While some fans online have taken to blaming the veteran performer for not being more careful in the ring, there appears to be no backstage heat on Road Dogg right now for the spot in the steel cage match on Monday Night Raw, where Cody Rhodes injured himself while doing a moonsault off the top of the structure.
The last time that the United States Heavyweight Championship was defended was back in October, when Dean Ambrose successfully defended the title against Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell 2013 and on Monday Night Raw the following night.
While there are still plans by WWE to push him, Big E Langston has essentially been neglected by the creative department over the last couple of weeks because the writers simply have not come up with anything for his character to do with Mark Henry being off television.
The belief backstage right now is that Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be splitting up at Elimination Chamber 2014, where the brothers are expected to be involved in a match for the WWE tag titles. A match between the two is still penciled in for Wrestlemania 30.
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.
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.
During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.
Prior to joining the company, Goldust was heavily pitching to WWE to allow him to work a match against his little brother, but as of late, he has changed his tone by telling fans on Twitter that he does not want to work against Cody Rhodes. Some believe that he is just trying to sell an upcoming story line.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.
Rumors are floating around that WWE will be adding a tag team championship match at the Royal Rumble featuring Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The New Age Outlaws are expected to remain as active competitors on television for the next several weeks.
There's speculations that the New Age Outlaws could be receiving a shot at the tag titles soon, as Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are scheduled to work a non title match against Cody Rhodes and Goldust as the Smackdown taping later on today.
The hot rumor this week is that WWE will be unifying the United States and Intercontinental belts at the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Dean Ambrose, who has not done much with the title, will most likely work a match with Big E Langston at the show.
WWE conducted a poll, asking fans if they felt that Big E Langston would some day be a world heavyweight champion. Thus far, 70% of the voters feel that the current Intercontinental Champion will move up to the main event scene eventually.
Despite putting on some of the best performances as of late, Cody Rhodes and Goldust were removed by WWE from the Hulu broadcast of the special Old School episode of Monday Night Raw this week.
A picture of Cody Rhodes and his wife Brandi Rhodes on Halloween.
"After SummerSlam, I spent a month and a half not doing much... Pretty much for me, it was having that match with [CM] Punk on RAW after really not being on TV for a month and a half. I think that kind of gave me some traction. From there, getting to have matches with guys who were looked at as top figures."
While many fans know that Cody Rhodes and Goldust are brothes, some do not know that they are actually half brothers. Their father is WWE legend Dusty Rhodes, but they each have different mothers. The wrestling siblings are approximately sixteen years apart in age.