On February 22, OMEGA Championship Wrestling is doing a live event in Smithfield, North Carolina. Matt Hardy and Shane Helms will be headlining the event as a tag team. Gunner, Christian York and Reby Sky have all been announced for the show as well.
Over the weekend, John Cena suffered some sort of eye injury while working a live event match against Randy Orton. While the extent of the injury was not immiately clear, it appears that it was severe enough to keep him off of Monday Night Raw. Cena did show up afterwards, though.
Two of the hottest developmental performers in WWE are Emma and Paige, both of whom are expected to be a part of the main roster in 2014. The company is planning on featuring them heavily on the special WWE NXT live event that will be shown on the WWE Network.
Fans who attended the live event in Kansas City on Sunday were given the option of leaving and receiving a refund because John Cena was not in attendance as advertised. Randy Orton cut a story line promo, stating that he injured Cena the previous night.
Over the weekend, Jillian Hall visited a WWE live event and was backstage, which led to rumors of her returning to the company. She has since issued a public statement, denying the rumors of her return. Jillian recently brought up the idea of retiring as a wrestler.
WWE is doing a live event in Salt Lake City on March 8, and Randy Orton was initially scheduled to headline the show. However, management wanted to enhance the show in Madison Square Garden on the same day, so Orton will no longer be working the show in Utah.
In order to prevent as many refunds as possible, WWE has asked Madison Square Garden to remove all advertisement featuring CM Punk, even though the live event is not taking place until March. The fear is that fans will ask for their money back since he will no longer be in attendance.
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.
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.
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.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be mixing business with pleasure this week, as the siblings are going to down to Florida on Thursday night to work a WWE NXT live event. Their father, the legendary Dusty Rhodes, works closely with the developmental program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While it looked like scheduling conflict was going to force Impact Wrestling to find a new home, it appears that Dixie Carter has worked out some things with Universal Studios, as a few upcoming TNA events have been announced for the venue, including a pay per view in April.
One of the notable absence during the recent Old School Raw edition of Monday Night Raw was Bret Hart. Rumor has it that WWE simply did not get around to asking the former world champion to make an appearance because they already had booked several performers.
"There is no real comparison, that is like comparing a diamond and a chunk of coal. Vince McMahon is an absolute master, he is a brilliant man, you take a look at going up against WCW, Ted Turner and that whole organisation. Turner gave us all no cut contracts; Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, Bret Hart, and myself all went to WCW. Vince then took all the cast offs like Triple H and Steve Austin and turned them into global superstars and once again he was on top. You've got to give Vince credit, he is not your friend, if you want a friend go buy a puppy, Vince is your boss. He will use you and make you money but when the time is right he will flush you down the toilet and won't think twice about it, welcome to the real world."
- Jim Duggan on Eric Bischoff
"First of all, I want people to realize that it is hard to see all the old stars come back to Hall of Fame stuff and me not be included in all these things. I accomplished more than anyone in 2 years at WWF and I was part of one of the biggest match that started the attitude era with Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin. That match changed wrestling to what it is today. There is not a peep from anyone within WWE. I don't know why they won't give me a shot in the WWE and to challenge for the WWE title. I have reached out through many different types of media and the only thing I've heard back is that they're doing okay and don't need me. I say that if you're gonna be bringing people back from the attitude era and before that then I don't understand why you wouldn't bring me back. There seems to be a black mark against me and I don't understand it."
- Ken Shamrock on potential WWE return
While WWE has been paying tribute to Mae Young, who died earlier in the week, at live events by showing a special video, Natalya Neidhart has decided to take it one step further, by dedicating her victories over AJ Lee at the live events to the hall of fame performer.
Since the company likes fresh starts at Wrestlemania, WWE officials have been checking out a couple of the developmental wrestlers to see which ones are ready to be called up to the main roster. This week, they're checking out Tyler Breeze, who worked live events with Justin Gabriel this weekend.
Jimmy Wang Yang visited a WWE live in Cincinnati event over the weekend, and he has piqued the interest of wrestling fans when he posted on Twitter that he was going to be showing up on Monday Night Raw, which has led fans to speculate if he will actually appear on television.