WWE News: Sheamus contemplated retiring in 2019 after injury nightmare

WWE star Sheamus

After being a mainstay in WWE since 2009, last year was a particularly tough one for Sheamus.

He's experienced the highest of the highs being a multi-time world champion, a Royal Rumble winner amongst many other accolades, but for much of 2019 the Irishman was on the sidelines.

Just days after taking part at WrestleMania 35 inside MetLife Stadium, the Celtic Warrior suffered a concussion on SmackDown, which put him on the shelf for a number of months.

There were so many rumours about him not being able to be cleared from it, and then speculation started about the state of his neck, and it was reported in 2018 that Sheamus was battling cervical spinal stenosis.

Looking in better shape than ever though, Sheamus looks ready to compete at the highest level once again, but he's admitted there were serious doubts in his mind last year as to whether he was ever going to make it back into the ring.

Sheamus has returned to our TV screens after recovering from injury

"It's something [retirement] that's always in the back of your mind," Sheamus told Gary Cassidy of SportsKeeda.

"It's no secret that I had a couple of issues physically, a few injuries, because it is physical what we do - and then my style as well, it trebles that, you know?

There were a couple times when I thought, "Will I make it back in there?" Especially when I got a concussion in that match after WrestleMania.

"But I used that time really well, I went to physiotherapy, went to boxing, kickboxing. I got myself in the best shape possible, dropped 40lbs.

"I feel better, look better, and I've never been hungrier to get back in the ring. For me, the first ten years were just a warm-up. This is the real deal now. I'm just starting, mate.

"I'm telling you, my body feels amazing. I feel better at 42 than I did at 32."

A couple of months after reports suggested that a return was imminent, vignettes for Sheamus' return aired in November 2019.

Sheamus lays out Shorty G with a Brogue Kick on SmackDown

And on the first episode of SmackDown in 2020, he made his triumphant return as he looked to save Shorty G from a beat-down at the hands of The Revival.

But instead he almost booted his head off his shoulders, solidifying himself as a heel and putting the blue brand on notice.

Sheamus wrestled his first unofficial match last night since his return at the BT Sport Launch Party in London, defeating Andrade, and it would be no surprise to see him throwing someone over the top rope in the Royal Rumble next weekend.

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