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May 26, 2014

U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio

The gold around Sheamus’ waist is different, yet the song remains the same where Alberto Del Rio is concerned: The Celtic Warrior locked horns with his longtime rival in a non-title match on Raw and once again came out with his Irish eyes smiling, despite some stiff resistance from the U.S. Champion’s most prevalent enemy in WWE. A dominant stretch by Del Rio seemed to only spur Sheamus into barbaric retaliation, although Del Rio’s kicks to the head seemed to have done more damage than he thought.

The Irishman suddenly went loopy right as he had Del Rio lined up for the Brogue Kick, and The Essence of Excellence struck with another boot to the cheek that nearly got the job done. Nearly, though, wasn’t enough, and Sheamus sprang forth with a last-ditch Brogue Kick to finish his foe off. Yet the punch-drunk Irishman was in no state to anticipate a sneak attack, which is just what came from Paul Heyman and Cesaro, who administered a shower of elbows and a Neutralizer to the wounded champion. Conquering The Streak was great, true. But come Sunday, Paul Heyman’s client Cesaro may conquer the United States Champion.