If you heard the name Stephen Farrelly, you wouldn't think much about it. It sounds fairly nice, potentially someone of Irish heritage. We wouldn't spend time imagining the person who has that name being all that tough either. However, what if we said Stephan Farrelly was someone who has spent the better part of the last 12 years developing his craft inside and outside the ring? Many fans that follow the WWE may not know that Stephen Farrelly has gone by primarily one alias throughout his career: none other than the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus.
During his time in independent promotions, Farrelly was known for his size and strength, plus his ability to captivate an audience due to an unrelenting skill set. He was noticed, and it was only a matter of time before he transitioned from the independents onto a much grander stage. Once the opportunity presented itself, Sheamus O'Shaunessy was born.
Farrelly's career has certainly seen more ups than downs. Farrelly's travels from promotion to promotion throughout his career led him to go to a number of different of places all over the world. Whether it was competing in Britain, Ireland or North America, Sheamus really ran the gamut of looks, while trying to evolve. Today he is among the most recognized names within the WWE, where he has performed since 2009. He is the current WWE World Heavyweight champion, but was an athlete in several different sports other than wrestling prior to coming to the WWE. He is an accomplished champion throughout his tenure with the company. We give you 15 things the WWE want you to forget about Stephen Farrelly, better known as Sheamus.
15 He Played Gaelic Football and Rugby
14 He Is a Former FCW Heavyweight Champion
13 He Was A Bodyguard For U2
12 His Fandom For Liverpool
11 He Feuded With Drew McIntyre Prior To Coming To The WWE
10 He First Appeared In The WWE as Part of a Security Team
9 He Was Once Ranked #5 By PWI
8 He Made His Main Roster Debut as Part of the ECW Brand
7 He Was Named The 100th WWE Champion in Company History
6 He Was the First Irish-Born WWE Champion
5 He Will Play Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
4 He Was Listed as Most Improved Wrestler by the Wrestling Observer
3 His Career Was Put on Hold for Two Years After Suffering an Injury
2 He Was An IT Technician
1 He Has Multiple Victories Over World Champions
When you think of the near seven years that Sheamus has been in the WWE, he has racked up numerous accolades. He has earned them not only because of the titles he has won, but who he has beaten to win them. John Cena, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan are all multiple time World champions, and three of the most prominent names to win the title over the last 15 years. Sheamus holds the distinction of defeating all of them for the title. That's quite impressive, considering each will more than likely go into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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