Ahead of BT Sport's launch party to celebrate the arrival of WWE, I spoke with Sheamus about a number of subjects - not least his hiatus from in-ring competition that would prompt rumors of retirement for The Celtic Warrior.
Sheamus will make his unofficial in-ring return tonight at BT Sport's WWE launch party, taking on Andrade. It will be the former WWE Champion's first match in around nine months.
"It's something that's always in the back of your mind. It's no secret that I had a couple of issues physically, a few injuries, because it is physical what we do - and then my style as well, it trebles that, you know? There were a couple times when I thought, "Will I make it back in there?" Especially when I got a concussion in that match after WrestleMania.
"But I used that time really well, I went to physiotherapy, went to boxing, kickboxing. I got myself in the best shape possible, dropped 40lbs. I feel better, look better, and I've never been hungrier to get back in the ring. For me, the first ten years were just a warm-up. This is the real deal now. I'm just starting, mate. I'm telling you my body feels amazing. I feel better at 42 than I did at 32."
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