Sheamus recently spoke to Jonathan McLarty of The Flagship for an interview. Here are a few highlights.
Highlights from recent visit with the troops in Norfolk: We had a great time with them, actually. We got to hang out and play dodge ball with some of the groups. We got to walk around the USS Boise (SSN 764) submarine, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier and the USS Porter (DDG 78). It’s amazing to meet all of these Sailors – to see how young and enthusiastic they are, how much they love serving their country and how much they love their job. They take great passion and pride in serving their country. It’s really great to see.
Who Sheamus looked up to as a kid growing up: : I was really a big fan of WWE as a kid. I used to love watching “Mr. Perfect” (Curt Hennig), “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Bret Hart. I’ve always been a fan of numerous Superstars and have taken inspiration from different guys in different ways, but those are really the four I loved watching as a kid.
Relationship with William Regal: One of the first guys to really text me or call me up was William Regal. He offered to help me and have me travel with him. We have the same sense of humor, same pop culture background. We got on right away from the start. He’s been a great help to me by watching my matches and critiquing them. There have been others like Triple H … Arn Anderson as well. I’m always motivated to pick the brain of people who have been so successful. Great number of minds and talents in WWE and they’re all at your disposal. It’s definitely helped me to progress faster than I would have on my own. … It’s about drive – never be happy with what you do. You can’t rest on your laurels because you’re only as good as your last match. There are a lot of hungry Superstars ready to come in here and want to knock you off your spot.
Future goals in wrestling: Foremost, I want to win the World Heavyweight Championship back from The Big Show. I will get that opportunity in Richmond at SmackDown TV. I would love to do a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker. I don’t know how many Mania matches he has left in him, but I would love to be the guy who breaks that streak.
Favorite ice cream: I am a big ice cream fan, so this will be hard one. Birthday cake ice cream is my favorite. The first time I came over to the states, I was 18 and had never heard of Ben & Jerry’s. I was training at the time and I remember looking at the “Chunky Monkey” carton where it said “Fat Content per Ice Cream Tub = 16 grams.” I thought, “Hey, there’s only 16 g of fat in this tub!” So, after a few weeks of eating Ben & Jerry’s, I realized it was 16 g of fat per serving. There were about six servings in one tub and I was eating 100 grams of fat every couple of days. I was wondering why I wasn’t losing any weight!