2013 Royal Rumble

WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Results: John Cena Eliminates Ryback to Win Rumble

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Former WWE Champion John Cena eliminated Ryback to win the 2013 Royal Rumble match and capture the right to square off against either the WWE champion or the World Heavyweight champion at WrestleMania 29.

Cena will certainly challenge whichever star is holding the WWE title on April 7.

The WWE knows that Cena is still the biggest draw on the roster, and the company wants to make sure the face of the brand is one of the main focuses on the road to WrestleMania.

While there will be a large contingent of fans that hate this decision, the WWE made the right move putting its most profitable star in the main event of the largest show in company history.

 

What It Means

Cena’s victory Sunday night in the Royal Rumble has been foreshadowed for months, and it’s the perfect way for the WWE to get the biggest star in the company in the main event without randomly handing him another title shot.

There is little doubt that 2012 was a down year for the 12-time world champion, but a huge victory in the Royal Rumble and a chance to avenge last year’s WrestleMania loss is setting the table for a bounce-back 2013.

Cena fans can rejoice!

 

What’s Next?

As much as the WWE Universe doesn’t want to see it, there is a good chance that a victory for Cena at the Royal Rumble could mean another month feuding with Dolph Ziggler, A.J. and Big E. Langston.

Cena already has a title shot via the Royal Rumble win, so he will likely not be in a WWE title match at Elimination Chamber. That leaves the No. 1 contender without a feud for a month.

While there are many different routes the company could take with Cena over the next few weeks, closing the book on the Ziggler feud before moving on to the WWE Championship match is an acceptable way to handle Cena’s road to WrestleMania.

 

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