Fresh off a disappointing end to his recent bout with Sheamus in Los Angeles, you can expect "The Viper," Randy Orton, to be even more determined to stick his fangs into the reigning World Wrestling Entertainment champion.
And he very well may do so, in a special one-night-only Raw World Tour stop 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Oceanfront Arena, Wildwoods Convention Center.
When the two met in Los Angeles, Sheamus ended up getting disqualified for attacking a match official with a metal chair. But that didn't stop the bitter rivals from punishing each other pretty badly - the Viper knocked Sheamus out after the match.
Bent on revenge, Sheamus, a pale-skinned, fiery red-headed Irishman, says Orton might as well not even show up to Wildwood.
He'll be using signature moves - the "crucifix bomb" and "Irish curse" among them - to keep Orton from stealing the championship.
"I'll probably get to use 'em all on Orton, poor fella," Sheamus says in a recent telephone interview from Florida, his current home. "He'll be lying in a bucket of ice afterward."
WWE's Wildwood fans are getting a real treat, Sheamus says, because this is a lumberjack event, meaning the ring will be surrounded by WWE Superstars who will throw competitors back into the ring if they end up outside of it, often getting in a few choice punches and kicks along the way.
Also on the agenda for the night's action: John Cena and Chris Jericho vs. The Nexus in a Raw Tag Team Match; plus all the favorite superstars, including The Miz, Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, Eve, Alicia Fox, John Morrison, The Hart Dynasty, William Regal and more.
Sheamus might hail from Dublin, but he ain't no leprechaun, to be sure. Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 272 pounds, he has come to dominate the WWE after making his debut a little over a year ago.
In a meteoric rise, he gained the championship by defeating Cena, one of WWE's superstars.
"It's been brilliant!" Sheamus says of his success.
"It was a childhood dream of mine. 'Course, I'm not very popular for doing that. Gingers aren't very popular, anyway. It's all jealousy."
Sheamus says he's been to Wildwood before, with friends for Irish festivities, and enjoys its carefree atmosphere. But he'll be all business in the ring, he promises, and urges WWE fans to come check out the matches.
"There's nothing like seeing it live up close to all the superstars and booing and cheering," Sheamus says. "It's off the chart. You'll have a great time."
All except Orton, that is.
"There's never been a WWE superstar like me. I'm vicious. I'm aggressive," Sheamus says.
"I want to put that ol' guy out to pasture once and for all."
World Wrestling Entertainment Raw World Tour
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
WHERE: Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
TICKETS: Tickets, priced at $15, are available at the Wildwoods Convention Center box office or 800-745-3000.
MORE INFO: 609-729-9000,