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.
When TMZ reported that Nikki Bella was starting a career in real estate, it led to mass speculations that she was thinking about leaving WWE. Many feel that she wants to settle down in life. However, the twin diva stated that she was only looking to make some extra money on the side.
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.
TMZ is now providing a little more details into the incident between Matt Hardy and Reby Sky at a motel during New Years Eve that led to their arrest. The gossip website is reporting that Reby was upset with Hardy because she thought he had been drinking or under the influences of drugs.
Matt Hardy and Reby Sky were arrested on January 1, and it somehow managed to avoid the media until now. TMZ has picked up on the story and revealed that the two of them were arrested for fighting one another in a motel room in Virginia. Both were charged with assault and battery.
When word spread last night that CM Punk had informed Vince McMahon at Monday Night Raw that he was leaving WWE, it spread pretty rapidly through the internet, but now those rumor are all over the place since worldwide gossip website TMZ has picked up on the story as well.
"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
Seth Rollins has found his way on to TMZ this week. The WWE star revealed in an interview that he went underneath the ring during a match last week, in order to relieve himself. The Shield member stated that he really needed to pee and could not wait until the segment was over.
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.
TMZ recently caught up with Hulk Hogan and asked him about the Ultimate Warrior being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame later this year. Hogan stated that he does not hate Warrior, he's happy for the induction, and he thinks that it is a good choice by the company.
"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."
TMZ has revealed that Ken Shamrock is now a bodyguard, and the former UFC champion was spotted at an event in Las Vegas protecting 50 Cent. Shamrock is actually working for an agency and is not currently working full time for the rapper.
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.
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.