In honor of the famous holiday St. Patrick’s Day, that is widely celebrated all across the United States of America and Ireland including countries from all over the world. I’m going to highlight some of my favorite Irish Pro-Wrestlers.
1. Becky Lynch
Becky tops my list simply due to having such personality combined with passionate promos and unmatched in-ring skills. Let’s discuss how Lynch became the inaugural Smackdown Women’s Champion at Backlash 2016 by defeating Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a Six-pack elimination challenge.
But Lynch would become an even bigger star when she embraced a more realistic version of herself by calling herself “The Man.” It was a complete turnaround within her character on television, with a new attitude and wanting to rebel against authority many were comparing Becky to a female version of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. 2019 proved to be a monumental year in the Irish lass-kicker’s career.
Not only did she win the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match, but Lynch went on to main event WrestleMania 35 in a first-ever Women’s main-event match to defeat both the Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and the Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair in a Winner Takes All triple threat match at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A very historic and significant moment where Becky Lynch became both Raw and Smackdown Women’s Champion that night and made her the first woman to hold both championships and she is also a four- time women’s champion.
2. Finn Balor
Balor had to make this list due to having already an outstanding career in Japan prior to signing with WWE and joining their NXT brand. Balor continues to be a top main-event star and the man has a popular following.
Balor would begin to captivate audiences in North America by defeating Kevin Owens to become NXT Champion as part of a WWE Network Special titled The Beast in the East event which took place in Tokyo, Japan. Baylor consistently proved as to why he truly was the “Prince of NXT” by successfully defending his NXT Championship against stars such as Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: London, where he defeated him to retain his title.
Balor to the main-roster, Finn had been drafted to the Raw brand in the 2016 WWE draft. Balor made an emphatic statement concerning the main roster where at Summerslam in 2016 is where he beat Seth Rollins to become the inaugural Universal Champion. Balor became an Intercontinental Champion by defeating Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 35. Balor made his return home to the black and gold brand in NXT back in 2019. Balor would win the NXT Championship by beating Adam Cole for the vacant NXT Championship at the time at NXT: Super Tuesday II. Balor remains one of the best wrestlers in any promotion for all he’s achieved over the years in pro-wrestling.
3. Fit Finlay
My introduction to Fit Finlay has to be when I was a kid watching WCW, his nickname the Belfast Bruiser. Some of the earliest memories of him feuding with William Regal were when both men fought in a parking lot brawl on an episode of Monday Nitro. These guys fought so hard and stiff that as a result Regal had his nose broken during the match. Finlay would defeat Booker T. on Nitro to win the World Television Championship.
He feuded with Booker and Chris Benoit while still competing for WCW. Fit made a transition into trainer when the WWE bought WCW in 2001, he is credited for helping future champions and stars like John Cena and Randy Orton and the WWE Divas being instrumental in preparing them for their matches.
2005 would see Finlay make a return to the ring.
He had memorable feuds with Jamie Noble, Matt Hardy, and with Bobby Lashley. Finlay got his WrestleMania moment at WrestleMania 22, where the wrestling veteran and legend competed in a Money in the Bank ladder match which saw superstars from Raw and Smackdown featured in the match.
Finlay also reinvented his gimmick and overall character by aligning with Hornswoggle, who fans witnessed coming out from under the ring to attack the opponents of Finlay. Finlay continued to be successful in WWE by defeating World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio in a non-title match and beating Bobby Lashley to become WWE United States Champion. Finlay was already established in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Finlay would capture a British Heavy Middleweight Championship by defeating Alan Kilby before starting his career wrestling in the states.
The Celtic Warrior Sheamus deserves to be on my list as well. Sheamus enjoyed feuds in 2009 by facing WWE stars such as Goldust, and Shelton Benjamin He started coming into his own when the Irish wrestler made his Raw debut impressing fans with a victory over Jamie Noble. on October 26th in 2009. Sheamus also was a member of The Miz’s team in a five-on-five elimination tag team match at the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view event in 2009 which was his first appearance regarding a show on PPV. The Miz’s team defeated Team Morrison.
On the Raw that followed this same Survivor Series show. Sheamus would win a “break-through” battle royal for wrestlers who have never had an opportunity to win a world championship. Sheamus rose to the occasion and won the match in doing so he became the number one contender to John Cena’s WWE Championship. Sheamus did the impossible by beating John Cena to win his first ever WWE Championship at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view on December 13, 2009 and by doing so making him the first Irish-born WWE Champion. Sheamus faced Triple H at WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28th 2010.
Sheamus once again became a WWE Champion by pinning John Cena to win a fatal four-way match on June 20, 2010 at the Fatal 4-Way PPV event. The King Sheamus era, with wins over Kofi Kingston and John Morrison, Sheamus became the 2010 King of the Ring winner. Sheamus also won the 2012 Royal Rumble Match by eliminating Chris Jericho last to earn the opportunity at a main-event match at WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012. Sheamus shocked the wrestling world by defeating Daniel Bryan in just 18 seconds to win the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Sheamus winning the United States Championship.
Sheamus won the United States Champion by winning in a 20-Man battle royal making him a United States Champion a second time on a May 5th, edition of Raw in 2014. Sheamus and Cesaro formed a successful tag-team called The Bar from 2016-2019. Sheamus and Cesaro had beaten The New Day on an episode of Raw. The new duo of European Superpowers finally won the Raw Tag-Team Championships by defeating The New Day at the December 18th Roadblock: End of the Line pay-per-view in 2016. Currently Sheamus has been feuding with Drew McIntyre and the two have had some tremendous and very physically intense matchups on a few recent episodes of Raw lately.
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