"Late night YouTube watching was a bad idea. So many boys pretending to be professional wrstlers. A pair of trunks and a ring don't make you a wrestler."
- Mike Bennett bashing fans who are amateur wrestlers
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.
Since every wrestling fan on the planet is curious about CM Punk leaving WWE, TNA has decided to take advantage of the situation by posting several of his matches for free on their YouTube account this week. Punk worked for the company during their early years.
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.
"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
Edge recently paid a surprise visit to a comedy show that Mick Foley was doing in New York, and the video of that appearance has now surfaced online.
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.
Even though she is no longer with the company, WWE has decided to feature Beth Phoenix and her Glam Slam finisher on an episode of 30 Second Fury.
"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.
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."
After his match against Damien Sandow at TLC, Big E Langston remains the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Langston got the pin fall victory after hitting a clothesline and the Big Ending finisher.
WWE is hinting that the Intercontinental Championship will be given a boost once John Cena or Randy Orton unify the two main championship belts at TLC. That means that Big E Langston could be in line for a big push very soon.
The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.
At a Dragon Gate USA show, Kassius Ohno, who was recently released by WWE, took a jab at Triple H by having his opponent doing the crotch chop and Pedigree finisher, which Ohno was able to kick out of at the one count.
"John's been great. I've been able to work out of his gym the last few years now and kind of pick his brain at times as well. He has given me advice and little things to make me better throughout the years. One of the things he told me 'owning the moment.' When you're out there, you really do have an opportunity to make a memorable moment. That's kind of one of the things I learned from him."
"Being with AJ and traveling with her and Dolph was really cool. One of the things I admired about her is how driven she is. She is focused and aware of her brand and the message she wants to get across to fans as well. So I've always respected that about her. She is very cognitive about what she does inside the ring and outside of it. I've also been able to learn from Dolph as well when we were together. Even now, he has been helpful. That first six to seven-month period of being a bodyguard was great because it allowed me the opportunity to ease into my time in WWE and to learn. It was a great start."
"From John Cena, I learned about the importance of timing and the moment. There are things you can let get away from you, and things might happen out of nowhere, but it's all about owning the moment. When you're out there in front of the crowd, it's about taking that chance or doing something special so you go from just being a guy to being someone important."
"I don't think they give a s--t about (indies) buzz. They only care about their own buzz, which makes sense. You can't solely cater to the niche fan base — it's a tricky demographic to deal with. But you can see somebody get over with those fans and think maybe they can do it in WWE, too. And they see someone who has the passion to chase the dream, traveling around the world. If you have passion, if you're a good performer, those are two of the most important things in wrestling, and they're things you can't manufacture. Some people are naturals. Take Big E Langston; he has such a perfect match of athleticism and charisma, and he looks like an action figure."
WWE has appointed the Shield as their rookies of the year. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat out the Wyatt Family, Fandango, Curtis Axel and Big E Langston.
Big E Langston is basically guaranteed a spot on the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view, but WWE has not decided if it will be a singles match or a tag team match with Mark Henry at the moment.
The current plans for Big E Langston has him working a big match against Mark Henry at the Royal Rumble. The two will be selling a mentor and pupil story line on episodes of Monday Night Raw first.
Prior to the Survivor Series, there were talks of turning Big E Langston back into a heel and having him challenge John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship.