Sheamus, whose birth name is Stephen Farrelly, is an Irish professional wrestler who is under contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs on the SmackDown platform. He is also an actor, a role he has played in films like The Escapist and Assault of Darkness. His story is quite interesting as he started with a keen interest in football and played it for most of his teenage life. Read on to find out what made the transition from football to wrestling and to learn more facts about Sheamus, the Celtic warrior!
Sheamus’ Biography (Age)
The birth name of Sheamus O’Shaunessy is Stephen Farrelly and he was born on 28 January 1978. He is an Irish wrestler born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland. His mother’s name is not known, but his father’s name is Martin Farrelly. Not much is known about his childhood but he attended Scoil Caoimhin Primary and Coláiste Mhuire Secondary School. Looking at his prospects today, it may be hard to believe that Sheamus ever sang, let alone sang in a choir, but yes, he did, Palestrina Choir when he was in high school. He also performed on the Late Late Show and Live at Three.
The WWE star played Gaelic football, a kind of Irish football played by teams of fifteen players on each side. He played for Erin’s Isle team and was once named Sports Star of the Month. While attending college at the National College of Ireland, Sheamus continued to quench his thirst for sport while playing rugby with the college team. He also received a National Diploma from the College.
The former IT technician got the chance to try his hand at wrestling when he worked as a security guard in a nightclub. He also doubled that with a part-time job as a bodyguard for English actress Denise van Outen and also for musicians Bono and Larry Mullen Jr, both U2 fame. At the time, Bret Hart was advised by Bret to join Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory Wrestling School because Bret thought he would do well as a wrestler – and he was not wrong. In April 2002, Sheamus began his journey to greatness in wrestling by starting his training at the wrestling school, and in six weeks he faced his first opponent as a wrestler. The Celtic warrior fought Robert Pigeon in his first appearance while taking the ring name “Sheamus O’Shaunessy”.
Wrestling Career – WWE
Sheamus grew up watching both American and British wrestling on television, so he initially loved wrestling as a sport. He started with Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW), where he soon became a two-time international champion in Irish Whip International Wrestling Heavyweight before he found his way to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). His retirement from the IWW was due to a serious injury he sustained during training. His journey with the WWE began in 2009 and he defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship, making him the first Irishman to win the title in 2010. Sheamus (into which he changed his ring name from Sheamus O’Shaunessy to Sheamus O’Shaunessy in 2010) has competed in tag team matches with Victor Ceron, Hade Vansen, and Jake Hager.
He took the world heavyweight title from Daniel Bryan after defeating him in 2011. He defended his title and held it for seven months before handing it over to the Big Show. His 7-month term as world heavyweight champion is the third-longest term in the title’s history. In his WWE career, the modern Irish warrior has won where and when it mattered most. He has beaten several big names in the WWE circle, including John Cena as the first. He has also recorded victories against Randy Orton, Big Show, Triple-H, Daniel Bryan (whom he fought and defeated in 18 seconds to take home the world heavyweight championship title in 2015), among others.
Among the many awards he has received are the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (4x – with Cesaro), WWE United States Champion (2x), 2010 King of the Ring Champion, 2012 Royal Rumble Champion, 2015 Money in the Bank Champion, to name a few.
Sheamus has also proved to be a man of many faces. As he was not satisfied with his wrestling career, he also tried to make his way in acting, which has seen him in several movies like The Escapist (2008), Once Upon A Time In Dublin (2009), Assualt of Darkness (2009), Atone (2017), etc. He made his major film debut with The Escapist, which won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Film Performance and the British Independent Film Award for Best Production Performance.
He lent his voice in the production of the commercially successful cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). The films earned over $250 million worldwide, making them his most successful venture since his involvement in films.
Sheamus rose in the WWE until he became a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling world, especially financially. His luxurious lifestyle and his fondness for the good things life has to offer are well documented. The Dublin-born professional wrestler bought a 4,000 square meter house in the small town of Odessa in the Bay of Odessa for 540,000 dollars. The facilities on the property include four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a saltwater pool and spa, a garage for three cars, and so on.
Not satisfied with that, he bought another property in 2016 – a 1,568 square foot, two-bedroom condo in Tampa, Florida. His automobile collection is classic. He recently purchased a $55,000 DeLorean car in addition to other cars he owns, including a BMW.
And why not, with a large net worth, estimated at around $7-8 million, and an annual WWE take-home salary of $1.5 million, who wouldn’t be tempted to squander a few dollar bills on comfort?
Is Sheamus Married? – Wife
Sheamus is not married yet, and his relationships and affairs are not known at the moment, so it is safe to speculate that he is still single at the moment. Unlike his colleagues in the wrestling world, who would naturally fall in love with ladies in the same industry, Sheamus has proven that he is different in this respect. His last known official relationship was reported with model Brooke Hubbard. However, they broke up in 2013.
Prior to Hubbard, Sheamus was involved with Jessica Giles, who is a film director herself and worked as an assistant director on the production of the film Resident Evil: Retribution. The couple separated in 2012 after nine months together.
Other Details About Sheamus – Records, Height
Sheamus is a supporter of the English football club Liverpool F.C. Premier League and has been a fan of the club since childhood.
Besides football, he also loves rugby and supports the rugby union clubs London Irish and Leinster as well as the New Zealand Warriors of the Rugby League.
He is a giant of a man measuring 1.93 m (6 feet 4 inches). His weight is 121 kg (267 lbs). He has blue eyes and red hair.
He is the second wrestler in the history of the WWE (Edge is the other) to win the King of the Ring (2010), Royal Rumble (2012), and Money in the Bank (2015).