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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WWE Announces Star-Studded SummerSlam Panel Series

WWE has announced the roster of superstars and legends that will be appearing at its SummerSlam Panel series this year in Los Angeles. The series will feature four panels including a roundtable-type interview and Q&A session. There is an additional VIP experience for those ticker holders, which includes a photo on-stage with the panel guests. Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin are among the featured guests.

The dates and panels are below, via

SummerSlam Panel Dates & Times
Friday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan

Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
“WWE 2K15” Roster Reveal with John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Sheamus, Cesaro and Roman Reigns*
VIP Ticket holders will receive their photo opportunity with Roman Reigns for this SummerSlam Panel

Saturday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
D-Generation X (WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels & Triple H)

Sunday, Aug. 17, 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
*VIP Talent

Tickets start at $50 for balcony seating, with VIP floor tickets going for $200.

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Potential SummerSlam Card Already Taking Shape

A1K_jz2KuNL._SL1500_We’re 27 days from SummerSlam, WWE’s second-biggest show of the year, and coincidentally right around the time that a lot of WWE Network subscriptions are coming to an end. That would lead a wise wrestling fan to think that WWE will be giving its all to make this show something special. After last night’s Battleground and thanks to wrestling “newz” sites, the card is already starting to take shape. Below are my early predictions for what the SummerSlam card could look like.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar v. John Cena

This has been rumored for a while following the leak of the SummerSlam poster which showed these two on the marquee. It also makes sense since Paul Heyman tweeted last night that he was headed to pick up “Plan C.”

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler v. The Miz

Since The Miz won the battle royal to become Intercontinental Champion by hiding outside the ring for most of the match then dumping an unsuspecting Dolph over the top rope, it makes sense to have these two square off next month.

Steel Cage Match
Seth Rollins v. Dean Ambrose

Hat tip to Chris Miles for this one. Rollins v. Ambrose has to happen at some point and his suggestion that it be in a steel cage makes too much sense.

Triple H v. Roman Reigns

This one has also been rumored for a while. They would need to hurry to set this up in storyline, but WWE has been known to squeeze a quick feud out when it needs to.

Chris Jericho v. Bray Wyatt

Jericho got the surprising win over Wyatt last night and it doesn’t make sense to end the feud so quickly.

Randy Orton v. Kane

These two were supposed to be allies heading into the Fatal 4-Way match last night but that, of course, didn’t happen. I’m less confident about this happening since it would depend on Triple H wrestling Roman Reigns. If that match doesn’t happen, Orton v. Reigns would be the logical next option.

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John Cena and Randy Orton Have Wrestled in the Same PPV World Title Match A Lot Since 2007

While perusing the vast library of WWE Network content last night for something to watch after WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view, I noticed a number of PPVs in the archive featured John Cena and Randy Orton battling it out for one of the World Championships, so I did some research.

Since 2007, John Cena and Randy Orton have wrestled each other (or in the same match with other participants, such as a Fatal 4-Way, six pack challenge, or Elimination Chamber match) with either the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Championship or WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line 20 times.

In 2014, this has already happened four times. Cena and Orton participated in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way last night at Battleground along with Roman Reigns and Kane. The two also competed in the Money in the Bank match for the then-vacant title at last month’s pay-per-view of the same name, along with Kane, Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt and Cesaro. At February’s Elimination Chamber, Orton defended the title against Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Christian and Sheamus in the chamber. And who could forget their Royal Rumble encounter in January.

The breakdown of times Cena and Orton have wrestled in a World Championship match by year is as follows:

• 2014: 4
• 2013: 1
• 2012: 0
• 2011: 0
• 2010: 3
• 2009: 5
• 2008: 3
• 2007: 4

Cena and Orton have engulfed the World Title picture and we’re only halfway through 2014. It’s obviously a testament to what WWE thinks of these two (perhaps more of Cena) that they’ve managed to stay in the championship scene for all this time. Or a pessimist could say it’s a failure on WWE’s part to build new stars. Even as we’ve seen the presence of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and more in the main event over the last five years, WWE continually falls back on its crutch of Cena and – to a lesser extent – Randy Orton.

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Video: Kenta Talks WWE Future with Renee Young

Newest WWE superstar, Kenta, spoke to Renee Young in this video WWE uploaded to its YouTube page. In it, he describes what it was like having Hulk Hogan deliver his contract and what his plan is for his WWE future.

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ROH Announces Cable and Satellite PPV Agreement

Ring of Honor today announced it has reached a deal to broadcast events on cable and satellite pay-per-view, beginning with June’s Best in the World 2014. Previously, ROH special events were only available through iPPV and the company had a series of hiccups broadcasting via that avenue. The problems were so bad that ROH stopped broadcasting live iPPVs and began showing the events days later. Following all of those headaches, being able to broadcast live on traditional pay-per-view is a huge step in the right direction for Ring of Honor.

Via the company’s press release, the events will be broadcast in high-definition, with a TV-14 rating, and at a cost of $25.

Since former WWE writer and MLW founder Court Bauer has joined the company as a consultant, Ring of Honor has agreed to a partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling along with the new TV PPV broadcast deal.

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Sheamus, RVD, Cesaro and Barrett Advance in IC Title No. 1 Contender Tournament

WWE introduced a number one contender tournament for the Intercontinental Championship during last night’s Raw and held the four first round matches on the show. Rob Van Dam defeated Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro neutralized Mark Henry, Sheamus took down Jack Swagger, and Wade Barrett bullhammered Dolph Ziggler to advance.

The tournament will be stretched out over a few weeks, with the winner ultimately challenging Big E for the title, presumably at the Extreme Rules special event. I love that they’re not hotshotting the tourney and letting it play out a few weeks, giving the tournament and the title some more meaning.

The next round will see Rob Van Dam face Cesaro, while Wade Barrett will battle Sheamus.

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