If this war were on Twitter turf, Sheamus would have it wrapped up. He has 2.47 million followers. Roman Reigns would finish a respectable second with 1.7 faithful, while AJ Styles would be down for the count at a mere 441,000.
But this WWE matchup won’t be in cyperspace or on your TV, but inside (and probably outside) the ring Sunday night at the Baton Rouge River Center.
They’ll be the featured triple threat main event when WWE Live returns to town.
Sheamus, referred to as “The Celtic Warrior,” is the alterego of Stephen Farrelly, 38, an Irish professional wrestler and actor. Just Tuesday, Sheamus made a pitch to play arch-nemesis Venom in the next “Spider-Man” incarnation. He’s also featured as Rocksteady in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” which opened last week in theaters taking first place at the box office.
Sheamus has been part of the WWE’s main roster since 2009. He’s a three-time WWE Champion and a World Heavyweight Champion.
WHAT HE SAID: “Are you not aware that my profession involves beating the living hell out of some poor-unfortunate wearing nothing more than a pair of green lycra knicks?”
At 31, Reigns is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Born Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoa’i, he’s a former professional Canadian football player, who also had brief stints with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college ball at Georgia Tech.
Reigns signed on with WWE in 2010, first performing alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as The Shield. He started solo competitions in June 2014. He’s known for getting hostile reactions from the audiences, but that’s all part of it, right?
WHAT HE SAID: “There are things you don’t do in life. You don’t tug on superman’s cape. …”
Styles carries the unegotistical moniker, “The Phenomenal One.” Allen Neal Jones on his birth certificate, he’s a newbie with the WWE, signing a multiyear contract last January. But he was well-known prior to that for his 12 years in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Styles, 39, headlined two WWE pay-per-views last month, challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on “Payback” and “Extreme Rules.”
WHAT HE SAID: “I am phenomenal.”
Also on the roster for Sunday’s rumble in Red Stick are Tag Team Champions New Day vs. The Vaudevillians; Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya;
The USOS vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson; Cesaro vs. Alberto del Rio; and
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin.