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
After a couple of days of speculations, the contract between Jim Ross and Fox Sports has been finalized and signed. While his official role with the company has yet to be revealed, the long time WWE commentator has posted a new article about the Royal Rumble on their website.
"I honestly don't know. Nobody ever had that discussion with me. So to me, it's interesting. I just go out there and do the best I can. But I think that might have certainly played a part in it. And especially, man, that was awesome, seeing it. So, Titus ONeil, he had texted me. He said, 'Dude, if you're in your hotel room, you have to turn on SportsCenter. I think they'll replay it in probably about 15 minutes.' And he didn't tell me what it was, but he just told me that I was mentioned. And then I saw it, and they mentioned me and the whole Michigan State basketball thing doing the thing, and I was like wow. That's really cool. And the guy that actually started it, he's going to be coming to the show tonight with three of the guys from, I think, three of the guys from the football team. I don't know if that's true, or if it's just three of his buddies. But he is from the football team, so he's going to be coming. It'll be pretty neat to meet him."
- Daniel Bryan
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.
Darren Young and Titus ONeil are down in Miami today, working on that rumored television show for the WWE Network. No word yet on what the show will be about, but the Prime Time Players are wearing suits on the set. There are talks that it could be a sports related show.
Jim Ross has revealed through Twitter that he is extremely close to finalizing a deal with FoxSports.com. The longtime WWE announcer has already started writing for their website, and while no further details have been released about the contract, it is believed that he will have a column online.
JBL is a pretty ambitious individual. The WWE commentator will be attempting to climb Mt Elbrus again in July. He had previous attempted the feat, but severe weather conditions in Russia forced him and his fellow climbers to give up on the trek before they made it to the peak.
In an interesting move, NFL AM had the Bella Twins on the show this morning, and the twin WWE divas discussed the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
While most wrestling fans know him as Captain Lou Albano, very few know about the origin of the nickname. As a youth, he excelled in sports, where he rose to the ranks of captain of his high school football team. It was there when people started calling him Captain.
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 have not yet signed with Fox but we are obviously close and are hopeful that we can finalize the contract next week. Fox provides an amazing platform for creative work and for the many projects that I am working on during the most unretired time of my life. Fox has some potentially, amazing creative ideas for me of which I hope that we get to collaborate on sooner than later.”
"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."
Jim Ross is now writing articles for Fox Sports, and the former WWE commentator has published his first story for the sports website. He discusses the controversial situation involving his good friend Ric Flair, the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Jim Ross will be doing commentary again this weekend, but it will not involved professional wrestling. The long time WWE star will be working as a commentator for the Celtics Radio Network, covering an NBA game between the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.
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.