Sheamus may be a strong, tough character in the ring, but there is something about a WrestleMania that makes him feel weak.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the 35-year-old former WWE and World Heavyweight champion admits that at his first WrestleMania three years ago, “I felt my knees go weak.” He was facing Triple H, one of his mentors during his time in WWE.
Sheamus lost that match, but he did go on to bigger and better things in WWE. That included two stints as WWE Champion and a World title reign that lasted for most of 2012.
His World title reign began at WrestleMania 28 last year in Miami. In the first match on the card, he defeated Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to capture the gold.
This time around, Sheamus tells the newspaper, he hopes to be out in front of the fans a while longer:
When you get to ’Mania, the football [stadium] with over 80,000 seats and you’re walking down the ramp before the doors open and you look at the stands...I hope [my match] lasts a lot longer so I can absorb the atmosphere.
The football stadium he refers to is MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. As for the amount of time he is in front of the fans this year, that definitely will be longer this year than last. He will join Randy Orton and The Big Show to face The Shield in a six-man tag team match Sunday night at WrestleMania 29.
In the interview, Sheamus also says that, growing up in Ireland, he did not know much about the WWE characters and what went into developing them. Now that he is a member of WWE’s top level of Superstars, he thinks that his fellow wrestlers are relating to the fans much differently than before:
I knew what they did in the ring. I knew [Hulk] Hogan went off and spouted lots of crazy promos, and Ultimate Warrior did the same. They really were just characters. Now the superstars are more like people, more human. And I think that’s a good thing.
WrestleMania 29 gets under way at 7:00 p.m. ET Sunday night.
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