There were some concerns over Roman Reigns after Monday Night Raw. Aside from requiring a couple of stitches to close a cut above his eye, the WWE medical staff is afraid that he might have suffered a concussion. Management needs him healthy for a big push at Wrestlemania 30.
In preparations of an upcoming feud against his former Prime Time Player teammate and real life good friend, Darren Young has gone with a shorter haircut. While many are expecting Titus ONeil to be on the receiving end of the push, WWE may be elevating both performers.
Darren Young received quite a bit of media attention in 2013 when he revealed that he was gay, marking the first time a WWE star has done that. He even made an appearance on Ellen to discuss the situation. By doing that, he has been nominated for a GLAAD award.
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.
With CM Punk abruptly leaving the company, WWE needed someone to replace him at the upcoming live events that he was scheduled for. Sheamus has been chosen as the replacement, and he will be working handicap matches against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
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.
The record for most elimination in the Royal Rumble belongs to Kane, who once took out eleven performers. There are talks that Roman Reigns could be given the distinction of beating that tonight at Royal Rumble 2014. He is expected to be pushed heavily during the match.
"I'll literally be getting dressed or something, I turn the corner, and WHAM there's the cameras. 'Ah, they got me again.' It's like Where's Waldo, you never know where they're gonna be. And for me when I'm backstage, preparing, getting ready, it's not something I wanna be bothered with. So sometimes you'll just randomly hear guys cursing, like that's gonna get them off of the show, like they can't use that scene or something because, 'there's that guy, he's just cussing in the background. A lot of guys just, they all just duck their heads and walk off. So that's something that we deal with but that's the world of entertainment."
- Roman Reigns on Total Divas cameras
"I heard him say a good line, he didn't make a play he made 'the play', which in his own right, that's awesome, I enjoyed that. But his whole remarks about Michael Crabtree being mediocre, he kinda just buried himself to me. You're the best cornerback in the game and they're putting you on a mediocre receiver? You only made one play on a mediocre receiver? Which I think he, if he understood the psychology of smack talk, he would build up that receiver and then put himself over even more. You know, 'I'm going against this all-pro bad ass wide receiver, but guess what, I'm the best corner back in the game. I'll lock down anybody."
- Roman Reigns on NFL star Richard Sherman
"If you're good at your job, I don't judge. Darren Young is really good at his job, he's a wonderful performer, he's a great entertainer and it's a very, very bold move that he made to come out. So he certainly is very a brave individual for doing that... He can be himself and nobody judges him around here."
- John Cena
Darren Young and Titus ONeil are down in Miami today, working on that rumored television show for the WWE Network. No word yet on what the show will be about, but the Prime Time Players are wearing suits on the set. There are talks that it could be a sports related show.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil have both revealed that they have received some good news, and it appears that they're referring to a television show that they're being given on the new WWE Network. The company likes both guys, and this is a way to keep them involved without having to push them.
While WWE wants to rush the Roman Reigns push, it does not appear that his rumored replacement, Mason Ryan, will be showing up before Wrestlemania 30. The split may still take place before the big event, but the new addition will be saved for afterwards.
"I don't know about the 'face' of the company. That's kind of being used right now. I'd like to come up with something a little more fresh. You know Randy Orton is doing that whole 'face' of the company thing. I think I'm better than him so if we can get a one upper situation, that's---maybe the 'backbone' of the company. Maybe the 'balls' of the company. Something cool like that, you know? I don't know about the 'face' of the company. Maybe the "man" of the company. That sounds about right."
While it seems all but certain that Roman Reigns will be receiving a big push during the Royal Rumble match, there are many that believe that WWE will do the same for Big E Langston as well. The company wants him to look like a big star.
While management abruptly took away his planned push a couple of months ago, the feeling is that Darren Young is safe in WWE. He has a lot of public relations value and he's a solid performer, so he has a good amount of job security nowadays.
WWE has a poll on their website, asking fans which member of the Shield do they think will win the heavyweight championship first. Seth Rollins is surprisingly in the lead at 41%, while Roman Reigns has 33% and Dean Ambrose has 26%.
"I've never been bothered about what a fan thinks. That's their prerogative, that's their opinion. Everybody can see what I am doing in ring, but people will still criticize me. I am a student of the game, so I'm working on things every day. If it's not physical it's mental and cutting promos is mental. Anytime I'm thinking about wrestling, I'm going to run thoughts through my head to improve myself in all areas."
CM Punk defeated all three members of the Shield during the opening match of TLC. He was able to pin Dean Ambrose after Roman Reigns accidentally hit his teammate with the spear. Match was entertaining, and the crowd was lively.
During a recent interview with the Houston Press, Roman Reigns was asked who he would like to hit the spear on that he has not already yet done so. He quickly replied that Triple H would be an interesting victim.
Undertaker vs CM Punk, John Cena vs Rock, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs Shield and Triple H vs Brock Lesnar have been nominated for Match of the Year at the Slammy Awards show on Monday Night Raw this week.
WWE has appointed the Shield as their rookies of the year. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat out the Wyatt Family, Fandango, Curtis Axel and Big E Langston.
The current plan as of right now has Roman Reigns being given a major push during the Royal Rumble match in January, where he is expected to eliminate several WWE performers that night.
The goal all along for the Survivor Series was to feature Roman Reigns and make him appear more like a main event level performer, which is why the main reason WWE put together that tag team match.
Roman Reigns was made to look like the featured attraction, as the Shield member picked up the win for his team against Rey Mysterio and his squad.
3MB filmed a segment this week where they dressed up as the Fabulous Freebirds, but WWE opted against showing their match against Darren Young and Titus O'Neil on Smackdown.
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
Corey Graves, a WWE developmental wrestler, took to Twitter to playfully mock the Shield about their entrance routine on Monday Night Raw.