HOUSTON — Sheamus has promised punishment for his fellow SmackDown Superstars, and if his return to in-ring competition was any indication, he intends to follow through.

The Celtic Warrior defeated Shorty G in a Royal Rumble Kickoff Match, his first bout since last April.

Shorty G stands tall against Sheamus’ attacks: Royal Rumble 2020 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Shorty G refuses to back down and sends Sheamus flying over the top rope, but The Celtic Warrior counters with an attack outside the ring. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Having derided SmackDown and what he called its “decline” for weeks since returning, Sheamus continued the verbal assault during the action. Looking as barbaric as ever, he made use of his considerable strength advantage against the blue brand’s fiery underdog, pummeling Shorty G methodically.

Shorty G fought back valiantly, refusing to quit despite Sheamus’ ruthless onslaught. Stifling Shorty G’s last and most spirited rally, The Celtic Warrior found the mark on his third attempt at a Brogue Kick, laying out his opponent for the pinfall.

HOUSTON — Sheamus has promised punishment for his fellow SmackDown Superstars, and if his return to in-ring competition was any indication, he intends to follow through.

The Celtic Warrior defeated Shorty G in a Royal Rumble Kickoff Match, his first bout since last April.

Shorty G stands tall against Sheamus’ attacks: Royal Rumble 2020 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Shorty G refuses to back down and sends Sheamus flying over the top rope, but The Celtic Warrior counters with an attack outside the ring. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Having derided SmackDown and what he called its “decline” for weeks since returning, Sheamus continued the verbal assault during the action. Looking as barbaric as ever, he made use of his considerable strength advantage against the blue brand’s fiery underdog, pummeling Shorty G methodically.

Shorty G fought back valiantly, refusing to quit despite Sheamus’ ruthless onslaught. Stifling Shorty G’s last and most spirited rally, The Celtic Warrior found the mark on his third attempt at a Brogue Kick, laying out his opponent for the pinfall.