"At the Gateway to Everywhere,
The call becomes a primal desire.
The annual decision of the powers
that be start the road to the Showcase.
One winner amongst a field of fallen.
One chance to become of the Immortals.
One moment crucified at the crossroads."
January begins the subtle anticipation amongst WWE fans. It starts as a quiet realization of the coming of something important. Like remembering your wife's birthday.
Your heart and mind become one with that understanding. The times and places have already been chosen and the groundwork begins to unfold. The road to WrestleMania starts now.
In two weeks time, one person will secure a shot at destiny on April 1 in Miami. To do so, that person must run a gauntlet by defeating 30 other men through luck, skill and sheer force of will.
On Jan. 29 in St. Louis, the road to WrestleMania officially opens with the Royal Rumble.
Amongst other matches will be the title defense of WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (with the screwy John Laurinaitis calling the match). Other expected matches include John Cena vs. Kane and a World Heavyweight Championship match featuring Daniel Bryan.
There are some critical things going into the pay-per-view that need to be considered which will shape the outcome of the pay-per-view, if not the entire year.
Names such as Punk, Cena, Bryan, Ziggler and Orton will help determine the lay of the road and the shape of things to come.