The last time Sheamus was seen in WWE action, it was against Edge in what could be the WWE Hall of Famer’s final match. It was an emotional bout that saw The Celtic Warrior unsuccessfully challenge his longtime friend before disappearing from WWE TV. With Sheamus away, his Brawling Brutes brethren have stayed active. Butch has been competing in the WWE NXT Heritage Cup Invitational tournament while continuing to tag with Ridge Holland on WWE Friday Night Smackdown.
Earlier today, on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that Sheamus is dealing with “a really bad shoulder injury.” He noted the injury is the reason he has been off WWE TV and not competing at house shows. There was no further update given on the severity of the injury or when he could return to action. Prior to his bout against Edge, Sheamus competed in the WWE SummerSlam Slim Jim Battle Royal but lost to the eventual winner, LA Knight, whom he had been feuding with on TV.
Sheamus has been with WWE for nearly twenty years, signing with the sports entertainment juggernaut in 2006 after impressing officials in a tryout match against fellow un-signed talent, Drew Galloway, now Drew McIntyre. In the nearly two decades since the two men have wrestled each other dozens of times as signed WWE Superstars. Their last in-ring encounter took place at WWE WrestleMania 39 when they battled Gunther in a triple threat match for the WWE Interconentintal Championship match. Both lost, and The Ring General has gone on to become the longest-reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion in history.
The Brawling Brutes, Sheamus’ current stable, was formed shortly after the 2021 WWE Draft and saw former WWE NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne rechristened Butch. Holland, who was an up-and-coming WWE NXT star before making the leap to the main roster, rounds out the trio.