On January 27th, as WWE presents Royal Rumble 2013, the two most anticipated matches will be the annual Royal Rumble match and the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and The Rock.
Which match is considered the main event? That is, which one will end the pay-per-view?
Traditionally, the Royal Rumble match itself should headline and main event the show. After all, the pay-per-view is named after the historic match. While the WWE title match is not completely predictable, this year’s rumble match is filled with possible winners. The popular idea is that John Cena will win; however, Ryback is also a plausible option to win his first rumble match. You also have dark horses in Daniel Bryan, The Miz and even a returning Brock Lesnar.
The last time the Royal Rumble match did not end the pay-per-view was in 2006. The rumble match also did not main event the show in 1988, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Will this year be the sixth year that the Royal Rumble match does not main event its own pay-per-view?
One big reason it might be is the most electrifying man in all of entertainment: The Rock.
This year, we have a money maker in terms of the WWE Championship match. The Rock versus CM Punk is at the level of a WrestleMania match.
With CM Punk’s WWE title reign reaching well over 400-plus days, The Rock could finally be the one to end the reign. The other option is obviously having CM Punk defeat The Rock in what would be considered one of the biggest wins of his career.
If you think about WrestleMania 28, what match ended the show?
The Rock vs. John Cena.
Although throughout CM Punk’s title reign it was quite rare to see his championship match end a pay-per-view, it comes down to the money maker match. CM Punk against Chris Jericho was a great match, with a great buildup. However, The Rock against John Cena was building towards WrestleMania 28 for a full year. When you build up a match for that long, it has to be the main event, regardless of who is champion.
On Raw 1000, The Rock announced he would be facing the WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. That should have automatically told you how the pay-per-view would end—not necessarily in terms of the winner, but in terms of which match would main event the show.
You may think that whenever The Rock is involved, he will be in the main event, and you may be right.
Unless there are multiple big-time stars, such as The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar or even Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock will likely get the nod to be in the main event. The Undertaker’s match with Triple H was arguably better than The Rock and John Cena, but there was no way the "end of an era" match would finish the show.
If Stone Cold Steve Austin ever makes a return to the ring, it is very possible he will be in the main event. He may be the only one who can main event a match like The Rock can.
If you ask me, the Royal Rumble match should finish the show on January 27th, but it will be The Rock against CM Punk for the WWE Championship that ultimately does main event Royal Rumble 2013.
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