Sheamus faced WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther earlier this month at WWE Clash at The Castle from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, in what has been described by many as a Match of the Year candidate. Despite the loss, The Celtic Warrior received a huge ovation from the crowd after the game.
Sheamus appeared on WWE’s After The Bell podcast this week, Corey Graves shared how much the match and post-match ovation means to him, calling it the greatest moment of his career, and one of the greatest of his life.
“They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and success doesn’t happen overnight,” Sheamus said. “It took me 13 years in my WWE career to earn that moment and it was unbelievable. The reception I got when I went there, I didn’t know how it was going to go. Gunther clearly has a cult following having been an NXT UK Champion for many years so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s a moment I will never forget. It’s probably the greatest moment I’ve had in WWE so far.”
He continued: ‘I’m stealing the show here, there’s no doubt about it. I went out against the boy, great boy, great wrestler, very aggressive, knows his part, great heel, great opponent. I went out with no promotion, no mural on the walls, no press conference. I went there two weeks before that game we had. The biggest promotion was previously the SmackDown. That’s all I needed to blow the roof of a 70,000 seat arena. I don’t need any of this shit. I don’t need a big painting on the wall or press conferences or promotional packages. Give me an arena, 20 minutes in the ring with a formidable opponent, and I’ll give you the game of the night every time. No one will see the brutality, aggression and passion I bring into that ring. It’s taken 14 years, but it doesn’t matter how long it took me, because that moment in Cardiff was the moment of my career, one of the greatest moments of my life, and if it has lasted that long, even better, because I know I have earned every cheer and every part of that experience.”
Sheamus currently leads The Brawling Brutes on SmackDown. He will be in attendance as Ridge Holland and Butch challenge the undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos at tonight’s SmackDown.
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