Irishman Wins Royal Rumble

A Dublin man has become the first ever Irishman to win the WWE Royal Rumble.

Two time WWE Champion Sheamus, real name Stephen Farrelly, defied the odds to overcome 29 superstars enroute to victory.

The win guarantees the superstar a title shot of his choosing at the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania, which will be held on April 1. Sheamus now has a huge opportunity to reclaim the gold and will be keen to put on a solid performance at Wrestlemania, having been dropped from the card at the final hour in 2011.

Cabra native Sheamus entered the bout at number 22 and used his brute strength to persevere, overcoming a tense battle with Chris Jericho to win the rumble, knocking the returning superstar to the floor with his devastating Brogue Kick.

The win puts The Celtic Warrior up there with some of the finest superstars of all time who went on to win the Royal Rumble such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

He is now faced with a decision that will envy his fellow superstars, does he stay on the Smackdown brand and challenge Daniel Bryan for his title or does he jump ship to Raw and face CM Punk for his championship.

This story featured in both The Irish Daily Mirror and The Irish Sun on January 31st 2012.

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