With Wrestlemania 30 plans changing on a daily basis backstage in WWE, it looks like the company is narrowing down the choices of opponents for Daniel Bryan at the pay per view. Triple H is the heavy favorite, but Kane has sprung up as a potential candidate as well.
Since the Super Bowl is being played on Sunday, WWE has decided to do their live event in Lakeland, Florida at 1pm. The advertised main event for the show is a match between Kane and Big Show, who was injured last weekend. That has led many to believe that this is a throw away show.
Talks about inducing Paul Bearer into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend have died down considerably as of late, as there are many people backstage that feel that his induction should be saved for when WWE decides to honor Kane and Undertaker.
The feeling backstage is that WWE will be giving Kane a pretty sizable push later on this year, as the veteran performer has impressed a lot of people with his commitment to fitness. He is in better shape than he has been at any other point in his career.
"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."
- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE
"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."
- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE
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.
Rumor has it that Kane will start wrestling again soon, as WWE has started putting him into matches during live events. He recently worked an extremely sloppy match against Zack Ryder, before being beaten by the Big Show afterwards in Buffalo.
There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.
The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.
Randy Orton predictably defeated the Big Show to retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship at the Survivor Series. He was able to hit the RKO after Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane provided the distraction by coming out to the ramp.
Kane visited the WWE performance center for the very first time.
There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.
For story line purposes, Triple H has appointed Kane as the new Director of Operations in WWE.
To promote his new story line of turning corporate, Kane has started to use his Twitter account more frequently
As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.
At Hell in a Cell, Kane made his return after taking a couple of months off to work on the See No Evil sequel by attacking the Miz, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The following night, though, shocked a lot of wrestling fans when he opted to be unmasked and joined Stephanie McMahon and the Authority.
Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton all stepped into the steel cage at Elimination Chamber 2013, but it was Jack Swagger, accompanied by Zeb Colter, who victoriously walked away from the event with a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
John Cena wins Royal Rumble 2013 by last eliminating Ryback. Other contestants in the match include Antonio Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Godfather, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, The Miz, Titus ONeil, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder.
John Cena and Kane wrestled to a double countout during their match at Royal Rumble 2012. The action spilled to ringside and neither man was able to get back into the ring. Kane gave Cena some chair shots after the match, and then attacked an injured Zack Ryder as well.
Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.
Edge won Royal Rumble 2010 by last eliminating John Cena. The other contestants in the match include Batista, Beth Phoenix, Big Show, Carlito, Chris Jericho, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, John Morrison, JTG, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, MVP, R Truth, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase, The Miz, Triple H, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.
Chris Benoit shocked the wrestling world when he was able to win the Royal Rumble and earned himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. He was successfully able to eliminate the Big Show to win the match.