Sheamus was back in the ring on Wednesday at the WWE on BT Sport launch in England.
"The Celtic Warrior," who recently returned to television on WWE SmackDown, had not wrestled since April 9, 2019 when he reportedly suffered a concussion during a six-man tag team match. That changed on Wednesday when Sheamus took on Andrade in an exhibition match for those in attendance at the WWE-BT Sport House Warming Party event.
Sheamus was victorious in the contest, pinning Andrade with the Brogue Kick.
He’s baaaaacccckkkk!! @WWESheamus wins his first match back in 9 months against Andrade at the #WWEonBT launch event. He’s looking in incredible shape. Welcome back big man ---- ---- pic.twitter.com/APLrzm9RVM— Gorilla Position (@WWEGP) January 15, 2020
Earlier in the day, when speaking to Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda, Sheamus confirmed he suffered a concussion on the SmackDown following WrestleMania and discussed how close he came to retiring.
"It's something that's always in the back of your mind," Sheamus said about retirement. "It's no secret that I had a couple of issues physically, a few injuries, because it is physical what we do - and then my style as well, it trebles that, you know? There were a couple times when I thought, 'Will I make it back in there?' Especially when I got a concussion in that match after WrestleMania. But I used that time really well, I went to physiotherapy, went to boxing, kickboxing. I got myself in the best shape possible, dropped 40lbs. I feel better, look better, and I've never been hungrier to get back in the ring. For me, the first ten years were just a warm-up. This is the real deal now. I'm just starting, mate. I'm telling you, by body feels amazing. I feel better at 42 than I did at 32."
Vignettes began to air in November 2019 promoting Sheamus' return on SmackDown. He was back in front of the live audience on Jan. 3, laying out Shorty G with the Brogue Kick.