"I call dibs on GTS, Pepsi Plunge and running knee in corner. I am sure Sheamus will take the rest."
- Ryback mocking the departure of CM Punk from WWE
Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.
That big push for Wade Barrett isn't likely to take place any time soon. The feeling is that WWE is giving him television time each week, in order to fill up the three hours of Monday Night Raw. Plus, his segments are said to amuse the script writers in the creative department.
Many backstage in WWE are surprised that Yoshi Tatsu has managed to stick with the company. He has not toured with the main roster for quite some time now. He also was replaced by Wade Barrett last year when the company needed to do some promotions in Asia.
While his removal was a last minute decision like it was for other performers, Wade Barrett was pulled from Royal Rumble 2014 earlier in the week. The unknown person that was supposed to replace him ended up not being thrown into the match after all.
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.
"And I really wish Edge were still here. It killed me when I was out injured and he ended up having that final match with Alberto Del Rio. He was there while I was with the Nexus and he was just such a joy to be around. He's a good human being and just knew so much. He was always helping. Its guys like that that I wish were around still."
- Ryback on the retirement of Edge
Since a working relationship with the Ultimate Warrior has been reestablished, there are talks that WWE is trying to put him into a quick match at Wrestlemania 30. An opponent that has been discussed is none other than Ryback, a performer who has been in the dog house with management for quite a few months now.
"I've given up my spot in this year's Royal Rumble to make way for a WWE legend. It's top secret, but just between us, here's a clue: Voodoo."
- Wade Barrett on giving up his spot at Royal Rumble 2014
Aside from being utilized to help promote Brock Lesnar, who works a limited schedule, there does not appear to be much of a story line for Paul Heyman backstage. After being split apart from Curtis Axel and Ryback, management hasn't shown an interest in adding new guys for the former ECW owner to work with.
WWE has been pushing the wrestlers to use Twitter more often, especially on weekends, in order to get the fans talking more about the performers and company. The belief is that management has noticed how much of a buzz Ryback has been able to create through the social media website.
While the chances of it happening are extremely close to none because the two sides simply cannot come to an agreement on financial terms, WWE is still holding out a little bit of hope that they can sign Goldberg and have him wrestle Ryback at Wrestlemania 30.
During Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler made a comment about how Ryback isn't smart enough to know the two directions that an elevator can go. That prompted a respon from Ryback on Twitter, where the WWE star mentioned about Miss Kitty, Lawler's former wife.
After a series of interesting Tweets this week, Ryback has added another noteworthy one, when the often criticized WWE star mentioned that he was asked to induct the Ultimate Warrior into the hall of fame. The belief is that he is just joking around.
It appears that Ryback might have reached his boiling point with all of the online rumors regarding his situation in WWE. He has posted several messages on Twitter, most of which were deleted shortly afterwards, about his potential release from the company.
Ryback is now notorious for being a person that routinely deletes his posts on Twitter, as the WWE star has done so again after some peculiar messages were published on the social media website last night. He added some new posts on Sunday afternoon.
While management was not planning on giving him a big push or anything, there are some concerns that Curtis Axel is going to be held back by his tag team partner Ryback, who has secured himself a spot in the WWE dog house for a variety of reasons.
Ryback posted an interesting message on Twitter last night, where the WWE star stated that he was released. He then revealed that he was talking about being released by a police officer who had pulled him over, thinking that his GPS was a cell phone.
"A guy like Brock Lesnar, I believe we are very similar breeds as far as style and intensity. I think if you tagged us together, that's an unstoppable force that would never be beaten."
When Ryback was on commentary during Monday Night Raw this week, he made a peculiar comment about hanging out with Lilian Garcia when explaining his hoarse voice. It turns out that it was a jab within WWE towards the longtime announcer.
While he is accepting full responsibility for the incident in the ring, Ryback is receiving more backstage heat in WWE for giving Dolph Ziggler a concussion while taping a match before Monday Night Raw this week. He was already in trouble for other things.
As another sign of how he has been dropped down the card in WWE, Ryback is now being utilized to put over Sin Cara at live events. The two opened up the show in Greensboro this week.
The backstage heat on Ryback still remains in tact, as there have been no plans discussed to push him up past the lower mid card level that he has been placed into. Management will more than likely keep him in a tag team with Curtis Axel as punishment.
There is some concerns within WWE about Wade Barrett, as his match against Tyson Kidd, another under utilized performer, has been receiving a horrible reaction from the audiences at various live events during the past week.
It has been two weeks now since Ryback deleted all of his posts on Twitter, and it appears that the WWE star has opted to completely avoid the social media website. Ryback has had issues with management before over Twitter.
The push for Wade Barrett is not off to a good start, as WWE didn't even bother to include the Bad News Barrett segment on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw. Management usually cuts things that they do deem to be of high priority.
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.
In a rather interesting move, Ryback has once again deleted all of his tweets on Twitter. This is the third or fourth time that it has happened. WWE has instructed him to do so before, and it seems like they've done that again.
There are those within WWE that are skeptical about the Bad News Barrett gimmick that recently made its debut, as many are concerned that Wade Barrett will have his gimmick abruptly taken away from him like he has in the past.
Since the creative department doesn't have a story line for either guy, there are talks that Curtis Axel and Ryback could become a more permanent tag team in WWE.
"People will say Ryback - 'What would Warrior have been like with Ryback?' Or Goldberg. I know why they say those things - because of the intensity and body look, the aggression, the power. Those kind of matches tend to be f**king stinkers, you know? You want to work with somebody who's got a different style. Wrestling is more than just being big."
The burial of Ryback continues in WWE, as Mark Henry made a surprising return at the Survivor Series to answer his challenge. The former World Heavyweight Champion picked up the pin fall victory in less than five minutes after hitting the World's Strongest Slam.
"I have a great amount of respect for Bill Goldberg, but I'm not going to beat around the bush and say I wanna be best friends with the guy. I'd like to face him in the ring. I've heard him say he's not happy with comments I've made about him, if he has a problem with it let's settle it at Wrestlemania."
There's talks that Ryback received even more backstage heat within WWE for doing moves that are clearly associated with Goldberg. Some say that he did them without permission from management.
There's talks that WWE could use Ryback in a feud with Rey Mysterio to put over the popular masked performer in his return feud.
Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre joke about tornadoes affecting their traveling issues on Twitter.
Wade Barrett does the Miz entrance on WWE 2K14.
Since the show is in England tonight, there is a very good chance that Wade Barrett could be making his return on Monday Night Raw tonight.
WWE has instructed Ryback to do moves associated with Goldberg, in order to tease a potential match between the two.