The previous change of his appearance came in 2015 after having the same look since debuting on the WWE main roster in 2009 where he picked up several accolades.
Speaking with talkSPORT, Sheamus revealed what WWE originally wanted to change about his look for recent return. It turns out that they wanted him to wear suspenders and sport a small moustache.
“Mate, I got these notebooks of ideas from creative with like, a small moustache, and suspenders and my hair go over to the side,” Sheamus stated. “It looked almost exactly like Jack Gallagher from 205 Live and I said ‘you know, we have a person who looks just like this here, right?’ Man, if I did any of it any of those pictures, I’d just be done! I would have been toast. The amount of slaggings (abuse) I would have gotten… and that would have just been off my granny! It was just terrible.”
It turns out that the idea of him returning to his roots with his original look was an aspect of his new character. He felt that his previous look was done and that he needed to change things up.
“We just went so far with the Mohawk,” Sheamus went on to say. “The Mohawk was done. I thought about it and, creatively, myself and a guy I work with called Ray, we just talked about it and it was like [debuting the mohawk] so shocking, you know, and I got that reaction ‘you look stupid’ and stuff and it was a great reaction. It was completely different because we we just hit a roadblock with whatever it was. You can’t go further than that.
“So it made sense. People were asking on the channel, on social media – bring back the old Sheamus. So, I did. I wanted to bring back the old music too, but some things you can get and some things you can’t. But yeah, it’s very important, especially the spirit of the Celtic Warrior. That kick-ass, Celtic Warrior vibe. It made sense.”