Sheamus Speaks Out - Career So Far, WWE's Changes, Attitude
AC: Obviously, it's been a whirlwind year for you. It really is incredible how fast you've moved up the ranks. In kind of an overview, what the last year been like for you? I imagine a year ago you wrestling in front of 100 people somewhere in Florida, right?
Sheamus: That's right. A year ago I hadn't even debuted yet. I was still down in the developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, still dreaming of performing in front of the WWE Universe. But, honestly fella, I couldn't have dreamed a better experience for me so far. It's been phenomenal. I've been WWE champion. I was in Mania against Triple-H. And I have this Fatal 4-Way coming up with thereof the top names you'll ever see in this business – Edge, John Cena and Randy Orton. It's going to cap off an amazing year. It'll be capped off even better when I walk away with the WWE championship.
AC: Is it important for you in this year, 2010, to prove that 2009 wasn't a fluke? You had your world title run and some main events during those few months, but then obviously moved down the card a little bit. Is it important for you to entrench yourself now as a top tier player up there with Randy Orton, John Cena and the top names.
Sheamus: Yeah, and Fatal 4-Way is the perfect chance for me to show that I'm there – as good if not better than the rest of the performers. But I have to say this. I don't think I ever left the top tier. I went into a feud with triple-H and I've been in a feud with Orton. I mean, yeah, I was out of the title picture, which was basically taken up by Cena and Batista. But to be honest with you , fella, every year is important. I mean you really can't ever look back on your achievements. I'll look back at me achievements when I'm 60 and when I'm not doing this anymore. For me there are so many hungry athletes or performers coming up. Like you watch all these new guys on NXT paying their dues and coming up. All these guys are just as hungry as I was. But I believe that I'm hungrier than everybody in the company. But these people are after top spots. And for me, when I first came here, I never wanted to be just … I never wanted to just say, "Oh yeah, I'm a WWE entertainer, a WWE superstar. It's great and I'm just happy to be here." I've always wanted to be the best in the world I'm in. Like I said, I believe I'm better than anyone in the company. I believe that the rise I've had in the first year is because I've worked harder than anybody. And this year is going to be running through everybody who doubted me or thought it was a fluke. And I'll do that every year until the day that I retire. That's just my attitude. That's the way I think. Us Irish are kind of like that. We're hard grafters. We like to prove everybody wrong.
AC: Do you think it's that attitude that allowed you to climb so far, so fast. I'm sure a lot of the guys that you worked with are still down in Florida, or maybe now in NXT or that kind of thing. What do you think separates you from them?
Sheamus: I think – and I'm not being big headed here, fella – but it's the attitude man. I think it's the fact that I've never waited around for a person to come to me and tell me what to do. I've always taken the bull by the horns and tried to push as hard as I can and make the most of an opportunity. In FCW, I pushed as hard as I could and became Florida heavyweight champion. And when I was given an opportunity in WWE, I ran through ECW and then was given an opportunity on Raw. I just took it and I didn't stop. I think if you cower around in this life especially to do anything… Us Irish, because we're hard and we're grafters we've always had to slog for everything we've got. And I've felt that that attitude has helped me an awful lot. You won't see me waiting around for anything, fella. I'll always work hard. I think if someone worked as hard as me, I'd just work harder. That's my attitude, and I think that's what's made me successful. I just keep pushing and I won't let anybody outdo me, ever.