Last night, WWE wanted to push the heel turn by Titus ONeil, so they gave him a match. Since someone was needed to put him over, officials backstage went with Zack Ryder, who has not worked a televised match on Monday Night Raw since October of last year.
In preparations of an upcoming feud against his former Prime Time Player teammate and real life good friend, Darren Young has gone with a shorter haircut. While many are expecting Titus ONeil to be on the receiving end of the push, WWE may be elevating both performers.
There are talks backstage that Titus ONeil could be on the verge of receiving a push in WWE. With his good friend Batista making a return to the company, some feel that management will try to appease him by pushing the Prime Time Player member.
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 honestly don't know. Nobody ever had that discussion with me. So to me, it's interesting. I just go out there and do the best I can. But I think that might have certainly played a part in it. And especially, man, that was awesome, seeing it. So, Titus ONeil, he had texted me. He said, 'Dude, if you're in your hotel room, you have to turn on SportsCenter. I think they'll replay it in probably about 15 minutes.' And he didn't tell me what it was, but he just told me that I was mentioned. And then I saw it, and they mentioned me and the whole Michigan State basketball thing doing the thing, and I was like wow. That's really cool. And the guy that actually started it, he's going to be coming to the show tonight with three of the guys from, I think, three of the guys from the football team. I don't know if that's true, or if it's just three of his buddies. But he is from the football team, so he's going to be coming. It'll be pretty neat to meet him."
- Daniel Bryan
Darren Young and Titus ONeil are down in Miami today, working on that rumored television show for the WWE Network. No word yet on what the show will be about, but the Prime Time Players are wearing suits on the set. There are talks that it could be a sports related show.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil have both revealed that they have received some good news, and it appears that they're referring to a television show that they're being given on the new WWE Network. The company likes both guys, and this is a way to keep them involved without having to push them.
Despite being involved in a high profile match at the Royal Rumble against Brock Lesnar, Big Show was removed from this week's telecast of Monday Night Raw on Hulu. WWE did not feel that his match against Jack Swagger was important enough for the shortened version.
While he has finished serving his punishment for the DUI arrest, WWE is said to be rather upset with Jack Swagger because he cannot travel into Canada for shows because of those legal issues. He was forced to miss a recent show in Montreal.
In an attempt to steal the show, Cody Rhodes climbed to the top of the steel cage during a live event in Madison Square Garden this week and delivered a flying moonsault during a tag team match featuring Goldust, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger.
Jack Swagger is almost done with his six months probation sentence that stemmed from his DUI arreste earlier in the year. The belief was that WWE refused to push him during tha time, so it will be interesting to see what management does now.
There were plans over the weekend to put the WWE Tag Team Championship on Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro during the fatal four way match at TLC. No word on why management changed their minds and kept the belts on Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
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.
There are still plans within WWE to turn Antonio Cesaro into a baby face. It was supposed to have happened already, but the creative department simply has not found the time nor a suitable story to break him away from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger.
Roman Reigns was made to look like the featured attraction, as the Shield member picked up the win for his team against Rey Mysterio and his squad.
3MB filmed a segment this week where they dressed up as the Fabulous Freebirds, but WWE opted against showing their match against Darren Young and Titus O'Neil on Smackdown.
Rey Mysterio made his surprise return on Monday Night Raw during the main event to reveal that he is the mystery partner during the big tag team match at Survivor Series.
On Monday Night Raw, Miz turned heel on Kofi Kingston by walking away from his partner during a tag team match against Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
Titus O'Neil met up with college coaching legend Steve Spurrier, who coached him while he played for the Florida Gators.
Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Kane, Mark Henry and Randy Orton all stepped into the steel cage at Elimination Chamber 2013, but it was Jack Swagger, accompanied by Zeb Colter, who victoriously walked away from the event with a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
John Cena wins Royal Rumble 2013 by last eliminating Ryback. Other contestants in the match include Antonio Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Godfather, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, The Miz, Titus ONeil, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder.
Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.
Edge won Royal Rumble 2010 by last eliminating John Cena. The other contestants in the match include Batista, Beth Phoenix, Big Show, Carlito, Chris Jericho, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, John Morrison, JTG, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, MVP, R Truth, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase, The Miz, Triple H, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.