Sheamus Felt Royal Rumble Kickoff Bout Was ‘A Kick In The Balls,’ Loved Jeff Hardy Feud

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Sheamus recently took part in an interview with Sports Illustrated, where he spoke about his Royal Rumble kickoff match, his feud with Jeff Hardy, and much more. You can check out some of the highlights below: 

On his Royal Rumble kickoff match:

The preshow, that was a kick in the balls, But I just keep pushing forward. I’m not going to complain, I’m just going to work harder. And though it was different without a crowd at the Performance Center, and now at the ThunderDome, it’s given me an opportunity. You have to adapt and make the most of the situation. Cena had a great line in a Celtic Warrior Workout, ‘Always be comfortable in the uncomfortable.’ I feel so natural out there. Nothing is forced.

On his feud with Jeff Hardy:

The Jeff Hardy story hit so many raw nerves. It is definitely one of the favorite feuds of my career, That was very, very personal, and it’s one of my favorite feuds in my career. For me, the pandemic has really given me a chance to be who I really am. I’ve never been afraid of cutting to the bone and saying things that put people in an uproar. The match with Jeff at the end, the barroom, that brought out this new shady side of Sheamus.

On working with Big E:

My intention, as soon as I learned I was working with Big E, was to show he is a tough bastard, I wanted to show a side of him that no one had ever seen. We all know he can joke and crack people up, but when it comes to a fight, he can also hold his own against anybody.

Big E is the full package, He’s one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen in the gym, and he’s one of the most charismatic guys in WWE. He will be a star in this business for years to come. The world saw a different side of Big E, a guy that should be world champion. I hit him as hard as I could last week, and he hit me back even harder. That’s a credit to him. He brought it, and I still have the marks on my back to prove it.

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