Aside from half hearted programs with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio really has not been given a full program by WWE to work with since wrestling John Cena at Survivor Series 2013. However, the feeling backstage is that Del Rio is assured a spot at Wrestlemania 30 to draw in the Spanish media.
While it's nothing new to fans who have paid attention to the company for the last several years, things are pretty hectic backstage in WWE right now when it comes to plans for Wrestlemania 30. The only match considered to be a lock right now is the one featuring Bray Wyatt and John Cena.
Long known backstage as someone with a short fuse, Randy Orton was said to be irate with the fans at Royal Rumble 2014 because he feels that they interrupted his performance against John Cena by openly rooting for Daniel Bryan. Orton does have a history of being upset with audiences.
Bray Wyatt has a lot of fans backstage in WWE, so the belief is that he has a very good chance of being put over at Wrestlemania 30 by John Cena. Management really wants him to become a main event performer, and a win of such magnitude would give him the required credibility.
While the two championships are expected to be combined tonight at TLC, the feud between John Cena and Randy Orton is expected to keep going, as the two of them are being advertised for matches late into January.
"Say what you want about him and not like him. Believe me, I have and I will take some of that back because the guy is a really good guy. He is a cool dude and you can see why he's in the position he's in because he's a hard worker and he really gives to his fans."
- Chavo Guerrero discussing backstage heat with John Cena
"Rule number one: don't rib unless you want to be ribbed. If you prank someone, someone is going to get you back. It may not be the person you pranked, because they might not be good at pranks, but we've got our homies. We've got our wolf. We call in another prankster and he'll get you back. So, you got to respect peoples personal space and don't rib unless you want to be ribbed."
- John Cena on a backstage rule in WWE
"One time, and this is a true story, we were in South Africa and [Cena] started battle rapping. He started rapping with someone and it was awesome. He went five minutes just talking about things around the room. And we were like, 'Oh my gosh. Where did that come from?' Tommy Dreamer heard it and Tommy took it to Shane McMahon and Shane McMahon heard it and took it to Vince McMahon and next thing you know he's a rapper on TV…and he had already been with us six months or so. Slowly but surely he just became John Cena the superstar."
- Tommy Dreamer telling a backstage story
"John Cena was always very sweet to me. We had breakfast together on numerous occasions when we were on overseas tours. I don't know what he is like now but back then I considered him a friend."
- Maria Kanellis on John Cena backstage
To be honest, I don't feel like I've made it. But 'making it' is different than being satisfied with what you've done. If I got hurt today, I'd be very satisfied with what I've done, but I would have said that before I even made it to WWE. I was happy with what I accomplished on the independent scene and internationally — it was already much more than what people ever thought I could do and what even I thought I could do. But one of the things that keeps me going is the pursuit of constantly being better, and I haven't 'made it' like I'm at a point where I'm happy to stay at this level. I was actually talking to John Cena about this. He told me Steve Austin talked to him at one show and asked him how things were going, and John said, 'The show's going pretty well.' And Austin looked up at a part of the arena that was tarped off — the building was maybe 90 percent sold out — and he said, 'Back when I was here, these arenas were full.' And that motivated John. There's always something to strive for. So what do I need to do to feel like I've made it? I need to be the main-event guy, the top guy, and we need to be selling out every arena every night. Maybe then I'll feel like I've done what I need to do."
"He's been very helpful over the past few years, even before I got called up. Just giving me advice, he opened up the weight room to me. I live about 15 minutes away from his gym. He's been very helpful, just kinda giving me pointers throughout the way, just giving me advice, and really just trying to be a mentor in many ways. I'm really grateful for him taking time to help and guide me. Honestly, he's done that for a lot of younger talent, people just don't see that."
Since Hulk Hogan looks unlikely to be able to work a match at Wrestlemania 30, WWE is looking at other ways to use John Cena. He is unlikely to work a match for the heavyweight championship, so a high profile match against Bray Wyatt is back on the table.
Rumor has it that John Cena will be removed from the main event scene following Royal Rumble 2014. Randy Orton is expected to be moved into a program with a new challenger, most likely to be Batista, while Cena is rumored to be joining Daniel Bryan in his battle against Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Roddy Piper pitched a Wrestlemania idea to WWE, where he would team up with a heel against Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Piper wanted the partner to be CM Punk, but it appears that management is currently against the idea of turning him back to a heel.
Speculations grew during Monday Night Raw last night because John Cena was wearing boxers that were yellow and red in color, which led many to believe that he was doing a subtle tease of the potential return of Hulk Hogan to WWE.
Looks like WWE wants to push Bray Wyatt to the moon, as the company currently has plans penciled in for a match between the two at Wrestlemania 30. The match probably won't be the main event, but will still be in a high profile spot.
While nothing is concrete right now, it looks like John Cena is currently the favorite to win the Royal Rumble next month. The belief is that WWE wants to set up a huge rematch between Cena and Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 30.
WWE filmed a Tribute to the Troops special. Since John Cena worked the event without either of the championship belts with him, there are heavy speculations that Randy Orton will walk out as the unified champion at the TLC pay per view.
WWE is hinting that the Intercontinental Championship will be given a boost once John Cena or Randy Orton unify the two main championship belts at TLC. That means that Big E Langston could be in line for a big push very soon.