It looks like Raw will be without one of its Champions in the very near future as Sheamus will reportedly be taking some time off from WWE. Dave Meltzer reported on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Sheamus has landed a role in the upcoming "Buddy Games" film and will be taking a hiatus of nearly six weeks to shoot the movie sometime near August.
The Raw Tag Team Champions will defend against former champs, The Hardy Boyz at the July 9th Great Balls of Fire pay per view. It's highly possible The Hardys will regain their belts at the ppv so Sheamus can be written off tv. The two teams have put on a great program since WrestleMania, but it is clearly time for both to move on.
Sheamus may have another goal in mind when he returns as the Celtic Warrior recently tweeted out a photo of his home hardware case that featured with the caption, "Only one WWE title missing for the #GrandSlam goal I set myself many years ago ... it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine."
The WWE's Grand Slam is a distinction given to a professional wrestler who has won four specific championships within a promotion throughout the course of their career. Not only does it mean the star is capable of being the top guy in the company, but that they are versatile enough to be inserted into any storyline on the roster.
Shawn Michaels became the first Grand Slam winner in the WWE under the old rules, which included such title as European or Hardcore Championships among those who qualified. There were 12 WWE Superstars who qualified as Grand Slammers under the original set up.
In 2015, WWE changed their criteria, announcing that the only belts which would be recognized would be the WWE/World, US, Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships.
For Sheamus to become a Grand Slam winner, he's going to have to forge another solo path to the Intercontinental Championship. Considering his favor in the company, we have to assume it will happen at some point in his career.
Click through the slides below to see all 7 Grand Slam Champions currently recognized by the WWE.