Inside The Dragon’s Lair: The Rise of Sheamus
Hello everyone my name is Dakota Thompson but my friends and followers refer to me affectionately as The Dragon Monster and this is Inside the Dragon’s Lair. This is my debut column and I sincerely hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. A little background on me I am from a city an hour away from Toronto Ontario Canada, I have been following wrestling for almost 20 years now, and I love it with all of my heart. This will be my first column and since I am of Irish descent but born in Canada, I shall write about my fellow tan challenged human being, Sheamus.
Stephen Farrelly was born on January 28 1978, in Clonsilla, Dublin, Ireland. As a child he was intrigued by wrestling from a very young age. He regularly watched World Wrestling Federation on Sky Sports, and from watching British Wrestling on ITV’s World of Sport. When he was ready to begin his career he trained at the famous Monster Factory, run by Larry Sharpe.
Farrelly began his career wrestling for Irish Whip Wrestling where he also trained in their school. All of his success in the promotion lead to him earning a match against Frontier Wrestling Alliance British Heavyweight Champion Alex Shane, but just came up short due to outside interference. In 2005, he squared off against Darren Burridge to crown the first IWW Heavyweight Champion in the finals of a one day tournament, in which he was successful in becoming the promotion’s first champion. While working for Irish Whip Wrestling, he encountered a man who he would later work with in WWE, a man by the name of Drew Galloway, commonly known to WWE fans as Drew McIntyre. The two shared a long and heated rivalry which saw Galloway come up short in many instance until finally, Galloway was able to defeat Farrelly for the IWW Heavyweight Championship in Farrelly’s last appearance for the promotion.
Over the next couple of years, he would face off against very talented wrestlers such as Douglas Williams and Nigel McGuiness. He would spend a bit more time in the British independents before making his way to super stardom and eventually relocating to achieve his dream. It was his successful career in the independents in Europe that led to him being recruited by WWE to be a part of the security team that escorted DX out of the arena in 2006. His part in that specific program would enable him to receive a tryout match against reoccurring arch nemesis Drew Galloway. But it was not until the following year in Milan and London that he would receive another string of tryout matches against Galloway, Stu Bennett, (known to WWE fans as Wade Barrett) Jimmy Wang Yang and Domino. His perseverance and his great work ethic led to him being signed to a developmental deal with WWE in 2007.
It was on October 2 2007 that Sheamus made his debut for the WWE’s developmental territory FCW in a match against Bryan Kelly, a match that he won. He would then embark on a series of short term tag team competition with wrestlers Hade Vansen and Jake Hager more commonly known as Jack Swagger. He would then shift his focus to singles competition and eventually defeat his former tag team partner Hager for the FCW Heavyweight Championship. His title run would soon come to an end at the hands of Eric Escobar on December 11 2007 in a fatal four-way match that also featured Joe Hennig, and Drew McIntyre. He would spend the rest of 2008 pursuing both tag team and singles titles but coming up short in all of his chances. On July 22nd 2008 he worked a dark match against R Truth in a losing attempt. The following year, Sheamus would work RAW house shows frequently.
On June 30 2009, Sheamus made his debut, working as a heel winning a match against a local competitor. It was then that he was thrust into a feud with talented veteran Goldust and the feud was well received by many in the wrestling community. Sheamus would end the feud with a win over Goldust on an episode of ECW. It was then that he was written into a feud with Shelton Benjamin, though this would be cut short as Sheamus would be moved over to RAW shortly after the feud’s beginning. His debut on RAW would see him constantly defeat Jamie Noble and eventually retire him as an active competitor. Sheamus made his WWE PPV debut at the Survivor Series in a winning effort as a member of The Miz’s team with him, Miz, and McIntyre being the only survivors on their team. The following night on RAW, Sheamus would start to see his hard work come to fruition as he won a breakout battle royal for wrestlers who had never won a world championship. When Sheamus signed the contract he put John Cena through a table as Guest Host of RAW for that evening former Governor Jesse the Body Ventura would announce that the match would be a Tables Match at the TLC PPV in December.
Sheamus would begin his meteoric rise to the top with a win over John Cena at the WWE TLC PPV making him the first Irish born WWE Champion. He would successfully defend his belt against Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble; however he would then lose it at the Elimination Chamber PPV by Triple H, suffering a concussion in the process. After he lost his championship, he would then become involved in a feud with the man who put him out of commission, Triple H. It was in this feud Sheamus made his Wrestlemania debut in a losing effort to Triple H in a very good match. However, Sheamus would get the best of his nemesis at Extreme Rules when he attacked Triple H at the beginning of the PPV and defeated him later in the show.
Over the next month or two, Sheamus would remain a threat in the main event division until he won the championship again on June 20th at the Fatal Four-way PPV becoming champion for the second time which he is currently.
In conclusion it appears as if Sheamus is destined for stardom within the WWE. I personally love his attitude, his unique look and the fact that I am as pale as he is. A lot of people within the Internet Wrestling Community were sceptical of his push but it appears as if Sheamus has proven his worth to the wrestling world and I personally look forward to seeing him as a main eventer for years to come.
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