WWE Announces Prince Devitt Signing; Will Report to NXT

devittWWE has announced the signing of Fergal Devitt, which has been rumored for months. Devitt will report to the WWE Performance Center today and will begin in NXT.

Devitt has competed in several promotions, including New England Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and – most notably – New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is a three-time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a six-time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. He also won Best of the Super Juniors in 2010 and 2013 and was ranked 38th in the PWI 500 in 2013.

For those unfamiliar with Prince Devitt, below are some clips of his in-ring work and famed entrances and attire.

(Image via Bleacher Report)

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Report: Spike TV Will Not Renew Impact Wrestling

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TMZ is reporting that Spike TV will not renew its deal with TNA and will no longer air Impact Wrestling when the current contract expires. According to their sources, the deal will run out in October, with no clear indication as to when the final episode of Impact Wrestling will air on Spike.

The news is obviously a huge blow to TNA and could not have come at a worse time. The figure WWE got for its television rights from NBC Universal was well below expectations, meaning TNA would almost certainly have to settle for a lesser deal than its current figure with Spike TV if it finds a new television partner.

This is a wake up call for TNA. The company’s only hope is to keep improving – the show has been better in recent weeks – until time runs out in October, with the idea that another network – large or small – will come calling, knowing that a viewership of one million a week is hard to find on cable. The only problem will be finding that network.

AMC recently agreed to a deal with Billy Corgan for a wrestling program. Spike and its parent network, Viacom, are out of play. NBC and Universal aren’t a fit since they have the rights to WWE. FOX and ABC could be interested, since they were in the hunt for WWE rights, but Raw and Smackdown bring in higher viewership numbers – and, by extension, advertising dollars – than Impact Wrestling.

TNA has time to figure something out but in the world of television, where deals are struck sometimes years in advance for new programming, it’ll be hard to find a solution in just a few months.

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Re-evaluating the Potential SummerSlam Card: Orton v. Reigns, Brie v. Steph, AJ v. Paige

A1K_jz2KuNL._SL1500_Yesterday I wrote about the SummerSlam card starting to take shape and following Monday’s episode of Raw the picture is becoming even more clear. With that sharpening view comes an addendum to the potential card, with a Brie Bella v. Stephanie McMahon match looking obvious and Roman Reigns liking battling Randy Orton instead of Triple H. Below is my potential SummerSlam card, version two.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar v. John Cena

OFFICIAL

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler v. The Miz

This match isn’t as obvious now that the two squared off on Raw, but with Dolph winning clean it sets up a title match down the road.

Seth Rollins v. Dean Ambrose

Not as sure about the cage match stipulation today but it seems like these two need some kind of stip to settle the score.

Randy Orton v. Roman Reigns

Originally I predicted Triple H v. Reigns but after Reigns attacked Orton when Triple H was about to name him as John Cena’s SummerSlam challenger, we’re looking at Orton v. Reigns.

Chris Jericho v. Bray Wyatt

Divas Championship Match
Paige v. AJ Lee

After Paige attacked AJ and turned heel, this feud has new life.

Stephanie McMahon v. Brie Bella

After Stephanie slapped Brie and was subsequently arrested, this match is all but a lock. We’ll probably get the added stipulation of Brie being re-hired if she wins.

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Brock Lesnar v. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Official for SummerSlam

“Plan C” was revealed to be Brock Lesnar, who will challenge John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, as has been rumored. Randy Orton was seemingly Triple H’s first choice but Roman Reigns wasn’t having it, brawling with the Viper while Triple H stood in the ring befuddled. That brought out Paul Heyman, who introduced “Plan C,” leading Lesnar to the ring where both men shook hands with the COO, sealing the deal.

Heyman then cut one of the best promos we’ve seen in a long time, much of which is in the above video.

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Video: CM Punk Says He’s “Never, Ever, Ever” Going Back to the Squared Circle

CBS-19′s Chris Van Vliet spoke with CM Punk on the red carpet of the AP Music Awards, which the straight edge former WWE superstar was hosting, and asked him about his past six months and his wrestling future. (Video NSFW. Punk drops an f-bomb in the early parts.) Punk replies that he’s “never, ever, ever” going back to the squared circle and then cracks a joke about Twitter taking this seriously and holding him accountable for it.

In wrestling, they always say, “Never say never,” but hopefully this will shut the door on CM Punk return hopes for the foreseeable future.

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13 More Episodes of Saturday Night’s Main Event Added to WWE Network

SaturdayNightsMainEventWWE has added 13 more episodes of Saturday Night’s Main Event to the vault section of the WWE Network. The episodes are from 1988 and 1989.

The newest additions double the count of total episodes of Saturday Night’s Main Event available on the Network from 13 to 26, so we’re getting closer to having the whole collection available on-demand.

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Video: Inside Look at Sheamus’ Appearance on “Royal Pains”

Sheamus will guest star on Tuesday’s episode of Royal Pains, which airs at 9pm ET on the USA Network. WWE released this behind the scenes video of the Celtic Warrior on the show.

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