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.
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.
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.