Is There Heat On CM Punk?, TNA Is Still Best Option For AJ Styles, Favorite To Win The Royal Rumble & Looking At Four Scenarios, Storyline Pitched For Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus At Wrestlemania, HBK Involved?, Updated Plans For Brock Lesnar, More Rumble Notes

- For those making a big deal about CM Punk appearing in the audience on-camera on UFC on Fox Saturday night as opposed to working one of the two WWE live events, it’s of no use. Punk requested for the night off and it was granted. The first time he appeared in front of UFC TV cameras it was a big deal but now it’s a situation where WWE doesn’t make a big deal out of it at all.

- The position on AJ Styles within WWE is there’s a lot of respect for his talent but he’s still someone they would have to build “their way” at age 36. Styles is working the indies in hopes he raises his value and is able to get a better offer from TNA Wrestling. TNA still hopes to bring him back but it will be interesting to see if their offer increases now that they’ve signed The American Wolves and are very close with MVP.

- Onto Royal Rumble notes, it’s the first step towards Wrestlemania XXX storylines and the next to last pay-per-view under the traditional WWE model. Batista is considered the favorite to win the Rumble match but as I’ve stated on numerous occasions, this is common sense based on his long-awaited return to the company. The company could opt to go in a different direction but based on the 20 announced entrants, Batista is the safest bet. There are arguments for up and coming workers like Big E Langston or Roman Reigns or for CM Punk, who is entering number one. The swerve many are hoping for is Daniel Bryan.

- Speaking of which, Bryan worked Saturday night against Bray Wyatt to give him a chance to brush off ring rust ahead of the singles match on pay-per-view. This is a program WWE is looking to blowoff before Wrestlemania. The creative team has been looking for something to reintroduce Sheamus with and one of the things that recently came up…

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