The long wait for the Royal Rumble is nearly over, but there is still one episode of Monday Night Raw remaining before the road to WrestleMania truly begins. While some fans may have been disappointed with last week's 20th anniversary show, the WWE figures to go all out during tonight's go-home Raw.
The upcoming Royal Rumble has the potential to be the greatest of all time, as the always-entertaining Rumble match will be supported by the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and The Rock. The two combatants have stood face to face over the past couple weeks, and it will be interesting to see who has the upper hand heading into the Rumble.
There is plenty else worth monitoring as well, with the World Heavyweight Championship and Tag Team Championships officially scheduled to be defended at the Royal Rumble. Alberto Del Rio figures to have an advantage over Big Show, but Dolph Ziggler is always lurking around the corner with the Money in the Bank contract in tow. Also, Team Rhodes Scholars are threatening to take the tag straps from Team Hell No.
This particular time of year almost always leads to a higher-quality WWE product, and I doubt that things will be any different in 2013. The WWE wants to start the year off on the right foot and that involves putting on a great Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Here are the top five things you should keep an eye on while watching the final Raw before the Rumble.