With CM Punk leaving WWE due to unhappiness, a lot of eyes have now focused on Alberto Del Rio, who has openly talked about leaving the company whenever he is upset with the way that his character is being utilized. The belief is that he is unhappy about being fed to Batista.
Aside from half hearted programs with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio really has not been given a full program by WWE to work with since wrestling John Cena at Survivor Series 2013. However, the feeling backstage is that Del Rio is assured a spot at Wrestlemania 30 to draw in the Spanish media.
While it's nothing new to fans who have paid attention to the company for the last several years, things are pretty hectic backstage in WWE right now when it comes to plans for Wrestlemania 30. The only match considered to be a lock right now is the one featuring Bray Wyatt and John Cena.
Rumor has it that Bray Wyatt has earned the trust of WWE officials backstage to the point where he is now being allowed to write his own promos. He still needs approval from the creative department before using them on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, though.
Since CM Punk has been pulled from all of the upcoming live events, WWE needed a new main event match, as he was originally planned to headline the shows with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Now, Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan have been moved into the top spot.
Bray Wyatt has a lot of fans backstage in WWE, so the belief is that he has a very good chance of being put over at Wrestlemania 30 by John Cena. Management really wants him to become a main event performer, and a win of such magnitude would give him the required credibility.
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.
Randy Orton was able to retain the WWE championship at Royal Rumble 2014 by using an RKO to pin John Cena, who was distracted by the arrival of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The trio might have been going after Orton due to comments he made earlier in the night.
While Daniel Bryan was able to dish out a lot of punishment towards his foe, it was Bray Wyatt that stood victoriously at the end of their match at Royal Rumble 2014. Wyatt got the pin fall victory after nail his finisher twice, once of which was done outside the ring.
WWE has quietly released Judas Devlin, a developmental wrestler who was supposed to have been called up to the main roster to join Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in the Wyatt Family stable. He has been removed from the official roster page for WWE NXT.
Daniel Bryan made his injury return to the ring during a live event on Saturday night, where he worked a steel cage match against Bray Wyatt. WWE had kept Bryan from wrestling since he suffered his concussion, so that he can recover and work Royal Rumble 2014.
"And I really wish Edge were still here. It killed me when I was out injured and he ended up having that final match with Alberto Del Rio. He was there while I was with the Nexus and he was just such a joy to be around. He's a good human being and just knew so much. He was always helping. Its guys like that that I wish were around still."
- Ryback on the retirement of Edge
Since Hulk Hogan looks unlikely to be able to work a match at Wrestlemania 30, WWE is looking at other ways to use John Cena. He is unlikely to work a match for the heavyweight championship, so a high profile match against Bray Wyatt is back on the table.
Rumor has it that John Cena will be removed from the main event scene following Royal Rumble 2014. Randy Orton is expected to be moved into a program with a new challenger, most likely to be Batista, while Cena is rumored to be joining Daniel Bryan in his battle against Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
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.
With WWE needing Daniel Bryan for the long term, steps are being taken to ensure that he maintains his health. Since his concussion symptoms are still bad, management has discussed the possibility of canceling his big match against Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble.
While the initial plans had him working a match against Sin Cara, WWE may have changed their mind on how to use Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 30. There are those within the company that are now leaning towards him working a match against Alberto Del Rio with his mask on the line.
While WWE had always planned on Daniel Bryan turning on Bray Wyatt, they originally were hoping to stretch the story line out for several weeks, but thanks to fans at a Michigan State basketball game doing the "Yes!" chant, management opted to speed things up and pulled the trigger on Monday Night Raw.
Former heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan suffered a concussion during the big main event steel cage match at Monday Night Raw this week. While the moment was quite memorable to WWE fans, Bryan himself is said to not remember much details from the evening.
While many were hoping for a drawn out story line, it appears that WWE officials are pulling the trigger already on the big match between Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt, as the match between those two is now rumored to be added to the Royal Rumble pay per view.
"The show closing moments involving Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt was reminiscent of the Attitude Era as it relates to raw passion and the fans totally buying into the production. I said it last night on Twitter that Daniel Bryan was the hottest commodity in WWE today....by far. The connection that he's made with the audience, which more often than not, can't be manufactured is priceless. Daniel Bryan sitting on top of the cage and the sold out crowd chanting Yes! Yes! Yes! was Austin-esque in my eyes. The closing moments of RAW is what one always looks to achieve when formatting a TV show. That special moment that becomes a 'moment.' Daniel Bryan is a legit bookers dream. Highly skilled and can make anyone that he competes with appear better, no locker room issues or bad, personal habits and he's respectful and reliable. The perfect pro. Good role model for any young talent wanting to succeed."
WWE officials are extremely high on Bray Wyatt right now. There's talks of pushing him into the main event scene very soon. Some have even talked about pulling the trigger as soon as Wrestlemania 30, where a potential match with John Cena has been discussed.
An idea being floated around in WWE right now has Bray Wyatt winning the Royal Rumble, possibly with the help of Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, so that he can be set up as the top challenger for John Cena at Wrestlemania 30.
After being beaten severely by the group during the final hour of Monday Night Raw, Daniel Bryan finally succumbed and agreed to join Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, thus teasing a heel turn that could be a temporary thing.
Looks like WWE wants to push Bray Wyatt to the moon, as the company currently has plans penciled in for a match between the two at Wrestlemania 30. The match probably won't be the main event, but will still be in a high profile spot.
Former world heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio has been takng some time away from the wrestling ring recently because of a concussion, but he's set to make his return to WWE this week during a live event in New York City.
There is a strong push within WWE to put the tag team titles on the Wyatt Family. Initially, it was supposed to take place later in 2014, but several officials are pushing to make them champions before the Royal Rumble pay per view next month.
There were some serious speculations recently that Judas Devlin was going to be brought up by WWE from developmental to join the Wyatt Family, but a serious injury, one that might end his career, has forced a change of plans.
There's a very good chance that we could be seeing a steel cage match between Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt on a pay per view very soon, as WWE is having the two of them work a match in one during the live events this month.
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.