WWE Raw Results and Report Card 1/21/13: Grading the Final Raw Before the Rumble

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WWE Raw Results and Report Card 1/21/13: Grading the Final Raw Before the Rumble
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It was the final Raw before Sunday's Royal Rumble, the last chance for the WWE to sell many fans on dropping some serious dough on the first major pay-per-view of the year. The Rumble, of course, is a draw in and of itself.

Some people love nothing more than a ring teeming with wrestlers, each monstrosity trying to dump 29 other men over the top rope to earn his place in the WrestleMania main event.

This year, however, the success and failure of the Royal Rumble is on the shoulders of two men—The Rock, former wrestling star turned movie attraction, and CM Punk, the promotion's most promising young wrestler.

Punk has drawn a clear line between the two. The Rock, in his mind, is an entertainer, dancing and singing to please the people. He, on the other hand, sees himself as a wrestler, a throw back to the days of smokey arenas and men like Harley Race and Lou Thesz.

Will fans care about this kind of division in 2013? That's the question we'll soon know the answer to.

Success and failure for The Rock and Punk will be determined at a future quarterly earnings report. Judging what happened in the ring Monday night is a little easier—and more immediate. Presented here are letter grades for every segment.

Who passed with flying colors?

Who failed miserably?

Click on to find out.

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