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.
A name that has popped up in discussions backstage in WWE is Scott Hall. Management wants another big name performer to join Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts at the hall of fame cermony during Wrestlemania 30. The move would also enable WWE to promote their wellness program.
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.
Royal Rumble 2014 is barely in the books now, but Jake Roberts, who publicly campaigned for a spot in the big match, has revealed that he has started training for Royal Rumble 2015. The WWE legend feels that it would provide some closure to be able to work one final match for the company.
It wasn't long after the official announcement of Jake Roberts being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30 that rumors surfaced who about who will be tasked with inducting the legendary performer. The first and most obvious name to spring up was Diamond Dallas Page, who helped Roberts turn his life around.
On Monday Night Raw, WWE announced that Jake Roberts will be inducted into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. He will be joining the Ultimate Warrior, who is headlining the class. Management waited until Roberts cleaned up his life before bringing him back.
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.
"My guys showed me Warrior's tweets. I was trying to be entertaining with the radio show and took things too far, like I do too often. I have no business inferring anything negative about him. I apologize. He deserves the HOF and respect for what he accomplished in the business. But let me be clear. There is no hypocrisy here. I am not preaching anything. I am sharing my recovery path to show others what is possible. So no pity, bathrooms stalls or groveling. I am doing great. I am an addict and alcoholic working every single day to repair and make the best out of the life I have left. I make mistakes, like that comment, but my recovery has been amazing. Jim does not know this Jake. Without realizing or intending to, I fired the first shot and will take Jim's response without any negativity towards him. I apologize and am putting behind me."
- Jake Roberts to Ultimate Warrior
"Well I think in Randy's case, I think Randy he was pissed. I don't think he really wanted to go in. That's just my observation from a far. I never heard that from Randy but I'm sure now that the great Randy Savage has passed on, at some point he will be put in there. But I think there was--you have to accept. You have to go there and show up. And there was some heat there. And I think it was just about to get fixed too, just like the Warrior had a lot of heat there. I think he absolutely would've gone in. Maybe this year cause Randy was just coming out--when he died, Randy was just starting to come out. About to do a comic-con and stuff; do some autograph signings and stuff. So I think you would have seen him in there. Right after; not too long after his death, I don't think it had to happen right away but I would imagine that Randy will be in there. And I believe that Jake Roberts will get in. I think I'll get in. I think there will be a lot of guys that will get in there from Kevin Nash, Scott Hall. I think a lot of those guys will get in. Sometimes it just takes time and I think that Jake doing his turn around that he's done over these last 16-17 months--or 16 months I think it is--people are buzzing everywhere about Jake. So I think at some point, it would be awesome if it was this year but who knows? You never know."
"Are you kidding me? Abso-f**king-lutely. I mean you have to look at how guys drew. And there are fans that don't like the Warrior. There are plenty of fans that don't like Diamond Dallas Page. I get that. And the people who don't like him, really don't like him. But the people who love the Warrior; they f**king love the Warrior. And that was really obvious when we did in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia--they can be the most critical fans on the planet. Me and Jake Roberts we smoked through autographs while we were there for those couple of days, but Warrior and Hogan came in and were doing the 100 to 150 dollar autograph thing and that line went out the door all day long. So you say what you want about Warrior, but the cat is true. He brought his energy. He brought a dynamic to wrestling at that time that was original. And I wasn't a big fan of his interviews but people fricking loved them! People loved that guy. I was a Jake Roberts guy back in the '80's, so I skate more that way."
The return on Monday Night Raw was originally designed as a one shot deal for Jake Roberts. He is not back with WWE on a permanent basis, but the company is keeping the option open of utilizing him again at the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
When Dean Ambrose was caught on camera smiling as Jake Roberts placed a snake on him, fans thought that the WWE star was simply marking out at the experience, but it has now been revealed that he was laughing because CM Punk informed him that the snake defecated on his chest.
Jake Roberts revealed that he was hiding in a bus for most of the night to prevent anyone from knowing that he was going to be making his return on Monday Night Raw. Roberts also made sure to not tell anyone but Diamond Dallas Page about his return.
"I appreciate CM Punk so much more now than I ever have. He kneeled down over at the side, got completely out of the picture and allowed me to have that moment. It was incredible. It shows people what a true professional he is. He really raised himself up on my list of people that I respect."
While the Jake Roberts return during Monday Night Raw created quite a buzz with fans, WWE has opted to remove the scene from the Bottom Line show that is aired in the United Kingdom. No word yet on why management decided not to show that.
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.
While he still hopes to work the Royal Rumble later on this month, Jake Roberts has been pushing for WWE to let him work a program with Bray Wyatt, either as an opponent or as a mentor. No word yet on whether officials are interested in the idea at this time.
Justin Roberts revealed on Twitter that he was stuck at the airport, but he didn't it mind it too much because it enabled him the opportunity to catch up with Jake Roberts.
Many fans noted how much healthier Jake Roberts looked during his return to Monday Night Raw this week, and it now seems that the WWE legend is healthy enough to work a match, as he has been booked against Manu at an indies show in Pennsylvania in March.
The feeling backstage during the Old School episode of Monday Night Raw was that Jake Roberts was a shoo-in to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend now that he has re-established a relationship with management.
After a little war of words through Twitter, it appears that Mark Henry and Jake Roberts, who finally made his return to WWE in a cameo appearance, have made amends. The two of them were spotted talking backstage and even took a picture together.
When Diamond Dallas Page made an appearance on Monday Night Raw this week, his website received a bit of a spike in traffic. However, when Jake Roberts appeared in the final segment of the show, WWE fans caused the yoga website to be shut down entirely.
"I don't see how you could not take that as a compliment. He was a legend and a hall of famer. He was a guy who stirred the pot and drew a good amount of money. I feel like I haven't really done anything yet. Not that I'm holding back — right now I'm just working as hard as I can in the role that I'm in. I still feel like I have a LOT of stuff in my back pocket that when the opportunity strikes … there's a lot more to me than people have seen yet."