WWE Superstar Sheamus: 'I Feel Like I Could Go For Another Ten Years'
WWE superstar Sheamus is vying to win the Intercontinental Championship, while also admitting he feels like he has another decade of dishing out Brogue Kicks in his locker.
The Celtic Warrior was out of action for nearly a year following a serious concussion and other nagging problems following a gruelling schedule on the road with WWE.
But after "the itch started to come back" when he attended the Survivor Series pay-per-view back in November, he wrestled his first match back against United States champion Andrade while over in the UK for the official launch of WWE on BT Sport last month.
He then made quick work of Shorty G in his first pay-per-view bout at the Royal Rumble as he bids to add to an already decorated career in WWE.
Sheamus has won just about every single title there is in the company, as well as the Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank and the King of the Ring tournament.
But after returning the fold, the Irishman's next goal is to claim the Intercontinental Championship, recently won by Braun Strowman, and become the latest member of the exclusive 'Grand Slam' club.
"I started the backstage vignettes at the beginning of December so it had been building for quite a while," Sheamus told SPORTbible.
"And I enjoyed doing it because people gravitate towards characters. It's nice to have a slow build because I've normally just been thrown straight in head first.
"The most important thing for me right now is the Intercontinental Championship so I can get the grand slam. That's the title that's missing from the trophy cabinet. I won the Royal Rumble in 2012 which was brilliant, Money in the Bank, King of the Ring - I've won everything but the only thing I haven't won is the Intercontinental title."
Sheamus' dropped the mohawk that regularly prompted "You look stupid chants" as a sign that he means business, but he's also made drastic changes to his diet, training and ultimately his physique - so much so that he believes he's in the best shape of his career.
No hiding age these days. 42 & going for a brew:beers:or two. Thanks for all well wishes... anyone who forgot gets a :arrow_right::man: pic.twitter.com/gIVJZep3UA- Sheamus (@WWESheamus) January 28, 2020
"I've kind of gone back to the Sheamus 1.0. I feel better than I ever have, a dropped a load of weight after always being heavier and bulkier in my career," the 42-year old added.
"I genuinely feel so much better than I did when I first debuted, with the experiencing of learning a lot more on how your body works and do a lot more functional training as opposed to just going to the gym and lifting heavy weights.
"Aesthetically it helps you look better but it doesn't really help you functionality wise. I've been working on a lot of that stuff and with my diet and nutrition staying ahead. I feel right now I could go for another ten years.
"I cut out a lot of Guinness and whisky, but it was just being more accountable for what you're eating. The problem is from hour to hour you're hungry and you find yourself snacking on food. So it's just being accountable for the type of food and how much of that food you're putting in.
"Even people who eat healthy if they eat too much of it, they're still going to put weight on because they're still taking in more calories than their body is burning."
Sheamus has had a career most WWE superstars would be incredibly satisfied with.
He's been a part of ten pay-per-view main events, along with being a four-time world champion, a two-time United States champion and a five-time tag team champion.
But the Irishman isn't one to dwell on the past and is instead treating this current run like it's his first.
"The way I see it, the first ten years were just a warm up," Sheamus stated.
"This is the real deal and you can't look back. I don't know if I ever will, maybe if I have kids or whatever. I see them all the time in my office, the replicas, but I don't want to live off my past accomplishments.
"My mentality is I'm going in there like I've just broke into the roster and I want to show everybody what I can do."