Sheamus(real name Stephen Farrelly) is an Irish professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. Born on 28th January 1978, The Celtic Warrior grew up in Dublin, Ireland and began training to be a professional wrestler in 2002. He began training in Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory wrestling school. He debuted just six weeks later, under the name Sheamus O' Shaunessy.
Due to an injury in the ring, he was forced to sit out for the next two years. This is when he began to have ideas about his future character, looking towards Irish mythology and the warriors in the stories.
His return to wrestling was in the newly formed IWW - Irish Whip Wrestling. Here, he began to make a name for himself and even crossed paths with future friend and fellow-WWE superstar Drew McIntyre(who then went under "Three" Drew Galloway). Sheamus continued to make a name for himself on the British independent scene, wrestling for promotions such as All Star Wrestling, LDN Wrestling, British Championship Wrestling(BCW) and Real Quality Wrestling(RCW), among others.
He made his first appearance for WWE on November 13th, 2006 on an episode of RAW in Manchester, where he was a security guard trying to eject DX from the arena. His first taste of action was getting pedigreed by his future WrestleMania opponent, Sheamus. He received a whole set of tryouts along with Drew Galloway and in 2007, he finally signed a WWE developmental contract, moving to the United States.
Later in 2007, he debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory. He spent the next two years there, where he would become FCW Heavyweight Champion. He was called up the main roster in 2009, where he competed in a series of dark matches before debuting in ECW as "Sheamus" on 30th June, 2009. After feuds with Goldust and Shelton Benjamin, he was soon moved over to the RAW brand.
His first big opportunity came at Survivor Series 2009, where he was in a team captained by The Miz, surviving the match and victorious against John Morrison's team. The following month, he won a "break-through" battle royal to determine the number one contender to John Cena's WWE Championship.
Hotshotted into the title picture, Sheamus shocked the world when he defeated John Cena in a tables match to become WWE Champion, less than six months after his main roster WWE debut. This helped Sheamus win the Slammy Award for "Breakout star of the year 2009".
Sheamus would lose the WWE Championship not long after in February 2010 in an Elimination Chamber match, after Triple H eliminated him. Not long after, The Celtic Warrior attacked Triple H, setting up a WrestleMania XXVI match, which he lost.
Sheamus was, however, successful at Extreme Rules the following month when he not only defeated Triple H in a street fight but viciously assaulted him post-match, writing The Game off WWE TV for ten months.
Just shy of two months later, Sheamus regained the WWE Championship in a Fatal-4-Way match, pinning John Cena thanks to interference from The Nexus. He lost the title three months later to Randy Orton in a six-pack challenge. Not too long after, he won the King Of The Ring tournament, going by the name "King Sheamus" shortly afterwards.
He won his first United States Championship from Daniel Bryan right before WrestleMania XXVII, and had a rematch with him at the grand event on the pre-show, which ended in a no contest. Later that year, he moved to SmackDown and even turned face. After an impressive series of win streaks, Sheamus was primed and ready for the Royal Rumble match in 2012, which he won after last eliminating Chris Jericho.
Using his Royal Rumble opportunity, he challenged Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII in the opening match, which he shockingly won in 18-seconds. He would go on to hold the World Heavyweight title for the next six months, beating opponents such as Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Christian. He would then lose his title to The Big Show at Hell In A Cell.
In early 2013, Sheamus aligned with Randy Orton and The Big Show to take on the up-and-coming trio The Shield at WrestleMania 29. They lost the opening match-up to the young trio of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose. After having a rather uneventful year, he had suffered an injury which kept him out of action for the next five months, with him returning as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble 2014.
On May 5th, Sheamus won a battle royal on RAW to dethrone long-reigning United States Champion Dean Ambrose. He would go on to hold the title for the next six months before losing it to the then-undefeated Rusev. He was then written off TV, returning on the RAW after WrestleMania.
Returning as a heel with a new haircut, Sheamus was subject of "You look stupid" chants by the WWE Universe on a weekly basis. This, however, didn't hinder The Celtic Warrior as he would go on to win the Money In The Bank briefcase for the first time in his career.
He feuded with Randy Orton for a few months following this and even briefly teamed up with Wade Barrett before cashing in his MITB contract at the newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns at Survivor Series 2015.
Following his title win, he formed The League Of Nations faction with Alberto Del Rio, Rusev, Wade Barrett and himself. He held the title for a mere 22 days before losing it back to Roman Reigns on the RAW after TLC.
Around early 2016, League Of Nations feuded with The New Day, even defeating them in a non-title match at WrestleMania before losing a title match to them the next night on RAW. After this, Wade Barrett was ejected from the group, being cited as the "weak link". A month later, the faction was disbanded after a feud with the newly-turned Wyatt Family was cancelled as Bray Wyatt had gotten injured.
In the 2016 draft, Sheamus was drafted to RAW and not long after began a feud with Cesaro. This led to a best of seven series announced by then-RAW General Manager Mick Foley. The duo went at three wins apiece before the culmination at Night Of Champions, where the match ended in a no contest. Prior to the best of seven series, Foley told the two that the winner would get a guaranteed title shot, not specifying which title.
Since the no contest led to controversy, Foley paired the two up together and gave them a shot at the RAW Tag Team Championships. Cesaro & Sheamus would then go on to team together, where they played two completely opposite characters(Cesaro was the babyface and Sheamus was the heel) who didn't get along but were still a force to be dealt with when teaming together.
They defeated The New Day at Hell In A Cell, but via DQ. They would be a part of the RAW Tag Team Survivor Series team, where they last eliminated The Usos to be the sole survivors for Team RAW. Due to this victory, they gained another tag title shot at The New Day. They dethroned The New Day after a historic 483-day tag title reign(the longest tag title reign in WWE history).
The duo lost their titles to Gallows & Anderson at the Royal Rumble and would be a part of the WrestleMania RAW Tag Team Championship ladder match, which was won by the returning Hardy Boyz.
They would be The Hardy Boyz first title challengers and rivals upon their return and after a loss to them at Payback, turned heel by attacking the legends. They won the titles the following month at Extreme Rules and over the course of the next seven months, went on to become four-time RAW tag team champions, feuding with The Sheild, Jason Jordan and Braun Strowman over the course of the year.