Since CM Punk has been pulled from all of the upcoming live events, WWE needed a new main event match, as he was originally planned to headline the shows with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Now, Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan have been moved into the top spot.
With CM Punk abruptly leaving the company, WWE needed someone to replace him at the upcoming live events that he was scheduled for. Sheamus has been chosen as the replacement, and he will be working handicap matches against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
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.
"One time, and this is a true story, we were in South Africa and [Cena] started battle rapping. He started rapping with someone and it was awesome. He went five minutes just talking about things around the room. And we were like, 'Oh my gosh. Where did that come from?' Tommy Dreamer heard it and Tommy took it to Shane McMahon and Shane McMahon heard it and took it to Vince McMahon and next thing you know he's a rapper on TV…and he had already been with us six months or so. Slowly but surely he just became John Cena the superstar."
- Tommy Dreamer telling a backstage story
Seth Rollins has found his way on to TMZ this week. The WWE star revealed in an interview that he went underneath the ring during a match last week, in order to relieve himself. The Shield member stated that he really needed to pee and could not wait until the segment was over.
Another person that has been gaining some power backstage in TNA is Taz. Aside from being the voice of Impact Wrestling, he also has been helping out with the creative department. Taz was also instrumental in the return of Tommy Dreamer to the front office.
While he made his return to the company in a full time capacity recently, Tommy Dreamer has no plans on wrestling all that frequently for TNA. He is simply there to work backstage as an agent. Dreamer also mentioned that he was open to more responsibilities within the promotion.
Within the industry, Jeff Jarrett is viewed as someone that has a great sense of business and is quite versatile, so when he opted to leave TNA, Dixie Carter decided to replace him with someone similiar. Tommy Dreamer is now filling the role once held by Jarrett.
While it appeared that he was only coming back to work a couple of matches for the company, it now looks like Tommy Dreamer is back full time with TNA. The former ECW star worked the latest television event as a backstage agent and was reintroduced during the talent meeting.
Tommy Dreamer noted on Twitter that it has been thirteen years since the very final ECW show took place, and the former champion posted a special picture of some of the stars from backstage.
"We've all had the opportunity to get in the ring with some guys that are considered in the history of this business; CM Punk , John Cena, the Undertaker, Rock, guys like that. At this point, it's kind of customary. I don't feel out of place. There are no nerves. I feel at home."
While he worked two shows for the company this week, Tommy Dreamer is not signed to a long term deal with TNA. Since the two sides are working on a business deal and have remained on good terms, the veteran performer agreed to work the events.
Tommy Dreamer will be working for TNA tonight when the company films their one night only Hardcore Justice pay per view in Massachusetts. The former ECW and WWE star will be taking on Ethan Carter in a tables match.
Seth Rollins has been receiving praise backstage in WWE, especially after his taped performance against John Cena on Smackdown this week. The company feels that he is a very consistent performer who should be a valuable role player for years.
"Will Seth Rollins have the hardest time making it in WWE? I don't know why some automatically assume this. Rollins has arguably had more, better matches than any Shield member on TV. I wouldn't sleep on Rollins success if I were a fan."
Tommy Dreamer tweeted a special happy birthday message to DOC, formerly known as Luke Gallows in WWE.
WWE has a poll on their website, asking fans which member of the Shield do they think will win the heavyweight championship first. Seth Rollins is surprisingly in the lead at 41%, while Roman Reigns has 33% and Dean Ambrose has 26%.
CM Punk defeated all three members of the Shield during the opening match of TLC. He was able to pin Dean Ambrose after Roman Reigns accidentally hit his teammate with the spear. Match was entertaining, and the crowd was lively.
Tommy Dreamer has announced that he will bringing back his YouTube show. It appears that former WWE diva Shelly Martinez, known as Ariel in ECW, will be his first guest.
In an article that was designed to give some performers more of the spotlight, WWE has listed Seth Rollins as one of the many underrated wrestlers in the company. He was actually compared to CM Punk and Jeff Hardy in the article.
The belief is that WWE officials view Seth Rollins as a mid card performer. While he is unlikely to ever break past the glass ceiling, he is solid enough of a worker who can stick with the company for years as a supporting cast member.
Undertaker vs CM Punk, John Cena vs Rock, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs Shield and Triple H vs Brock Lesnar have been nominated for Match of the Year at the Slammy Awards show on Monday Night Raw this week.
WWE has appointed the Shield as their rookies of the year. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat out the Wyatt Family, Fandango, Curtis Axel and Big E Langston.
ECW legend Tommy Dreamer will be returning to TNA at the end of December to work the Hardcore Justice pay per view.
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.
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
Corey Graves, a WWE developmental wrestler, took to Twitter to playfully mock the Shield about their entrance routine on Monday Night Raw.
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.
WWE put together an entertaining video of the Shield doing the 3MB entrance on their new video game.
Despite the tease on Monday Night Raw this week, the Wyatt Family and the Shield are not expected to feud any time soon. Some within WWE are wanting to save that program for Wrestlemania 30.
Tommy Dreamer revealed that his wife, Beulah McGillicutty, has been hospitalized with post concussion syndrome.
In order to advance their cross promotion, TNA star Bully Ray crashed a House of Hardcore show, promoted by Tommy Dreamer.
Tommy Dreamer is now doing cross promotions for his his House of Hardcore promotion with TNA.
Triple H was visibly upset during Monday Night Raw when Vince McMahon sent the Shield out early to disrupt his segment with the Big Show.
The original plans for Monday Night Raw were to have CM Punk and Daniel Bryan entering into a feud together against the Shield.