The last time that the United States Heavyweight Championship was defended was back in October, when Dean Ambrose successfully defended the title against Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell 2013 and on Monday Night Raw the following night.
While there are still plans by WWE to push him, Big E Langston has essentially been neglected by the creative department over the last couple of weeks because the writers simply have not come up with anything for his character to do with Mark Henry being off television.
When WWE NXT makes its debut on the WWE Network, management wants it to be viewed as a huge event. So, instead of just featuring developmental wrestlers, the company has booked Billy Gunn, Bret Hart, John Cena, Road Dogg, Shawn Michaels and Sheamus to make appearances throughout the night.
Road Dogg and Billy Gunn aren't just popular with the live audience. The WWE tag team champions are also well liked backstage as well. The developmental wrestlers have been especially supportive of the veterans being given another run on television.
If you're a fan of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, then you're in luck, as the New Age Outlaws are expected to hold on to those WWE tag team championship until at least Elimination Chamber 2014, where they're rumored to be defending the belts in a match featuring multiple teams.
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.
During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.
Rumors are floating around that WWE will be adding a tag team championship match at the Royal Rumble featuring Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The New Age Outlaws are expected to remain as active competitors on television for the next several weeks.
There's speculations that the New Age Outlaws could be receiving a shot at the tag titles soon, as Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are scheduled to work a non title match against Cody Rhodes and Goldust as the Smackdown taping later on today.
There are talks that the New Age Outlaws could be utilized in another wrestling match on Monday Night Raw this week. Road Dogg is always backstage at the television shows, and Billy Gunn revealed on Twitter that he is backstage tonight as well.
The hot rumor this week is that WWE will be unifying the United States and Intercontinental belts at the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Dean Ambrose, who has not done much with the title, will most likely work a match with Big E Langston at the show.
WWE conducted a poll, asking fans if they felt that Big E Langston would some day be a world heavyweight champion. Thus far, 70% of the voters feel that the current Intercontinental Champion will move up to the main event scene eventually.
"After SummerSlam, I spent a month and a half not doing much... Pretty much for me, it was having that match with [CM] Punk on RAW after really not being on TV for a month and a half. I think that kind of gave me some traction. From there, getting to have matches with guys who were looked at as top figures."
While it seems all but certain that Roman Reigns will be receiving a big push during the Royal Rumble match, there are many that believe that WWE will do the same for Big E Langston as well. The company wants him to look like a big star.
Billy Gunn wrestled a match at an NXT event in Tampa last night. The former WWE star worked the main event against Bo Dallas. Since it was a no disqualification match, lots of weapons were used and interference was aplenty.
Since WWE wants to save his big match against Mark Henry for Wrestlemania 30, it appears that the creative department will be setting up lower level and mid card performers as challengers for Big E Langston and the Intercontinental Championship.
"There are a few guys. For me it's kinda cool to think about guys you grew up and you idolized. Undertaker has a spot where he has that allure, and that mystique, and everyone always kinda goes to Undertaker as being their guy, and rightfully so. I was also a huge Vader fan, so if they were ever able to bring him back for one, I think that would be cool as well. I know there's been talk possibly, and I have no idea if it's gonna happen, about Batista possibly coming back. You know guys like that, you grew up watching idolized, you know they're all kind a dreams who knows if they'll ever come to fruition."
"He's been very helpful over the past few years, even before I got called up. Just giving me advice, he opened up the weight room to me. I live about 15 minutes away from his gym. He's been very helpful, just kinda giving me pointers throughout the way, just giving me advice, and really just trying to be a mentor in many ways. I'm really grateful for him taking time to help and guide me. Honestly, he's done that for a lot of younger talent, people just don't see that."