While many are already aware that WWE is not planning on pushing Damien Sandow in the near future, it now looks like he's headed in the opposite direction actually. He only has one televised victory since the year started, and that was a win over Great Khali, a performer on the lower end of the card.
Since the company wanted to sell the brutality of Brock Lesnar for his match against Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014, they had Mark Henry work an injury angle and take a couple of weeks off. It looks the former world champion is returning to WWE, possibly as soon as Monday Night Raw this week.
Since the Super Bowl is being played on Sunday, WWE has decided to do their live event in Lakeland, Florida at 1pm. The advertised main event for the show is a match between Kane and Big Show, who was injured last weekend. That has led many to believe that this is a throw away show.
Big Show was noticeably missing from Monday Night Raw this week. WWE has given him some time off to heal from the hand injury that he suffered at a live event over the weekend. Management had Brock Lesnar attacking him during Royal Rumble 2014 to write him off of television.
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.
Since Big Show suffered an injury during a WWE live event over the weekend, his match against Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2014 was kept extremely short. The former UFC champion utilized several chair shots and an impressive F5, where he walked around the ring first, to finish off Show.
WWE was really hoping for a hot match for Brock Lesnar tonight at Royal Rumble 2014, so that he can have a lot of momentum heading into Wrestlemania 30, but that might be in jeopardy as his opponent for the evening, Big Show, injured his hand at a live event on Saturday night.
Since Daniel Bryan is out with a concussion, WWE needed someone to work with Bray Wyatt at the live event, as the two of them have been paired up for the last couple of weeks in preparations for their match at the Royal Rumble, so officials opted to go with the Big Show as a replacement.
"I'm a performer at heart and want to have the best performance. You just find a place in your mind where there's a trigger and you can go from being happy to emotional in a heartbeat if you're there and I was mentally there. I had so many people call about that. Arsenio Hall, Big Show and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin [reached out]. Austin said he smelled a rat. I was like, 'If you smelled a rat, it's in your house.' Nobody saw that coming. He was like, 'I've been around too long kid. I could smell a rat in a woodpile.'"
Even though WWE is making him look dominant on Monday Night Raw, there are very few people within the company that believe that the Big Show has much of a chance of coming out of the Royal Rumble with a victory during his match against the returning Brock Lesnar.
Despite being involved in a high profile match at the Royal Rumble against Brock Lesnar, Big Show was removed from this week's telecast of Monday Night Raw on Hulu. WWE did not feel that his match against Jack Swagger was important enough for the shortened version.
Rumor has it that Kane will start wrestling again soon, as WWE has started putting him into matches during live events. He recently worked an extremely sloppy match against Zack Ryder, before being beaten by the Big Show afterwards in Buffalo.
Vince McMahon took Eva Marie, Alicia Fox, R Truth and Big Show with him on an overseas trip to visit the troops. The WWE stars are now returning to the United States to spend some time with their families for the holidays.
Vince McMahon, Eva Marie, Big Show, Alicia Fox and R Truth are set to take a special trip overseas to visit with the troops. WWE has not yet revealed which country they are heading to, and it's likely they won't do so until the stars return home.
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.
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.
Since WWE officials do not have a story line for Rey Mysterio, they have decided to throw him together with Big Show into a tag team. The two of them are expected to work together until at least the Royal Rumble.
While he continues to tour with the company and work matches, Big Show is said to be having quite a bit of issues with his injured knee. WWE needs him for the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, so he's expected to work through it.
John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, Fandango, Great Khali, R Truth, Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were all in attendance at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference in Santa Clara.
There is a Beard of the Year category at the Slammy Awards at Monday Night Raw, and the nominees are Daniel Bryan, the Wyatt Family, Damien Sandow and Zeb Colter.
John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Big Show and Brock Lesnar have all been announced as nominees for Superstar of the Year. The Slammy Awards are taking place on Monday Night Raw this week.
While WWE was pleased with how well he did in cashing the Money in the Bank against John Cena, the company doesn't really have a plan on pushing Damien Sandow anytime soon.
Originally, WWE wanted to do a match between Big Show and Triple H at the TLC pay per view, but a last minute decision was made to postpone that until a later date.
For story line purposes, WWE has announced that Big Show is not cleared to return to the ring after taking that big punt kick from Randy Orton at the Survivor Series.
Randy Orton predictably defeated the Big Show to retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship at the Survivor Series. He was able to hit the RKO after Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane provided the distraction by coming out to the ramp.
As of right now, the plan is for Big Show to be screwed out of winning the WWE Championship from Randy Orton at the Survivor Series pay per view.
After their performance on Monday Night Raw during the Broadway Brawl match, there is a good chance that Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler could be given a last minute spot at the Survivor Series.
WWE fans at a live event in Austria this weekend were surprised when Zack Ryder was given a victory over Damien Sandow.
Despite WWE trying to rebuild him up, Damien Sandow had his match against Kofi Kingston removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week.
Big Show is doing a lot better, as the pain from his injured knee has subsided to the point where he is not limping badly any more.
Big Show appears to have suffered some sort of leg injury during a WWE live event in Wales this week.
There is a renewed push within WWE to feature bigger wrestlers like Big Show, Great Khali and Luke Harper more.
Triple H was visibly upset during Monday Night Raw when Vince McMahon sent the Shield out early to disrupt his segment with the Big Show.
A lot of WWE fans tuned away during the segment involving Triple H, Big Show and Stephanie McMahon on Monday Night Raw this week.
On Monday Night Raw, Big Show forced Triple H to book him into a WWE Heavyweight Championship match against Randy Orton at Survivor Series.
WWE is planning on saving the big match between Big Show and Triple H for TLC, so that they can boost the buy rate for that show.