There's some speculations going around about Christian retiring from WWE, as the former world heavyweight champion has mentioned "one more match" a couple of times on his Twitter account. It would not come as a shock to many backstage, as the injuries have been piling up as of late.
On February 22, OMEGA Championship Wrestling is doing a live event in Smithfield, North Carolina. Matt Hardy and Shane Helms will be headlining the event as a tag team. Gunner, Christian York and Reby Sky have all been announced for the show as well.
On Smackdown this week, fans saw beloved performer Christian making his return to WWE and being given a push by being added to the main event of Elimination Chamber 2014. However, the belief is that management could pull him from the show if a better idea for a contestant arises.
There are speculations that Antonio Cesaro and John Cena coudl be working a feud together in the near future, as the two stars were spotted working out together at the WWE Performance Center. Cesaro received a slight push from management this week by being added to the main event at Elimination Chamber 2014.
"I still think the Superkick is the best finisher ever. It was just so good. There's so many [favorites]. I think Antonio Cesaro's finish right now is cool. I always loved the Piledriver, so an adaptation of the Piledriver is very awesome to me. I've always loved submission holds, so I love the Sharpshooter, that sort of thing. I love Dean Malenko's Cloverleaf. The things that I never really liked as finishers were the stuff that was wacky, stuff like the Von Erichs, who did the Tornado Punch, you know what I mean? The Ultimate Warrior, even though he was my favorite as a kid, had the Press Slam, and then he'd hit the ropes a couple of times and give 'em the Big Splash, the Hulk Hogan Legdrop, stuff like that was all stuff where I was just like, 'Eh.' To be fair, I honestly always hated the Rock Bottom. To me, it was just like, 'Uh, that's weird and stupid.'"
- Daniel Bryan discussing finishing moves and how he hates the one used by Rock
While there were minor rumblings of him possibly returning at Royal Rumble 2014, it now appears that WWE has saved Christian for Smackdown instead. The former world champion is scheduled to appear on the episode being taped in Toledo later on today.
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
Another name that has sprung up as a potential mystery entrant at the Royal Rumble is Christian. He has been waiting to make his return to WWE after being off of television for several weeks, but the creative department simply have not been able to come up with a story for him to do so.
It looks like Antonio Cesaro might be in the doghouse with WWE, as the former ROH star was recently booked in a surprising loss during a singles match against Fernando, a performer that is rarely featured on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown.
"It certainly was disappointing. When we signed with this company, we both knew what we were getting into. We both made each other a promise that we would work as hard as possible, whether it's as a team or singles competitors. I know he'll wind up on his feet, and he probably already is, and he'll continue wrestling all over the world."
In an attempt to steal the show, Cody Rhodes climbed to the top of the steel cage during a live event in Madison Square Garden this week and delivered a flying moonsault during a tag team match featuring Goldust, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger.
There were plans over the weekend to put the WWE Tag Team Championship on Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro during the fatal four way match at TLC. No word on why management changed their minds and kept the belts on Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust retained the WWE Tag Team Championship at TLC. Curtis Axel and Ryback were elminated first, followed by Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesario. Big Show and Rey Mysterio were eliminated when Cody pinned Mysterio.
There are still plans within WWE to turn Antonio Cesaro into a baby face. It was supposed to have happened already, but the creative department simply has not found the time nor a suitable story to break him away from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger.
WWE star Christian, who has been inactive for the last several weeks due to a concussion, celebrated his 40th birthday this week.
"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."