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Returning WWE superstar credits Triple H with ‘saving’ stagnated career-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

He has been full of praise for the impact Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque had on him.

Returning WWE superstar credits Triple H with ‘saving’ stagnated career-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

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WWE superstar Sheamus is poised to return on Monday Night Raw after months away from the ring.

The Celtic Warrior, whose last match was a loss to Edge in his WWE retirement bout in August 2023, is no stranger to highs and lows in his career and he has heaped praise on Triple H for keeping him going back after his early run with the WWE Championship.

Speaking exclusively to last summer, he recalled: ‘I had a conversation with Triple H years ago, I was kinda going through a rut.

‘I’d already been WWE Champion for a while [in 2009], I came out of that, I felt like I was on the way down because I had such a quick historic rise. But when that happens, where do you go?

‘He just said, “Grassroots, man. Live events. You’ve gotta go in there and hit it at the grass roots”. That’s what I did!’

It was a lightbulb moment for the Irish heavyweight, who has always taken ‘tremendous pride’ in his work, and he wants that to shine through whether he’s on television or performing at live events around the world.

Sheamus is poised to return on Monday Night Raw (Picture: WWE)

He has been full of praise for Triple H (Picture: WWE)

Before Triple H was his boss, the two were in ring rivals (Picture: WWE)

‘If I don’t go out there and put my heart and soul into it, then what am I doing, you know? I love what I do, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I go out there and I give everything,’ he said.

‘The banger matches, everything, every time I come out of that ring it looks like I’ve been through a war. That’s the way it should be. I don’t go in there – there’s a thing called phoning it in.’

Sheamus admitted sometimes he has to encourage younger stars to still throw everything into the live shows – traditionally known as ‘house shows’ – for themselves and the audience.

He added: ”The cameras aren’t on but there’s people in the crowd. You need to step up! These people are paying money to see you. Just because there’s no cameras on, doesn’t mean you don’t go full tilt, you don’t go 75%!’

Sheamus felt like his career was starting to stagnate after his early WWE Championship win (Picture: WWE)

The former King of the Ring had a lot of success early on (Picture: WWE)

Although his mentality has largely been the same throughout his career, he admitted he would love to revisit his early WWE Championship runs – the first of which came six months after his television debut – with the experience he has now.

‘It was all happening so fast. I was on the road five days a week, I just didn’t have a chance to breath, and I was really enjoying it,’ he recalled.

‘My experience level was not there it was, I wasn’t as comfortable in my own skin as I am now. Things happened. To be honest with ya fella, I was working really hard – I think I’m working harder now than I ever had.

Sheamus leaves everything in the ring (Picture: WWE)

His most recent WWE match was against Edge last summer (Picture: WWE)

‘I’m training six days a week lifting weights, in the gym, my diets right, don’t really drink much – I have a pint now and again . It’s just a different mentality now – older, wiser head on me.’

The highs and lows of a career in wrestling are well documented, and Sheamus’ upcoming return is further proof of that as fans wait to find out what this next stage holds.

‘If you get to comfortable, you just drift,’ he told us near the end of his last run. ‘The ups and downs have kept me motivated, and kept me hungry.’

WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on TNT Sports 1.

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