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.
Since he is claiming that he owns the copyright to the name, Luis Alvirde is still utilizing the Sin Cara name. The masked performer used the moniker while working shows in Mexico and Puerto Rico recently. The belief is that WWE be pursuing legal actions against him.
In another sign that the business relationship between Sin Cara and WWE is over, the masked performer has been signed by World Wrestling League, a promotion in Puerto Rico. He's still interested in returning to USA and working with WWE again, but the feeling is not mutual.
Sin Cara has been contacting WWE about a contract extension, and it appears that the company has not been responding to him whatsoever. Officials are not interested in moving forward with the performer, and they plan to eventually phase the character out completely.
While management has given up on the character, WWE will be keeping Sin Cara around because he is featured in the upcoming Scooby Doo movie. Oficials have no plan on bringing the original performer back, so Hunico will have the role until after the movie has been released.
"'I can't believe that Mistico didn't make it in WWE.' Said nobody that knew the real deal.."
- Karl Anderson taking a jab at the release of Sin Cara
One of the backstage issues between Sin Cara and WWE was that the masked superstar refused to learn English. He openly states that he does not like the language, so he never bothered to learn it. Sin Cara also feels that communicaiton isn't a must in the ring.
The original Sin Cara has pulicly stated that he owns the rights to the character. He also claims that he has proof, and that lawyers would be able to sort things out with WWE. Some believe that is the reason why the company has not been pushing the character as much lately.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
The WWE Divas Championship is being viewed as a backup plan at Royal Rumble 2014 right now. If there is enough time on the show, then the match between AJ Lee and Naomi Knight will take place. If not, then management will wait until the following Monday Night Raw.
Sin Cara is going to be making his return to the wrestling ring soon, but it will not be for WWE. The masked star is set to work a show on February 1, 2014 down in Mexico, which is a further sign that a contract extension with WWE is not in the works.
"Maybe the reason I don’t like you hitting on me isn’t because I’m mean- maybe I’m tired, or taken, or you look like a mass murderer."
- AJ Lee
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.
"It's official. Longest reigning Diva's champ. 213 and counting. Time to party. And by party, I mean eat ice cream in bed with only half the shame I would normally have."
Maryse Ouellet held the WWE Divas Championship for 216 days straight, but she is about to be surpassed on that list by AJ Lee, who has now held the belt for 212 days straight. No word yet on whether or not WWE will make a big storyline out of that.
It looks like Maxim magazine will be attempting to set up a photo shoot with AJ Lee, so that the WWE diva can be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue. They recently conducted a poll, and she managed to beat out more known female celebrities.
While the masked superstar is still interested in a return, WWE has expressed very little interest in bringing Sin Cara back now that his contract has expired. The belief is that the company can save a good amount of money by using Hunico instead.
It looks like Emma has now emerged as a strong candidate to be the next NXT developmental diva to be called up to the main roster by WWE. She worked the live event tour this week. Emma teamed with Natalya to defeat AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka.
With his contract expired, Sin Cara is officially gone from WWE. The masked star acknowledges that Hunico has been working under the mask since his departure, and he has been encouraging fans to let the company know that he is missed.
Through Twitter, AJ Lee revealed to her fans that she recently lost a tooth during a match. The belief is that she is being kept off screen by WWE while that happens. She has missed a couple of appearances on Monday Night Raw since the incident.
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.
Despite being replaced by Hunico under the mask on WWE shows, the original Sin Cara has still been posting pictures of himself with the mask on Twitter. The company is planning on keeping the character even after his contract expires in a few days.
While the incident between Michelle Beadle and AJ Lee received a lot of coverage on the internet, Access Hollywood has released an article about Tribute to the Troops without mentioning a thing about the backstage situation that took place.
In order to prevent the story from escalating, WWE is not planning to punish AJ Lee on screen, as fans will add to on speculations of backstage heat if she were to go on a losing streak. This increases her chances of holding on to the championship.
In order to prevent the incident with AJ Lee from blowing up any further, WWE contacted Michelle Beadle and asked the Access Hollywood host to post a statement on Twitter. The hope is that it would convince fans that it was a misunderstanding.
The backstage incident with AJ Lee is drawing media attention, as Michelle Beadle, the Access Hollywood host that was involved in the situation, was a top trending topic on Yahoo! throughout the weekend.
Despite her backstage incident this week, AJ Lee managed to retain the WWE Divas Championship during her match against Natalya Neidhart at TLC. AJ got the pin fall victory after reversing a Sharp Shooter attempt from Natalya.
AJ Lee is in some hot water with WWE officials, as the diva confronted Michelle Beadle, the host of Access Hollywood, backstage with an obscenity laced tirade. Beadle was chatting with CM Punk backstage at the Tribute to the Troops show.
While WWE has been proclaiming that the voting process for the Slammy Awards has been completely legitimate, there are many that are skeptical because they feel that AJ Lee would have garnered the most votes for the Diva of the Year award.
While management is trying to elevate Sin Cara, WWE opted not to include his match and victory against Alberto Del Rio on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, leading some to wonder just how serious they are about this push.