Sheamus is one of 15 male competitors to be announced for the 2022 men's Royal Rumble. Half the field is set for the men, while 21 competitors have been announced for the women.
While the men's Royal Rumble currently includes active competitors, and Johnny Knoxville, the women's Royal Rumble features legends and returning stars who may have been surprises during the match as opposed to being announced beforehand.
Speaking to Louis Dangoor of GiveMeSport, Sheamus said he prefers the surprise to be kept under wraps.
"I know this year, they've announced a lot of contestants for the women's Royal Rumble. I like the fact that they just show up. I'm not a huge fan of telling people who is going to be in there. I think the men's one is a bit more secretive. They've announced like ten people who are on the active roster. On the women's side, there are a lot of girls coming back. It shows how much they've missed the product and missed being in the ring," he said.
Sheamus is a veteran of the Royal Rumble as 2022 will mark the ninth time he has competed in the event.
When asked how much information he's given leading into the match, Sheamus said, "We all know our numbers and when we're going out. I'm not going to spoil the match for anybody. What we do is entertainment, I don't like taking that away or pulling back the curtain. All I'll say is, we know what our numbers are and what we have to do in there. Everyone knows their number, but they won't find what number they are pretty much until two or three hours before the show. There has been a couple that have been really close on where we're at coming out to the ring. That can be a little stressful, especially if you're new. Now, I've been there 12 years, it doesn't bother me at all."
2022 will mark the ten-year anniversary of Sheamus' Royal Rumble victory as he won the 2012 Royal Rumble, last eliminating Chris Jericho.
You can view the current list of competitors in the men's and women's Royal Rumble by clicking here.
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