One of WWE's most popular superstars has made a lot fewer appearances of late, and there has been some interesting explanations for why Sheamus has been travelling so much recently.
At the end of last month, the Celtic Warrior tweeted a photo of himself at the Cliffs of Moher, saying he was on his way to the remote Skellig Michael Island, where scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII are said to be being filmed.
Amidst speculation, however, the 36-year-old posted a tweet the following day stating: "I can confirm that I won't be reprising role of Darth Vader in #StarWars...I hope that's clear @IrishMirror ;)" after the paper had published an article implying there was a strong possibility he would be taking on the role in the upcoming movie.
Sheamus has previously taken on the part of Darth Vader for a promotional tour of the first film in the Star Wars franchise, a further reason why so many believe the Irishman could be doing so again.
He continued to play with fans and the media alike at the beginning of August, by tweeting: "Well @eoinmurphy22 hit the nail on the head when he said Darth Vader is headed Down Under..U ready #WWEAustralia?" ahead of a trip which took place soon after his return from Ireland.
Change from Champ
The Dublin-born WWE Superstar is one of the company's best-loved wrestlers when it comes to promotion both at home and overseas. Taking on a big film role though, would undoubtedly hinder Sheamus' chances of holding onto his current title of the United States Champion.
Being so interactive and open about the speculation may lead many to believe it is not true, but one thing is for sure - Sheamus has been a very busy man of late. He did however make an appearance at RAW last Monday night in a very physical match-up against Randy Orton. In a hard-fought fight, Orton secured his win by plating an RKO on Sheamus who had just jumped off the top rope.
Many have said Sheamus having the opportunity to play such a dark character as Darth Vader would have a positive impact on his WWE career. It has been suggested that the face of the Brogue Kick needs some sort of boost or change of direction in the business at present, and a heel turn stemming from a film role such as this, would be ideal for him.
What we do know for certain is that everyone's favourite Irishman will continue to have his significant following however his career in WWE pans out in the near future. I for one will always be a big fan of the Celtic Warrior.
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