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Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) is an Irish professional wrestler. He is signed with WWE and competes on the Smack Down brand. He is also the current World Heavyweight Champion.


Tropes associated with Sheamus include:

  • Aborted Arc: Right after his Heel Face Turn, it looked like Sheamus was setting up for a pretty good feud with uber monster heel Mark Henry. But The Big Show's return from injury torpedoed the storyline and we never got to see them go after it in a real, intense feud.
  • Adored by the Network / Screwed by the Network: Apparently his bi-polar booking could be attributed to being well liked by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H and not being liked at all by producer Kevin Dunn.
  • Arch Enemy: John Cena, Triple H, Christian
  • Ascended Meme/Brick Joke: More a meme coming full circle. After Edge called him Beaker one night, the IWC took it and ran with it. However, during the Halloween episode of Raw, it came back full circle when the Muppets were hosting. After Beaker was bullied by Christian, and Christian was run off by Sheamus, Sheamus told Beaker he wasn't gonna be able to make it to the family reunion this year.
  • Awesome Yet Practical: The Brogue Kick. It looks cool, but also looks legitimately painful and can be used from pretty much anywhere.
    • Case in point. He becomes the first person to beat Mark Henry in a few months. How does he do this? Not by executing some convoluted roll up, an extremely deadly high flying maneuver, or a highly complicated slam. He just kicks him so hard in the head Mark Henry is out cold for ten seconds resulting in a count out.
  • Ax Crazy
  • Backhanded Apology: To John Laurinaitis
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Long Robe: As King Sheamus.
  • The Berserker
  • Berserk Button: Don't slap the guy. Or spit on him, for that matter.
  • Big "What?": His somewhat understandable verbatim reaction to John Laurinaitis fining him $500,000. Most of the reasonable commentators agreed that, while punishment for his actions [1] was warranted, the fine amount was a bit over the top, given the situation.
  • Blood Knight: Even as a face, his primary motivation is to just get into fight after fight.
    • Hell, it's the main reason he didn't walk out on Triple H like the others. During their feud in mid 2010, Sheamus cracked Triple H in the back of a head with a lead pipe during The Game's heartfelt farewell to Shawn Michaels. Yeah, Triple H could've sued Sheamus for assault or the like, but instead he picked himself up and gave Sheamus what the Irishman himself admitted to be the biggest arse kickin' he ever got. It's something Sheamus grudgingly, but willingly, respects Triple H for.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • But Not Too White: Subverted.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Sheamus doesn't care much if you're distracted. He came to fight, and if you're busy doing or looking at something else, he'll just nail you with a Brogue Kick as soon as he sees the whites of your eyes. Daniel Bryan found this out the hard way.
  • Creepy Cool Celtic Crosses: From his High Cross powerbomb to the loads of crucifixes on his merch, Sheamus has a lot of these.
  • Death From Above: He has started using a diving top-rope shoulder tackle as one of his signature moves. Usually pulls it out about once a match.
  • Demoted to Extra: A multi-time WWE Champion who fought Triple H in a high profile match at Wrestlemania 26, put him out of action for nearly a year at the next PPV and became King of the Ring. Since winning KotR, however, he's subsequently lost more often than he's won. When Triple H returned, Sheamus interrupted his promo... and was promptly beaten down like he was an afterthought and then subsequently squashed by Evan Bourne. He managed to win the United States Championship from Daniel Bryan, who invoked his rematch clause for Wrestlemania... in a match that subsequently got pushed off the card into a dark match that turned into a meaningless battle royal won by the Great Khali. From main eventer who put a legend out of action to not even on the show a year later. Isn't it sad, Sheamus?
    • Been reverted recently, he's now fighting Mark Henry, who's become an Ax Crazy Blood Knight that no one else is willing to fight. One of the first things he did, ironically, was beat Khali.
    • He won the Royal Rumble, so we will see him as one of the co-main eventers at WrestleMania, fella!
      • Ironically, he faced Daniel Bryan for the championship.
  • Evil Redhead: Ditto
  • Executive Meddling: The rumored reason for Sheamus's Demotion to Extra is that WWE executive producer Kevin Dunn doesn't care for him as a person.
    • On the other end of the spectrum, he's very good friends with Triple H, which some believe is the reason he won the WWE title so quickly.
  • Fake Nationality: Averted. He's actually Irish.
  • Fan Nickname: "Lobster Head". His song goes "It's a shameful thing / You lost your head" not "Lobster Head".
  • Fatal Flaw: His Hair-Trigger Temper gets him in trouble from time to time. He's been DQ'ed or counted out of several matches. Not to mention getting fined an impossibly high amount of money in storyline for kicking a ref in the face. (And this has all been during his Face run.)
  • Fighting Irish
  • Fiery Redhead : He isn't a person you don't want to make mad.
  • Finishing Move: The Brogue Kick, High Cross Powerbomb and White Noise (Over The Shoulder Back to Belly piledriver).
  • Five Moves of Doom: Perhaps not exactly five, but he does have a set of signature moves that one usually sees through the match. His middle rope-assisted strikes to the chest, a flying (top rope) or vaulting (ring apron) shoulder block, running powerslam, Irish Curse (modified Ura-nage backbreaker), and the Brogue Kick. Depending on the size of the opponent, he may add or substitute the High (or Celtic? No one can seem to decide) Cross Powerbomb.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Not any more
  • Genius Bruiser: Was an IT technician before he was a wrestler.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Part and parcel of being the stereotypical Fiery Redhead.
  • Heel Face Turn: Performed one to fight Mark Henry. Came with a quite a few levels in Badass.
  • Heroic Albino: As a face. Before that, he was an Evil Albino, naturally.
