Shelton Benjamin is on the sidelines after having elbow surgery, but that doesn't mean that he's avoiding the wrestling ring. The former WWE star recently was a guest trainer at a seminar held by Booker T in Houston.
Former nWo stable mates Kevin Nash and Booker T have come to terms on a contract. Nash, who surprised wrestling fans by returning to WWE at Royal Rumble 2014, will be working a show for Booker on February 15, and there is a chance that he could be working more dates for the promotion.
Aside from his day job as a WWE personality, Booker T is making some really good progress as a wrestling promoter. The former world champion has reached a deal with Kube to air his Reality of Wrestling on a weekly basis in the Houston area.
Booker T is working on his second autobiography right now with Andrew Wright, who helped him do the first book. Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royal is expected to hit the shelves in August of this year.
Since they are friends in real life, Michael Cole flew down to Houston this week to do commentary at Reality of Wrestling Christmas Chaos, an event promoted by Booker T. The two of them requested and received permission from WWE to do so.
After Monday Night Raw went off the air, a match between John Cena and Randy Orton took place. The interesting thing about this particular segment was that Booker T, who used to wrestle frequently in Dallas, was the special guest referee.
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.
Randy Orton has captured the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating John Cena at TLC. Orton utilized a pair of handcuffs to his advance, while Cena also had to take an awkward bump into a table from the ladder at the end.
Daniel Bryan was unable to overcome the odds, as the former WWE Champion was defeated by Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a handicap match at TLC. Wyatt got the pin fall victory after nailing his Sister Abigail finishing move.
In a no disqualification match at TLC, Kofi Kingston defeated the Miz via pin fall after hitting the Trouble in Paradise finisher. Miz had exposed the turnbuckle, but it ended up backfiring on him. Not a lot of interest from the audience.
After Tensai, Naomi and Cameron abandoned him during his match, Brodus Clay, who exhibited heel tendencies throughout the match at TLC, was defeated via pin fall by R Truth, who nailed his opponent with a kick to the face.
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.
Despite her backstage incident this week, AJ Lee managed to retain the WWE Divas Championship during her match against Natalya Neidhart at TLC. AJ got the pin fall victory after reversing a Sharp Shooter attempt from Natalya.
CM Punk defeated all three members of the Shield during the opening match of TLC. He was able to pin Dean Ambrose after Roman Reigns accidentally hit his teammate with the spear. Match was entertaining, and the crowd was lively.
Fandango defeated Dolph Ziggler in a really short TLC kickoff match. He won via pinfall after nailing the top rope leg drop. Summer Rae provided some distraction to help Fandango score the win over the former World Heavyweight Champion.
While the two championships are expected to be combined tonight at TLC, the feud between John Cena and Randy Orton is expected to keep going, as the two of them are being advertised for matches late into January.
Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been training a lot lately to become an in ring performer for WWE, has revealed that he will be working the TLC pay per view tonight. However, he will simply be working with the Spanish announce team.
Despite rough weathers, Mick Foley has revealed that he was able to make it from New York to Houston. The WWE legend will be working the pre show for Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
There are talks that Natalya Neidhart could be winning the WWE Divas Championship tonight after the backstage incident between AJ Lee and the Access Hollywood host. AJ was initially supposed to retain the belt at the pay per view.
Lilian Garcia was performing with her band in Las Vegas over the weekend, so the longtime WWE announcer decided to fly straight from Nevada to Houston, in order to work the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view on Sunday night.
WWE filmed a Tribute to the Troops special. Since John Cena worked the event without either of the championship belts with him, there are heavy speculations that Randy Orton will walk out as the unified champion at the TLC pay per view.
Booker T is throwing a big wrestling event in Houston this upcoming weekend called Christmas Chaos, and he's managed to convince WWE officials to allow him to hire the Usos to work a match that evening.
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.
Sheamus and Booker T were in attendance for the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as WWE wanted to do a little promotion since Wrestlemania 31 will be held in the area.
On Monday Night Raw, WWE announced that Dolph Ziggler and Fandango will be doing the kickoff match at the TLC pay per view. Neither guy has been given much of a push, and there is not a lot of history between the two of them.
Many within WWE are expecting Randy Orton to beat John Cena to capture both belts at the TLC pay per view. The belief is that management will allow Cena to lose the match since it can be done without a pin fall or submission.
The top candidates to work the kickoff match at the TLC pay per view right now are Xavier Woods, R Truth, Brodus Clay and Tensai. There's also a chance that WWE could opt to do a singles match between Woods and Clay as well.
CM Punk is having issues with his back and ribs right now, so WWE will continue to work the story around to limit the amount of physical pain that he has to endure until the TLC pay per view.
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.
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.
One of the ideas being thrown around in WWE is to have John Cena and Randy Orton swapping titles at the end of their match at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view.
As of right now, WWE has no plans on bringing Brock Lesnar back for the TLC pay per view in December. The rumored return date is still at the Royal Rumble pay per view.
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
Booker T has decided to do a finishing school for wrestlers who have already gone through the regular program and are ready to try out for bigger promotions like ROH, TNA and WWE.
Booker T, Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Mark Henry, Jimmy Hart and Mick Foley are hosting a Wrestlemania 30 part in New Orleans this weekend.
A celebrity roast of Booker T is taking place on December 11 for charity.
As a frequent traveler, Booker T is upset with the shooting incident that took place at the Los Angeles International Airport today.
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.
Prior to taping Smackdown on Thursday, Booker T is being honored by the city of Houston, where the mayor has declared it to be "Booker T Day".
Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.
Chris Benoit shocked the wrestling world when he was able to win the Royal Rumble and earned himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. He was successfully able to eliminate the Big Show to win the match.