Earlier this week, Sheamus shared a video of himself on Twitter sporting a new sensible haircut while curiously wearing a referee shirt.
New direction… Business in front. Party in back. pic.twitter.com/ACjWCWg3Ag
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) July 23, 2019
With Sheamus out of action injured since the SmackDown after WrestleMania and reports circling that his in-ring career is over, this naturally led to much speculation about Sheamus’ future.
The mohawk-less Irishman has taken to Twitter again today and shared more glimpses of his new hair style.
As you can see in the image below, Sheamus is once again sporting a referee shirt.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) July 29, 2019
Is this another hint that the former WWE Champion is swapping wrestling for a position as an official? It is certainly starting to look that way.
It would not be the first time a wrestler has moved to a different role within the company when their active in-ring career was over. While many inevitably become agents, others do find their niches elsewhere.
Former Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman has worked behind the scenes as a producer for over a decade, Corey Graves, Nigel McGuiness, Booker T, Byron Saxton, Aiden English and JBL have all swapped the ring for the commentary desk in recent years, among others.
In terms of wrestlers becoming referees, many have done it:
Former ECW Champion Jerry Lynn was a referee at All In last year, another former ECW alum, Little Guido/Nunzio, spent time refereeing in WWE and NXT in 2011. Others such as Teddy Long, Danny Davis, Ronnie Garvin and Scott Armstrong have wrestled and refereed as well.
It is important to note at this stage that there is no confirmation about Sheamus becoming a referee, it is merely speculation based on his Twitter posts at this point, and could well be a case of him trolling to put fans off the scent before an in-ring return.