The WWE isn't the easiest of places to work, with egos and unwritten rules controlling basically everything a wrestler does in and out of the locker room.
Apparently, one superstar who happens to have one of those egos is 'The Celtic Warrior' Sheamus.
Former WWE wrestler Eric Escobar appeared on the Pancake and Powerslams podcast recently and revealed what life was like when he was back in the WWE and their former developmental territory, FCW.
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The Big Guy Complex
Escobar was asked about the rumours that Sheamus was difficult to work with in the ring and his words didn't paint a kind picture of the Irishman.
"He always wanted to be the dominant big guy," Escobar started off as saying.
The two were in FCW at the same time and Escobar was the FCW Heavyweight Champion on one occasion, working programs with Sheamus O'Shaunessy - as he was known then - regularly, actually winning the title from the ginger giant.
Apparently, Sheamus always thought he was the monster and that nobody else - no matter their size - could pull off any power moves on him.
"If I stand next to you, we're basically the same size, so there's no big guy/little guy situation going on here."
"When he got in the mindset that he was big guy and I was little guy, he got a little bit more hesitant about a few things in the match."
Hard Hitting Style
Then there is the fact that Sheamus is notoriously stiff in the ring, hitting his opponents much harder than they normally would be. In New Japan Pro Wrestling, this would be fine, but in America it is a problem.
Apparently, Escobar and several other FCW wrestlers confronted O'Shaunessy about this and he tried his best to change his behaviour.
When Escobar and Sheamus next got in a ring, however, the Irishman was again stiffing him, so this time, the Puerto Rican decided to hit back, hard.
"I always give the guys a 'three strike rule.' So he pops me one, and I go, okay - one. He pops me twice - two. He pops me three times - okay, my turn," said Escobar.
"So, after I popped him back, I left my [hand print] stamped on his back for like a week. I think after that, we had no more problems. He wasn't stiff or anything."
So, if you do face Sheamus in the near future at all, somehow, then you know what to do if he starts stiffing you. Just hit him straight back.
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