|By Jay Calderon | March 29, 2013 | Comments|
Recently, former World Heavyweight champion Sheamus was interviewed by DirecTV to promote WrestleMania 29. During the interview, Sheamus discussed his favorite moments, being motivated to be a wrestler by Bret Hart, the International Olympic Committee removing wrestling, working with The Undertaker and more. Here are some of the highlights:
On what he's looking forward to with this year's WrestleMania: "Everything about WrestleMania. I mean, I remember as a kid my fondest memories were of watching 'Mania and dreaming of becoming a WWE superstar. That's probably cliche because a lot of people say it. But I'll tell you something fella, I was the kid coming from Ireland that snuck down a 2 a.m. to watch pay-per-views when my dad and ma were asleep.
"I was creeping down these wooden stairs and these wooden floors. It was actually brutal, it was great when they had carpets, no problem at all. But when they got rid of the carpet and varnished the floors, I'd literally be treading down on tippy-toes all the way down so I wouldn't be heard on the day before school.
"I was in for every pay-per-view but WrestleMania was special. To be involved in WrestleMania 26 when I was there with Triple H -- first of all, I can't believe I'm here and two, I can't believe I can get paid for this. And of course, last year was special with Daniel Bryan.
"But every year you evolve and every year you strive to push the boundaries. That's what is going to happen this year I think. It won't be with The Undertaker, it won't be for the World Heavyweight championship, but I guarantee you that whatever I'll be involved in is going to be very special."
On the difference between performing on Raw or Smackdown! compared to WrestleMania: "Every time I go out there, I get those goosebumps and I get that feeling in my stomach of nerves. I think that never goes away because you're always with a different crowd and it's special to you and it means so much to you. You always get nervous, I always get nervous.
"But for 'Mania, it was incredible. I remember being at the stadium and being all hyped up. I'd literally been on Raw for maybe four months, I'd already been WWE champion -- I'd done a awful lot very quickly. This was another step being in there with such a superstar like Triple H.
"I just remember walking the ramp and looking around and going, 'Wow, this is unbelievable, it's like a huge football stadium.' Then, I remember going down and...I was blown away. I remember my knees, for just a half a second, just got weak. I actually thought I was going to go down. I composed myself and I went down that ramp. It felt like it took me 5 minutes to get to the ring. That's how long that entrance way was for that 'Mania.
"I remember getting in there and seeing Irish flags and trying to pick people out. It was absolutely incredible."
On some of his favorite WrestleMania moments: "I loved the Roddy Piper vs. Adrien Adonis match with Jimmy Hart involved. It wasn't a long match but it was an exciting and fun match with guys like Jimmy Hart being pulled in by Adrien Adonis, Roddy Piper being on fire and both of them being pulled over the top rope. Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake coming down and cutting Adonis' hair and him freaking out. That, to me, was a great match.
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