It’s not just the physical prowess that one knows wrestler Stephen Farrelly aka Sheamus for, but also his sense of humour. “Wearing spandex feels like you are a superhero. I love wearing spandex,” joked the 38-year-old, chatting with us on his recent India visit.
“I got a king’s welcome and its unbelievable. Ever since I landed in Delhi, I have been showered with so much love and respect. India is a great country with amazing fans who have been watching the sport for a long time. It’s great that you finally get to meet them,” said the Irish-origin wrestler, who visited Jaipur and Mumbai to promote the American entertainment firm, WWE.
In Mumbai, Sheamus met John Abraham, promoted the actor’s upcoming film, and also gifted him the heavyweight championship belt. Impressed with John’s physique, he said John could replace his colleague, Cesaro.
Not a stranger to the film industry, Sheamus starred in this year’s Hollywood film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Can we expect him in a Bollywood movie anytime soon? “I’d love that, but not sure if I can dance the way the actors do here. Maybe there’s a way I can just get around and get the lead role in a Bollywood film? That would be great, right?” he laughed.
As we shifted the topic back to wrestling, Sheamus neither confirmed nor denied rumours of Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar joining WWE, but said: “It will be great to have more Indians challenging and fighting it out. We’ve seen what (The Great) Khali has achieved in WWE. I’m sure others will do just as good.”