For the second time this summer, Sheamus is pushing back on rumors of poor morale backstage at WWE.
He did so in June, when Mark Henry talked about the demoralizing effect of multiple rounds of post-WrestleMania 37 talent releases. Now, while he doesn’t directly address any recent cuts (and his interview with Ryan Satin on FOX Sports’ latest Out Of Character podcast was almost certainly recorded prior to Bray Wyatt’s release and subsequent reports of the reaction to that among wrestlers), Sheamus is again letting the world know it’s not all doom-and-gloom among “the boys”.
“I said a little while ago, talked about a couple releases - which you know, no one ever wants to see releases. I lost a lot of friends who are no longer with the company. And I said, they asked me how the atmosphere was, and I said, ‘The atmosphere is good.’
And obviously like, ‘Sheamus is lying because how can the atmosphere be good?’ But the truth of the matter is, it is good. The lads have the craic, they joke, they rib each other... we’re all slagging each other off. It’s a really, really good vibe, and it’s a lot of good lads in that locker room. I think the future is bright for the company. There’s a lot of talent as well. I feel the guys coming in now, and the girls, are super talented.”
Sheamus goes on to talk about Nikki A.S.H.’s and how deserving her recent Raw Women’s title win was. Presumably he’s using her as an example of both the talent level and something the locker room was excited about, but Satin moves the conversation on before he can tie the ideas together.
What do you think? Is the Celtic Warrior giving us an accurate picture of the talent’s morale? Or are you going to say “Sheamus is lying because how can the atmosphere be good?”