The current WWE champion has been on the receiving end of fan backlash for a week. Sheamus is hearing it from critics and fans and while the pressure is mounting, he is thriving in the moment.
I can’t recall a WWE champion in recent years that has received as much criticism as Sheamus. His case wasn’t helped a whole lot the next on RAW when ratings tanked, drawing a record low audience. The champ recently answered media question and was asked about a variety of topics, giving Sheamus a chance to fire some offensive shots of his own at critics.
Sheamus was asked about the social media feedback…
“If you just stand there and you analyze every single thing that every person’s saying… you go mad. You absolutely go mad. You lose your mind. Social media is a great tool but it can also be a negative tool. Depending on how you use it. If you spend your whole time on Twitter. I read some of the comments and I find them to be hilarious. There’s a couple of guys like Triple H, Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson that are my mentors since day one. Anybody who is in the public eye, everybody has an opinion about them. Not just in the WWE. In any of them. Movies, TV, musicians, actors… it doesn’t matter. There’s always going to be a lot of negative and a lot of positive. Reaction wise, I hate all this stuff. I’ll be honest, I read a lot of stuff in the beginning that things were going to go belly up as a babyface as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Folks saying, “Oh, he got no reaction tonight.” I thought the reaction was great. It was just a lot of people trying to create something that, you know, create a negative influence or atmosphere. I go out there and there is always a reaction. Whether it’s negative or whether it’s positive or whether it’s, “You look stupid!” Whatever it is. You embrace it all. That’s what it is. It’s about the reaction. It’s about going out there and getting that reaction. I always get a reaction. Whether it’s in the match. Whether it’s just coming out. Where’s the boos? Where’s the cheers? It doesn’t matter. The people are mostly invested and that’s all that matters. I know they are. I read stuff that they aren’t and everything. You have to have confidence in who you are and what you want to do. I have the utmost confidence in my abilities. Who I am and what I am capable of. In regards to social media, as I said, it can eat some people up. Honestly, it pops me when I read somebody’s stuff. Especially on Instagram like that this morning. (Laughs) It’s great. It’s just great. I know I am doing my job and I know I am doing it well and I am getting under people’s skin. I’m antagonizing them. To me, that’s what I am here to do.”
The champion was also asked about a potential match with Brock Lesnar.
“That would be a dream match for me. That would be a dream match for me against Brock Lesnar. I’ve said it over the years. I used to say when I first came here, before Brock came back, that the Undertaker would be a match I would love to be involved in. Still would. The guy is a legend. Twenty-five years last night since he debuted in the WWE which is unbelievable. He can still go like no one else. If you watch those matches against Brock he is just… he is just getting stuff in. He is not pulling back. He is all heart. Shows so much passion for what we do. I would love a match with Brock. I have said that for the last couple of years. It was just a matter of getting in to that mix. Now that I am WWE World Heavyweight Champion I would love to take on The Beast. It would be great. I talked to Paul Heyman about that one too. Paul Heyman knows how passionate I am about that match. He’ll back me up on that.”
I think a Sheamus vs. Brock match is intriguing, but I don’t think it belongs on WrestleMania 32. I think with the right build it could be a lot bigger than people think, but the company really needs to wither the current storm with Sheamus before they think that far ahead.
Sheamus was asked if he started to fear whether he’d be the lone MITB winner who never cashed in and he offered an interesting answer. He said he’d be lying if that didn’t go through his mind. He says we’re all human and when something’s not going your way, sometimes you can doubt things. He says anytime he goes into the ring, he’s passionate about what he does and leaves nothing left. He knows the fans can feel his intensity. He makes anyone earn their stripes in the ring, including himself. He did have fear about how his cash-in would go but he’s always believed in himself and believed he would walk away as champion. He was asked if he hopes he can continue a storyline relationship with King Barrett because they were recently tagging. He says there was a real friendship there and they had a lot of fun. He says his priorities are with the title now but he’s open to teaming or siding with Barrett also. He mentions the WWE Tag Team Titles and said he had a lot of fun with Barrett
Finally, Sheamus was asked how he celebrated his title win. a few Monster Milks and a 4.5 hour drive to Nashville. He sat in the locker room for about an hour by himself last night and took it all in before getting in the car to drive to Nashville. He says the era of the Celtic Warrior begins on RAW tonight and he couldn’t be happier. He was asked about working with Roman Reigns and possibly Brock Lesnar. He says he’d love that and has been ready to go for a long time. He talks about the WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan and how Bryan went on to do big things. He was so proud of Bryan for winning the title at WrestleMania. Sheamus says but he knew he needed to switch things up when he returned the last time. He reiterates that he won’t let this opportunity pass him by. He names Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens, saying there’s a lot of people he’s looking forward to facing
A far cry from one of Ric Flair’s championship celebrations for sure.
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