While he has not been given a feud to work with since making his return to WWE, Rey Mysterio is very much still a part of the plans for Wrestlemania 30. He was penciled in for a big match against Sin Cara, but management is now looking for a new opponent for him at the pay per view.
Aside from half hearted programs with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio really has not been given a full program by WWE to work with since wrestling John Cena at Survivor Series 2013. However, the feeling backstage is that Del Rio is assured a spot at Wrestlemania 30 to draw in the Spanish media.
While there are still plans by WWE to push him, Big E Langston has essentially been neglected by the creative department over the last couple of weeks because the writers simply have not come up with anything for his character to do with Mark Henry being off television.
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.
At Royal Rumble 2014, fans in the arena heavily showered Rey Mysterio with boos. While that confused many at the beginning, it became evident shortly thereafter that people were upset that Mysterio had the final spot in the match instead of Daniel Bryan.
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.
"I'm a performer at heart and want to have the best performance. You just find a place in your mind where there's a trigger and you can go from being happy to emotional in a heartbeat if you're there and I was mentally there. I had so many people call about that. Arsenio Hall, Big Show and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin [reached out]. Austin said he smelled a rat. I was like, 'If you smelled a rat, it's in your house.' Nobody saw that coming. He was like, 'I've been around too long kid. I could smell a rat in a woodpile.'"
While the initial plans had him working a match against Sin Cara, WWE may have changed their mind on how to use Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 30. There are those within the company that are now leaning towards him working a match against Alberto Del Rio with his mask on the line.
Since he intends to retire after his current contract expires, Mark Henry has started looking at career opportunities within the company. The former World Heavyweight Champion has expressed interest in having his own show on the new WWE Network.
In order to sell the on screen injury that he suffered from Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, Mark Henry wore an arm sling with his suit while he was backstage at the WWE Network press release event in Las Vegas last night.
It looks like Mark Henry will be skipping the Royal Rumble this year, as WWE has written him out of the story line, in order to sell the beating from Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw this week. The story line states that he has a broken elbow from the attack.
While he has already made his official return to WWE, officials are still protecting Rey Mysterio at the moment, as many feel that his legs are not quite at the strength that they should be at yet.
While all signs are pointing to him working a match against Mark Henry at the Royal Rumble, there are still talks about putting Brock Lesnar with the Big Show, who is expected back on Monday Night Raw next week, at the pay per view.
To further sell the story line and the beating, WWE.com has posted an article about how Mark Henry has bruised ribs after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw this week. Henry is actually fine and the two are still scheduled for a match.
With Brock Lesnar returning on Monday Night Raw and demolishing Mark Henry, word going around is that the two of them are being set for a match at the Royal Rumble. It's a way to get Lesnar on the show without him having to lose in the battle royale.
Word going around right now is that WWE will throw Brock Lesnar into a quick feud with Mark Henry to build him back up again after a lengthy hiatus from the company. The former UFC champion is expected to show up on television in a few days.
If you've ever wanted to see big Mark Henry dancing to Billy Jean, the classic hit song from music legend Michael Jackson, then you should probably check out the latest rounds of live events by WWE. The company has been giving fans that treat this week.
A little war of words is going on through Twitter, as WWE legend Jake Roberts has called out Mark Henry for burying his good friend Kizarny a couple of years back. Henry actually took the time to defend himself in a tweet, which has increased interest.
One of the reasons why WWE wants to do a match at Wrestlemania 30 between Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara is that they hope it would generate some interest from the media in Mexico. Management also wants to elevate the Sin Cara character.
The belief is that Mark Henry will be retiring from WWE as an active in ring performer after his latest contract expires. The former World Heavyweight Champion signed a new three year deal with the company earlier in the year.
Since WWE wants to save his big match against Mark Henry for Wrestlemania 30, it appears that the creative department will be setting up lower level and mid card performers as challengers for Big E Langston and the Intercontinental Championship.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust retained the WWE Tag Team Championship at TLC. Curtis Axel and Ryback were elminated first, followed by Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesario. Big Show and Rey Mysterio were eliminated when Cody pinned Mysterio.
Since WWE officials do not have a story line for Rey Mysterio, they have decided to throw him together with Big Show into a tag team. The two of them are expected to work together until at least the Royal Rumble.
John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, Fandango, Great Khali, R Truth, Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were all in attendance at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference in Santa Clara.