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.
Since WWE knew that the audience would attempt to get several CM Punk chants going throughout the night, they gave special instructions to Randy Orton about how he should cut his promo to open up Monday Night Raw. To his credit, he did a good job of speaking over the crowd.
Over the weekend, John Cena suffered some sort of eye injury while working a live event match against Randy Orton. While the extent of the injury was not immiately clear, it appears that it was severe enough to keep him off of Monday Night Raw. Cena did show up afterwards, though.
Fans who attended the live event in Kansas City on Sunday were given the option of leaving and receiving a refund because John Cena was not in attendance as advertised. Randy Orton cut a story line promo, stating that he injured Cena the previous night.
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.
WWE is doing a live event in Salt Lake City on March 8, and Randy Orton was initially scheduled to headline the show. However, management wanted to enhance the show in Madison Square Garden on the same day, so Orton will no longer be working the show in Utah.
"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
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.
"Crowd became disconnected in John Cena - Randy Orton match. Talents worked hard nonetheless. Simply wasn't what they wanted to see. "
- Jim Ross on Royal Rumble 2014
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.
Randy Orton was able to retain the WWE championship at Royal Rumble 2014 by using an RKO to pin John Cena, who was distracted by the arrival of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The trio might have been going after Orton due to comments he made earlier in the night.
"Nope, nope, nope. I hope it's never offered to me. He's the man right now, that man being Randy Orton. I love to watch him wrestle. Randy and I have been tight since he was 22. If this was 10 years ago, it would make sense. But I'm 57. I don't want it offered to me because I'll do it. I'm 57, I want to stay strong and healthy."
- Diamond Dallas Page on WWE return
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
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.
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.
The leading candidate to win the Royal Rumble right now is Batista. WWE is said to want to capitalize on the momentum of his return by throwing him immediately into the main event scene of Wrestlemania 30. A title match against Randy Orton has been heavily discussed backstage.
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.
While many are understandably cautious since he has not been utilized well for quite some time now, there are talks within WWE of pushing Kofi Kingston, and those rumors heated up when he was given a shocking victory over heavyweight champion Randy Orton on Monday Night Raw.
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.
"I don't know about the 'face' of the company. That's kind of being used right now. I'd like to come up with something a little more fresh. You know Randy Orton is doing that whole 'face' of the company thing. I think I'm better than him so if we can get a one upper situation, that's---maybe the 'backbone' of the company. Maybe the 'balls' of the company. Something cool like that, you know? I don't know about the 'face' of the company. Maybe the "man" of the company. That sounds about right."
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.