  • I Hate Past Me: Admits that he became a bully.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: He wrestles while sporting...ShounenHair?
  • Irish Curse: One of his signature moves, and a former Red Baron from before he came to WWE.
  • Jerkass: As a Heel.
  • Large Ham: Just like most other guys in Professional Wrestling: it's just funnier with his Irish accent.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Subtly. Right around the time that he won the World Heavyweight Championship, he changed from his black-and-green trunks to black-and-red ones.
  • Leitmotif: He's ashamed for they lost your head!
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: Uses this to insult Mark Henry during their feud, normally stating it's an "Old Irish story" or the like. The implication ultimately ends up insulting Mark Henry in some way, shape, or form.
    • Not just Mark Henry, he does it to other Superstars as well, who he is confronting or set to wrestle against.
  • Lightning Bruiser: 275 pounds - slingshot shoulder tackle. That's all that needs to be said, really.
  • Mad Eye: If the picture above is any indication, he's got a pretty good crazy face.
  • Made of Iron: Recently. He came back from getting the Punt from Randy Orton in one week. If any more needed to be said, look at the end of his match with Mark Henry at Summerslam 2011. Henry smashes him through the barricade around ringside! Sure, he didn't make the 10 count, but the fact he was still conscious enough to try deserves mention. He misses absolutely no action from this and comes back that Friday seemingly unhurt.
    • Lampshaded by Michael Cole on the August 26, 2011 episode of Smackdown, who points out that Sheamus can endure a massive amount of pain.
    • On separate occasions, Randy Orton hit him with the RKO and John Cena hit him with the Attitude Adjustment... only for him to get up in less than a minute and knock them out cold with the Brogue Kick.
    • Mark Henry gave him the World's Strongest Slam onto the steel steps. The announcers made it out to be crippling injury. He comes back next monday, running to the ring to help John Cena.
    • The very next day on Super Smackdown he faces the Great Khali and gets attacked by Jinder Mahal. After taking a few blows, he dodges a Khali Chop, Brogue Kicks him, then he gives Jinder a High Cross.
    • In a recent match against Wade Barret, Christian interferes and soon Barret and Christian are beating on Sheamus who is trapped in a corner. Not only does Sheamus fight out of it, he delivers a Brogue Kick to Barret and nearly powerbombs Christian.
    • There's also been the slightly common occurrence of him kicking out of powerful moves at a 1 count.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Talks a big game about how much of a Badass he is, and with his Lightning Bruiser style he certainly could live up to his own hype. However, he has proven himself a cringing coward when pitted against an equal opponent.
    • Being averted. He now is backing up his claims. Powerbombed Sin Cara through a ladder, tanked the Punt of Doom, stood up to Mark Henry when no one else would and made the big man back off. And then breaking out of the Khali Vicegrip! Through sheer brute force! Heck, Mark Henry keeps running away from him! Originally, it was just because he had a steel chair, but now just Sheamus coming is enough to send Mark running for the locker room!
  • Mondegreen: Sheamus theme music falls in to this. "Lost her head" gets interpreted as Lobster head. Also. Sheamus' Irish accent also makes it easy to become mondegreened - especially when he says, "Fact is..."
  • Oireland: Though he does come by the nationality as honestly as one possibly can - he was born and raised in Dublin.
  • One-Hit Kill: You might be plenty tough, but if that Brogue Kick hits, you're not getting up.
  • One of Us: Is a big fan of The Hulk and Spider-Man.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He did not want to be another funny drunk Irishman, instead playing up the warrior culture of Ireland, Your Mileage May Vary on whether he's still a stereotype.
    • His explanation for standing up to the rampaging Mark Henry? "I'm Irish!"
  • Red Baron: The Celtic Warrior and The Great White.
  • Redemption Promotion: His recent Heel Face Turn completely reverted his Badass Decay to the point he beat the Great Khali, who'd been on the warpath as of late, and forced his way out of the Khali Vicegrip through sheer brute strength! He overpowered Khali! TWICE!!!
  • Shout-Out: Has recently started using a finisher that was used by his spiritual predecessor, Dave "Fit" Finlay, in WWE for a number of years.
  • Squash Match: How he won his World Heavyweight at Wrestlemania 28. It took all of 18 seconds.
  • Underwear of Power
  • Unstoppable Rage: If you get him mad, heaven help you. Even his Heel Face Turn hasn't changed this aspect of his character.
  • Verbal Tic: He ends his sentences with fella, fella.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Has been called out on a couple of occasions for his rather liberal use of the Brogue Kick. First, he kicked Daniel Bryan in the head, while the latter was turning around to get a good-luck kiss from his girlfriend. Yes, Daniel Bryan was a dick, but it was rather unsporting. Then, he does something very similar to a returning Alberto Del Rio the next day. Johnny Laurinaitis of all people calls him out on it. But when Sheamus loses the match because of a bad call by the ref, he proceeds to kick the ref in the face, too. Really?
  • When He Smiles: As a face, Sheamus does a lot of smiling. Not Slasher Smile either, honest-to-goodness happy smiling. It makes him look so friendly.
  • Writer on Board: Although it's never once been brought up in Kayfabe, he and Triple H share a friendly personal relationship, which some point to as the reason he was pushed so heavily so soon after his arrival. [2] Although, at the same time, his face run has gotten over rather swimmingly with the fans.

That's Sheamus, fella.

Notes

  1. i.e. blowing his top and kicking a ref in the face after a bad call
  2. Reportedly Chris Jericho was meant to win the 2012 Royal Rumble, but Triple H's influence spurred creative to give Sheamus the victory.
  3. that being the shortest Wrestlemania match
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