There's some speculations going around about Christian retiring from WWE, as the former world heavyweight champion has mentioned "one more match" a couple of times on his Twitter account. It would not come as a shock to many backstage, as the injuries have been piling up as of late.
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.
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.
On Smackdown this week, fans saw beloved performer Christian making his return to WWE and being given a push by being added to the main event of Elimination Chamber 2014. However, the belief is that management could pull him from the show if a better idea for a contestant arises.
While there were minor rumblings of him possibly returning at Royal Rumble 2014, it now appears that WWE has saved Christian for Smackdown instead. The former world champion is scheduled to appear on the episode being taped in Toledo later on today.
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.
"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
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.
Another name that has sprung up as a potential mystery entrant at the Royal Rumble is Christian. He has been waiting to make his return to WWE after being off of television for several weeks, but the creative department simply have not been able to come up with a story for him to do so.
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.
While he won't be utilized in the main event title picture again any time soon, WWE still views Alberto Del Rio as a valuable marketing asset. The former world champion was one of the handful of wrestlers who were on hand for the Wrestlemania 31 press conference.
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.
While management is trying to elevate Sin Cara, WWE opted not to include his match and victory against Alberto Del Rio on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, leading some to wonder just how serious they are about this push.
The long list of WWE performers who suffered concussions in 2013 has grown a little bit longer, as Alberto Del Rio has been injured during his match against Sin Cara on Monday Night Raw. The website has reported that he will need time off.
Many have noticed Alberto Del Rio has been demoted by WWE, as he went from a World Heavyweight Championship program with John Cena to losing a Monday Night Raw match against Sin Cara.
Despite being given a big win over Alberto Del Rio, Sin Cara had his return match removed on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw by WWE.
WWE star Christian, who has been inactive for the last several weeks due to a concussion, celebrated his 40th birthday this week.
With a surprisingly small amount of fans wondering about his whereabouts, word coming out of WWE is that Christian has not been cleared by the medical team to return from his concussion yet.
Many were predicting John Cena to successfully defend the World title against Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series, and WWE did not stray from that. Cena dodged the arm breaker and hit the Attitude Adjustment for the pin fall victory.
"Yes, of course. I'm Mexican. I grew up watching him. I saw him several times before he came to WWE or any other company in the US. He wrestled for years and years in Mexico, especially in Ciudad Juarez. I've always admired him. He started from the bottom and at the end of his career he was one of the most amazing, most popular Superstars in the world."
In order to give him a little bit of momentum heading into the Survivor Series, Alberto Del Rio was given a victory over Santino Marella on WWE Main Event this week.
The belief within WWE is that Alberto Del Rio will not be winninng the World Heavyweight Championship back anytime soon.
Advertisements for Wrestlemania 30 are being focused on John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Mark Henry.
Alberto Del Rio revealed on Twitter that this is the first time that he has gotten to spend Halloween with his kids.