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.
"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
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
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 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.
"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."
After announcing the big return, WWE conducted a poll on their website to see who fans wanted Batista to work against when he gets back into professional wrestling. Randy Orton barely beat out Brock Lesnar by garnering a third of the votes.
Since WWE is utilizing Randy Orton and John Cena in a headline match together on one leg of the tour, the company has opted to utilize CM Punk and Daniel Bryan as the draw for the other leg of the tour. They're working separate matches, however.
"Being a bad guy is just more fun. Otherwise you worry too much about what the fans think of you. It's a worry I don't like to have. I'd rather be myself and explore different ways I can make people feel uneasy even just by walking by and glaring at them."
There's rumblings coming from WWE that Batista could be returning at the Royal Rumble and winning the match, in order to set up a heavyweight championship bout between he and former Evolution stable mate Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 30.
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.
Aside from working as a trainer, Nick Dinsmore is also making appearances for NXT as well. At a live event in Tampa this week, the former WWE star showed up in the ring to save Santa Claus and his diva helpers from an attack by Aiden English.
After Monday Night Raw went off the air, a match between John Cena and Randy Orton took place. The interesting thing about this particular segment was that Booker T, who used to wrestle frequently in Dallas, was the special guest referee.
Through Twitter, Paul Heyman teased that his client, Brock Lesnar, could be coming back to WWE soon to challenge Randy Orton for both championship belts. The former UFC Champion is rumored to be returning by the Royal Rumble.
Randy Orton has captured the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating John Cena at TLC. Orton utilized a pair of handcuffs to his advance, while Cena also had to take an awkward bump into a table from the ladder at the end.
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.
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.
After the final segment of Monday Night Raw went off the air, Randy Orton reportedly threw a fit backstage because he was upset at how harsh the promo that John Cena cut on him. Cena had gone off the script and improvised.
Word going around is that Bret Hart was upset with the manner in which Randy Orton brought up the Montreal Screwjob during the final segment on Monday Night Raw this week. He feels WWE should have told him beforehand.
Jo Jo Offerman, who was once romantically linked to Randy Orton, now has a new boyfriend. She posted a picture of him on Twitter recently and stated that he was the best boyfriend that a girl could ask for.
Many within WWE are expecting Randy Orton to beat John Cena to capture both belts at the TLC pay per view. The belief is that management will allow Cena to lose the match since it can be done without a pin fall or submission.
WWE has handed a developmental deal to Jasper Orton, the 18 year old cousin of Randy Orton who recently graduated from high school and is currently recovering from an injury.