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.
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.
Many were expecting Brock Lesnar to take another break after Royal Rumble 2014, as that has usually been the case when the former UFC champion works a pay per view for WWE, but he is scheduled to appear on Monday Night Raw tonight, probably to set up his Wrestlemania 30 match.
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.
There are talks that the Undertaker could be making an appearance at Royal Rumble 2014. WWE seems set on having a big match between he and Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, so the buildup for that match could be started at the pay per view on Sunday night.
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.
While the former UFC Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to work quite a few dates between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, he is not currently booked for the Elimination Chamber pay per view. He is working the Monday Night Raw the following night, though.
While all signs are pointing to him working a match against Mark Henry at the Royal Rumble, there are still talks about putting Brock Lesnar with the Big Show, who is expected back on Monday Night Raw next week, at the pay per view.
With Brock Lesnar returning on Monday Night Raw and demolishing Mark Henry, word going around is that the two of them are being set for a match at the Royal Rumble. It's a way to get Lesnar on the show without him having to lose in the battle royale.
While we still do not have a definite answer as to how long he has been upset with the company, we do know now that CM Punk was already contemplating a departure from WWE as early as Royal Rumble 2014. He vented to Mick Foley at the time about not being happy within the company and having trouble dealing with injuries.
The expectation was that ratings for Monday Night Raw would rise this week because fans would tune in to see if CM Punk would make his return or not. However, the opposite took place. WWE saw a 12 percent drop in viewership, which has to be a bit alarming since it is the time period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
After what took place at Royal Rumble 2014, WWE officials were concerned that the audience at Monday Night Raw was going to hijack the event by voicing their opinions, so in order to help squash some of that and control the crowd, management had Daniel Bryan cutting a promo to open up the show.
Long known backstage as someone with a short fuse, Randy Orton was said to be irate with the fans at Royal Rumble 2014 because he feels that they interrupted his performance against John Cena by openly rooting for Daniel Bryan. Orton does have a history of being upset with audiences.