William Regal, who it turns out is a mentor for the Celtic Warrior.
People don’t really know about this, but William Regal has been a fantastic mentor to me, him and Fit Finlay have been tremendous mentors to me in my time in WWE. Everyone talks about Triple H, Triple H has been a great help but on the road from day one, Regal has been the one who’s helped me. Arn Anderson too, as well.
Besides Wrestlemania Season the biggest story in WWE currently has to be the impending launch of the WWE Network. Sheamus talked about the launch and how it was exciting not just for fans but for the Superstars on the WWE roster.
I mean let’s be honest, $9.99 and you get every pay-per-view? You also get access on open to a 1000 hours of pay per view vault footage, all pay per views, which is going to be updated on a regular basis. Huge Content. There’s gonna be preshows on Raw and Smackdown, and post shows. It’s a tremendous opportunity to watch what you want when you want.
Especially for us too. All us superstars we’re all fans of wrestling: WWE, ECW, WCW, and the rest WCCW and NWA. We grew up watching all these different superstars who are no longer active right now. It’s very hard for us on the road to bring those DVDs with us, you don’t have a DVD player, but now with your Ipad or your phone you can literally pull up any footage of any match you want anytime, any show. It’s gonna be incredible it really is. It really is groundbreaking.
I have an Xbox 360 at home and I’m not the greatest gamer, I’ll play a game here or two but fella, I use that thing for everything. For HBO Go, for Hulu, for Netflix, that’s the way TV’s going. It’s gonna be a massive massive success I feel.
To close out the interview, Dukes asked Sheamus about possibly the most anticipated match this Sunday, The Shield and the Wyatt Family. The Great White had high praise for both trios.
First of all the Shield, being a great fantastic unit, and you’ve got three fantastic individuals. You’ve got Seth Rollins, very creative, very athletic type of guy. Very Creative. You’ve got Dean Ambrose, really really cool character, real quirky, and just a great throwback. You know what I mean, the Roddy Piper, I know people compare him to Roddy all the time. A great character. And you’ve got Roman Reigns who has the look, he’s jacked, he’s atheletic, he’s powerful. So you’ve got a great combination in the Shield that work so well together.
And of course you’ve got the Wyatts, who are more of a unit themselves together, you know what I mean. But they’re all just great phenomenal characters. I mean the promos that Bray cuts and just the creepy Rowan guy, who by the way is not my dad, he is not my father, and Luke Harper, who I’ve been in the ring with as well, who’s agressive as you can get, he may as well be European. It’s just a great unit, a great match. People wanna see that match as much as the chamber.