In order to push him higher up the ladder, WWE will eventually be required to take the United States Heavyweight Championship off of Rusev. However, people backstage do not want to see John Cena picking up the strap because it would seem like a demotion for his character. An idea being tossed around backstage is to have Cena helping another wrestler, such as Jack Swagger or Curtis Axel, win the belt from the Russian sympathizer.
March 5, 2015
WWE officials want to give Hideo Itami an opportunity to produce a great singles match, so that the audience can accept him as more than just a tag team wrestler. The decision has now been made to send Curtis Axel, a veteran that is well trusted by the management team because he's a very solid in ring performer, down to NXT to make that happen. The two of them will work the main event match on January 1, 2015, down in Florida.
December 19, 2014