"CM Punk might want to be careful with trying MMA. Those boys aren't getting paid to let him win like they do in WWE. I wish him luck, though."
- Kenny Dykstra explaining to CM Punk that wrestling is not real
The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.
Since the company has no interest in pushing them as singles performes, the idea being tossed around backstage right now has the Miz and Dolph Ziggler forming a tag team. WWE is also interested in giving them a gimmick where they both are disgruntled with the company.
Jason David Frank, who is most known for portraying the Green Ranger in the Power Rangers television series, has challenged CM Punk to an MMA fight through his Instagram account. Frank has stated that he respects Punk and his fighting abilities, so he simply wants to test his skills out.
In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.
According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.
"Keep voicing your opinions, WWE Universe, but please stop asking me if I'm going to quit. It's annoying. I still have a year left."
- Dolph Ziggler explains his backstage situation to fans
In a rather pleasantly surprising move, Antonio Cesaro has earned himself a main event spot at Elimination Chamber 2014. Despite being stuck in a mid card tag team with Jack Swagger, he defeated Dolph Ziggler in a qualifying match on Smackdown this week.
Internally, the match between Dolph Ziggler and Miz on Monday Night Raw was viewed as a filler match. The creative department simply added the Cleveland theme, in hopes of getting a little reaction from the live audience. WWE has no plans of making this program a big deal.
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.
In a rather interesting move, Bobby Lashley has decided to make his Instagram account private, which means that fans are not able to see his pictures and updates without following his account. The former WWE and current MMA star made the change recently.
Since UFC is holding an event in Chicago this weekend, CM Punk has asked for the weekend off to attend. WWE has granted him the request. It is also being said that officials backstage are no longer as vocal about him attending MMA events as they were in the past.
Dolph Ziggler is still hoping to get cleared by the WWE medical staff, so that he can work Royal Rumble 2014. The former world heavyweight champion has not worked a televised match for WWE since January 6 because of a concussion.
"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
While many people are already aware that Dolph Ziggler is being punished by WWE over the last several months, not many are aware as to the exact reason why. Rumor is that he has backstage heat with Randy Orton over comments he made during an interview around the time of Summerslam.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and two of their children attended an MMA class taught by former WWE diva Eve Torres and her husband. Some pictures were posted on Instagram and Twitter, where the girls took a subtle jab at Matt Hardy while showcasing a choke hold.
While he is currently out of action due to another concussion, Dolph Ziggler is occupying his time with other activities. The WWE star wa spotted in Las Vegas this week, attending the Adult Video News convention. Ziggler has been romantically linked to a porn star in the past.
UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.
Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.
Even though he suffered another concussion and is awaiting further tests from a specialist, it appears that Dolph Ziggler will still be working for WWE, as the former World Heavyweight Champion has been booked for an appearance with the Miz at a Cleveland Cavaliers game.
Aside from ruining an on screen segment with Chris Jericho, another issue between Roddy Piper and WWE was the fact that the company wanted to restrict his ability to make appearances on other shows, which Piper refused to agree to since it might hurt his son's MMA career.
While he has not been cleared to return to the ring yet, Dolph Ziggler was said to have responded well to the tests conducted by neuropsychologist. WWE has instructed him to go home and rest up before undergoing another round of testing.
With WWE having to take a stronger stance on concussions over the last few years, Dolph Ziggler might be forced to call it a career soon. The former world champion is being sent by the company to a specialist in Pittsburgh to see if he should retire from wrestling.
According to the company, Dolph Ziggler suffered another concussion while taping a match against Ryback for an upcoming episode of WWE Superstars in Baltimore last night. The belief is that this is not a story line and is a legitimate injury.
While rumors of his MMA return have died down a little since making his on screen return to WWE, it appears that Brock Lesnar is still in discussions with Dana White about making a return to UFC. Apparently, he's trying to do both industries at the same time.
It is being said that one of the things that is preventing Brock Lesnar from making a return to UFC is his deal with WWE. The belief is that Vince McMahon has Lesnar on an exclusive deal, where he would not be able to compete in mixed martial arts during that tenure.