Sheamus is certainly famous.
Even those who don’t usually watch wrestling know him as “the man with the red hair”.
That fiery hair matches his red-hot temper that accompanies him when he’s inside the ring.
Since entering the WWE, Sheamus AKA The Celtic Warrior has taken the world by storm.
He has also proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
The Irishman already has some pretty heavy titles under his belt: WWE Champion; US Champion, 2010 King of the Ring; 2012 Royal Rumble Match winner; world heavyweight champion.
Definitely not bad for an ex-singer and ex-IT engineer who started out with WWE in 2009.
It was natural that Sheamus take up wrestling after watching it on TV while growing up.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, the reigning WWE US Champion said, “I was drawn to it as a kid, I felt that wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, were close to real-life superheroes “
Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man inspired Sheamus
Born as Stephen Farrelly, Sheamus went on to defeat John Cena and become the first Irish-born WWE Champion in a Tables Match at WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
After that earth-shattering victory, the Celtic Warrior has since become a two-time WWE Champion, the 2010 King of the Ring, the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble – where he beat Daniel Bryan in just 18 seconds at WrestleMania to win the World Heavyweight Title – and most recently a two-time US Champion.
Sitting up close and personal with the humble, polite and good-humoured wrestling superstar, Sheamus wasn’t surprised at the large gaming community here in Dubai.
“When I looked out my hotel window Dubai looks like a futuristic city, just like Blade Runner, very futuristic city,” said Sheamus with his distinctive Irish accent.
He added, “it seems very advanced, and in many ways more advanced than cities in America and Ireland.”
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, the 6 foot 4 inches 267lbs-heavy wrestling superstar visited the city during the GamesME ’14 exhibition this weekend at the Dubai World Trade Centre to promote the upcoming video game WWE 2K15.
It will be available on PlayStation and X-Box, and is set to be released internationally on October 31.
But fans in Dubai got a hands-on sneak-peek trial of the game and also had an opportunity to meet their WWE idol.
“I’m surprised at how many cultures there are here in the UAE, the world’s getting even smaller!” exclaimed The Celtic Warrior.
He continued, “Dubai is amazing, the culture is amazing, and everybody I got to talk to including yourself has been very friendly and a pleasure to talk to.”
The tower of fury that is Sheamus, said he wanted to portray an Irish warrior, and move away from limiting Irish stereotypes of leprechauns and lucky charms.
The muscle-bound superstar spoke about how he was bullied at school because he was ‘different’.
“I faced a tough period in school because of my height and weight but I was lucky enough to have dealt with it successfully.
“I’m aware there are people who weren't that lucky and they suffer from severe depression.
“It's important for people to know that bullying isn't cool and it's important that kids come together and say this is not going to be tolerated as there's strength in numbers, “ explained the Celtic Warrior.
Sheamus went on to use his past negative experience into positive energy that helped to make him into the high-profile sports entertainer he is today.
"I had people laughing at me when I told them I wanted to be a WWE superstar and to become a champion.
“They said I would never make it. That pushed me to prove people wrong all the time”
The Celtic Warrior added, “People who are negative are people too scared to take chances on their own, jealous of other peoples aspirations and goals, they’re afraid to take a leap, people who want to take a chance should give it everything you’ve got, and if it doesn’t work out, at least you tried.”
Bieber, are you ready?
One celebrity he would love to fight in the ring?
With a chuckle, he answered, “That’s easy: Justin Bieber! I gave him an award last time and that picture comes back to haunt me all the time, it’s the way he carries himself around - he’s just a big muppet, even if he’s 4 foot 2 he still needs to be taken down!”