During a recent interview on the E&C Pod Of Awesomeness, Sheamus revealed that it was Vince McMahon himself who spurred him on to start a diet. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On thinking he should bulk up:
“At one stage, I was kind of thinking, ‘man, I should bulk up!’ Like, I was seeing a lot of guys in there and ‘how do I get back?’ At one time, I was pretty much one of the biggest guys in there, like, not ‘I’m a giant-wise,’ but I was, like, size-wise, bulk-wise, and I was like, ‘yeah, I should bulk up again.’ And I kind of bulked up. I was seeing, like, Brock [Lesnar] and Braun [Strowman] and all these lads, and I’m thinking, it just got to a point where I didn’t look good, mate. Just like I put on a lot of weight, but I was carrying a lot of body fat and I just kind of lost control of where I was at.”
“It also started because I came back from holidays in Ireland and me and Cesaro were walking by Vince and Vince goes, ‘hey Sheamus!’ I said, ‘yeah?’ He goes, ‘enjoyed the holidays, huh?’ and he was looking at me in the gut and I was like, ‘okay, that’s it. That’s it. I need to do something about it.’ But that was the change in gear and Cesaro will tell you as well. Cesaro knew right away when that comment was made. I just put too much weight on, man.”