Chris Benoit shocked the wrestling world when he was able to win the Royal Rumble and earned himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. He was successfully able to eliminate the Big Show to win the match.
Former best friends turned heated rivals engaged in a battle for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble as Shawn Michaels challenged Triple H in a Last Man Standing match, but neither side could proclaim victory as the bout ended in a draw.
Bob Holly finally got his chance at the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, but he was unable to defeat Brock Lesnar to become the champion. This match was the Smackdown main event for the evening.
Despite repeated attempts by his father to interfere, Chavo Guerrero was unable to beat his uncle Eddie Guerrero in a match at the Royal Rumble.
Jamie Noble, who was accompanied by Nidia, challenged for the WWE cruiser weight championship at the Royal Rumble, but he was unable to defeat the massively popular Rey Mysterio for the belt after a very brief match that lasted less than four minutes.
Ric Flair and Batista, representing Evolution, were successfully able to defend the WWE tag titles against the Dudley Boyz in a Tables match at the Royal Rumble. In a rather interesting bit, the match lasted less than five minutes.
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.
"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
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.
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.