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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WWE Announces Star-Studded SummerSlam Panel Series

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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 WWE.com:

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

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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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