Now that he is back on good terms with the company after the incident at Summerslam 2013 that cost Jim Ross his job, Ric Flair is being heavily rumored to join the stacked episode of Monday Night Raw on February 24, the same night that WWE Network launches. He will be needed to help promote WCW and NWA content on the network.
The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.
In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.
While he was originally scheduled to work a high profile match against the Undertaker at the event, there are those backstage within WWE that are pushing for Brock Lesnar to be moved into a program with Batista at Wrestlemania 30 instead.
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.
Dana White recently revealed that Brock Lesnar definitely does want to fight in the UFC again, and the former heavyweight champion even wants to do it while he is under contract to WWE, which means that he is trying to convince Vince McMahon to modify his contract to let that happen.
While wrestling fans view it as one of the highest priorities, WWE does not share the same sentiment when it comes to signing Sting. The company definitely would like to bring him on board, but they do not view this as big of a deal as they did with Batista, Brock Lesnar, Rock and Hulk Hogan.
It has been known for several weeks now that Brock Lesnar was not going to be working Elimination Chamber 2014, but speculations arose that the plans might have changed because of the story line on Monday Night Raw. As of right now, Lesnar is still not scheduled for the event, despite it being held near his home town.
To add even further interest in the story line, Paul Heyman has revealed that he has paid the $10,000 fine for Brock Lesnar. He is selling the Wrestlemania 30 match by letting people know that his client will be allowed to be as brutal as he wishes to be.
Brock Lesnar has been fined $10,000 by WWE. While there are a few people who believe this to be a real thing, it is simply a story line that the company is working, in order to sell the brutality that the former UFC champion has been unleashing as of late.
Big Show was noticeably missing from Monday Night Raw this week. WWE has given him some time off to heal from the hand injury that he suffered at a live event over the weekend. Management had Brock Lesnar attacking him during Royal Rumble 2014 to write him off of television.
Many were expecting Brock Lesnar to take another break after Royal Rumble 2014, as that has usually been the case when the former UFC champion works a pay per view for WWE, but he is scheduled to appear on Monday Night Raw tonight, probably to set up his Wrestlemania 30 match.
Since Big Show suffered an injury during a WWE live event over the weekend, his match against Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2014 was kept extremely short. The former UFC champion utilized several chair shots and an impressive F5, where he walked around the ring first, to finish off Show.
WWE was really hoping for a hot match for Brock Lesnar tonight at Royal Rumble 2014, so that he can have a lot of momentum heading into Wrestlemania 30, but that might be in jeopardy as his opponent for the evening, Big Show, injured his hand at a live event on Saturday night.
Those backstage within WWE believe that it is all but assured that the Undertaker will be working a high profile match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 this year. Management wanted a less physical opponent, but opted to go with what they view as the biggest draw.
There are talks that the Undertaker could be making an appearance at Royal Rumble 2014. WWE seems set on having a big match between he and Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, so the buildup for that match could be started at the pay per view on Sunday night.
"Everyone wanted that spot and I was the lucky one that got chosen. It's an absolute honor. Growing up watching Ric Flair with the way he dressed, the way he walks, the way he talks, I kind of embodied that character. It's been working out really well because I've been winning with it. So thank you Ric Flair, I'm finally winning."
- The Miz
"I don't think you have to be a Mensa member to figure out that it had an influence on decisions that were made. I was working with the developmental kids in NXT and enjoying that, and got called in for that job. It was a very unique night, to say the least. Ric Flair was coming off maybe the most traumatic time of his life. Reid Flair had recently died of a drug overdose. In hindsight, it might not have been the most timely booking, to get him in that environment. And then you can look at the other side and say maybe it's a good thing to get him out around friends. As it worked out, you'd probably lean more to the former than the latter. But here's the deal. I was conductor of a runaway train. I was supposed to keep it on the tracks and that didn't happen. So I don't have any issues taking responsibility. Did I envision that it would help facilitate my exit? No. But I could see the thinking behind it."
- Jim Ross