WWE United States Champion Sheamus returned to the United States from a trip to Ireland this past weekend and as noted, worked a Superstars match on Monday night. He did not work RAW and did not appear at Tuesday night's SmackDown or Main Event tapings. He did work today's live event in Australia. There's been no word yet on why the United States Champion missed a week of TV this close to SummerSlam.

Sheamus called his visit to Ireland an "epic trip home." We noted that Sheamus was rumored to be playing Darth Vader in upcoming Star Wars movies after he was seen at a location where filming was taking place in Ireland. Sheamus previously dressed as Darth Vader while working a promotional tour for Star Wars Episode 1 after being spotted by promoter Peter Aiken.

Sheamus fueled the Star Wars rumors last week by tweeting a photo of a special Darth Vader Lightsaber that was sent to him by Mattel, which you can see below:

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