While we still do not have a definite answer as to how long he has been upset with the company, we do know now that CM Punk was already contemplating a departure from WWE as early as Royal Rumble 2014. He vented to Mick Foley at the time about not being happy within the company and having trouble dealing with injuries.
After he was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 at the last minute, Evan Bourne told fans on Twitter that he was still working on making his return to WWE, but as of right now, it does not appear that management is making that a priority backsage.
Since the company wanted to sell the brutality of Brock Lesnar for his match against Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014, they had Mark Henry work an injury angle and take a couple of weeks off. It looks the former world champion is returning to WWE, possibly as soon as Monday Night Raw this week.
After what took place at Royal Rumble 2014, WWE officials were concerned that the audience at Monday Night Raw was going to hijack the event by voicing their opinions, so in order to help squash some of that and control the crowd, management had Daniel Bryan cutting a promo to open up the show.
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.
When Alexander Rusev made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, many were under the impression that it was a permanent call up to the main roster. However, it appears that management wants the developmental wrestler to have a little more seasoning by working in WWE NXT for a few more weeks.
While watching Royal Rumble 2014, Rikishi expressed his frustration with WWE by posting a message on Twitter. He asked what the company was doing with his sons, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. He also stated that the "writers suck" and ended the statement with "bullshit".
Alexander Rusev, the developmental wrestler who made his debut at Royal Rumble 2014, was trained by Rikishi. His relationship with the former WWE star helped help progress in the industry a lot quicker than a lot of other guys who have tried to make it to the main roster.
Former nWo stable mates Kevin Nash and Booker T have come to terms on a contract. Nash, who surprised wrestling fans by returning to WWE at Royal Rumble 2014, will be working a show for Booker on February 15, and there is a chance that he could be working more dates for the promotion.
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.
While the crowd reaction at Royal Rumble 2014 was noticed by management backstage, WWE does not appear to be changing their plans for Daniel Bryan. He is still penciled in for a match against Sheamus at Wrestlemania 30, and the program is expected to be started at Elimination Chamber 2014.
There are those backstage that were disappointed with Royal Rumble 2014, as many feel that there were not enough highlight spots during the match. Kofi Kingston was praised for doing his best to produce memorable moments, but very few others were able to stand out. Jamie Noble, the agent in charge of the match, has backstage heat because of that.
Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.
While there were minor rumblings of him possibly returning at Royal Rumble 2014, it now appears that WWE has saved Christian for Smackdown instead. The former world champion is scheduled to appear on the episode being taped in Toledo later on today.
Big Show was noticeably missing from Monday Night Raw this week. WWE has given him some time off to heal from the hand injury that he suffered at a live event over the weekend. Management had Brock Lesnar attacking him during Royal Rumble 2014 to write him off of television.
"I honestly never expected the type of attention that both my tweet and my Facebook post about my displeasure with the Royal Rumble would bring. I was just expressing an opinion, and it seemed to be in line with what many of you had on your mind last night as well. The response on both Twitter and Facebook dwarfed anything I'd received in the past, and I hope WWE will recognize this unprecedented response as a sign that a little tweaking might be needed in order to save this Wrestlemania from the prospect of 75,000 people booing, turning their backs, or walking out of its main event."
- Mick Foley thanking fans for their response to his Royal Rumble 2014 rant
WWE received some criticism from the fans last night because they did not put more of an emphasis on their tribute to Mae Young, whose death last week saddened the wrestling world. More feathers will be ruffled, as management has opted to remove the video completely from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw.
"Once again, HONORED to be included in the Mae Young tribute video tonight on Monday Night Raw. So much respect for her and proud to be in same ring."
- Bully Ray
While WWE has been paying tribute to Mae Young, who died earlier in the week, at live events by showing a special video, Natalya Neidhart has decided to take it one step further, by dedicating her victories over AJ Lee at the live events to the hall of fame performer.
"Very embarrassed that Oklahoma media have ignored Mae Young's passing. It's appalling. Someone do their homework. Pro wrestling bias?"
Now that the legendary performer has passed away, people will be given one final chance to say goodbye to Mae Young. Visitation is being held this upcoming Tuesday at the Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia, South Carolina, and the funeral itself is being held the following day at the same location.
"Rest in peace, Mae Young. You're truly an inspiration to us all. It was an honor to have met you. You will be missed."
"When I ran into the duo at shows, Moolah would always remember me from our catering convos, and in the middle of talking Mae Young would go, 'Now which one are you again?' in that shaky voice to which Moolah would say, 'Oh Mae Hush Up' to which we would all share a laugh."
"I'm just grateful for the moments I got to spend with her. Both Moolah and Mae were an important part of my life in WWE, especially in my first couple years in the company as they were my biggest cheerleaders. They were always encouraging me and telling me they liked how I didn't 'wrestle like a girl'. She was an inspiration to me and so many of the girls in the locker room. I used to tell her 'Mae, I want to be just like you when I grow up'. I'm going to miss her a lot."
"From the moment she first stepped through the ropes, Young established herself as one of the most active and successful female Superstars – including becoming the first U.S. Women's Champion, carrying out one of the most storied rivalries of the time with the legendary Mildred Burke in 1954 and being among the first female competitors to tour post-war Japan. The entire WWE Universe offers a standing ovation to a true queen of the canvas and bids Mae Young a heartfelt farewell."
Zack Ryder took to Twitter to post a quick message about the death of Mae Young, and the longtime WWE star also included a picture of himself with the hall of fame diva.
"A trailblazer & role model...paving the way for women in this division. You will always be remembered! Rest in peace, Mae Young."
It has now been confirmed that Mae Young has passed away, as Stephanie McMahon herself has posted a message on Twitter to inform everyone. There had been quite a bit of confusion all week long, as fans were quick to make assumptions about her death.
"Damn. What a life and what a career. Never forgotten and touched every generation. Rest in peace, Mae Young."
"My condolences go out to the family and friends of Mae Young. She was the toughest person I have ever been in the ring with. She was definitely what we call a class act Thank you for making the Dudley Boyz who we are today without you that would have been No Dudley Boyz you will be missed but never forgotten we love you Mae. May u rest in peace"
- Devon on the death of Mae Young
While wrestling fans all over have posted their condolence messages all over social media, it has now been confirmed that Mae Young is still alive. She is gravely ill and is off life support, but the WWE Hall of Fame inductee is not dead.
Things have taken a turn for the worse for Mae Young, as the WWE Hall of Fame inductee has now been taken off of life support. She has been in hospice care for approximately a week after spending some time in the hospital.
As of right now, Mae Young, a legendary performer most associated with WWE, is under hospice care, where one of her kidneys is in the process of shutting down. She is also breathing with the assistance of an oxygen machine at the moment.
Some good news has been revealed about Mae Young and her condition. The legendary WWE star is now at home and is able to speak again. Her condition is still quite serious, however, and Mae is still under the care of hospice for the time being.