On what is a stacked card, the world heavyweight title match should be the first match of the 2013 Royal Rumble.
There are few matches scheduled right now for the pay-per-view, so fans know that each one is going to be of an extremely high quality considering what's being offered today.
Even the preshow match—The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro for the United States title—should be fun to watch.
The Rock vs. CM Punk and Rumble match, not in that order, are guaranteed to be the last matches of the show. That leaves the Tag Team Championship match between Team Hell No and Rhodes Scholars and the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Big Show.
Of those two, the world title match should go on first.
Del Rio and Show have a rivalry going, but it's nowhere near the level of Team Hell No and Rhodes Scholars. The belt is obviously prestigious, however, that didn't stop WWE from having it open WrestleMania XXVIII.
Sheamus and Show had just gotten out of a rivalry that spanned months, so the world title picture is moving into hyper-drive at the moment. Del Rio won the belt two weeks ago and now he's wrestling Show at the Rumble.
Rock/Punk should go before the Rumble. The Royal Rumble is named for one particular match. While it's happened before, a match shouldn't go after the Rumble. It just makes the entire event feel weird.
With that in mind, there should be a buffer match before the WWE Championship match. It's unfortunate that has to be at the expense of the tag match because tag team wrestling is good once again.
WWE needs to do everything in its power to make sure fans are in to Rock/Punk from the very start. The crowd needs to be hot for the entire thing.
Punk's match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXVIII suffered from not having a hot crowd. Although it was a highly anticipated match, the fans were still coming down from the high of Triple H vs. The Undertaker and waiting for The Rock vs. John Cena, which followed Punk/Jericho.
It was still a good match, but the spectacle of the event suffered. It's just not as enjoyable to watch two guys putting on a show in front of a quiet audience. It was an issue the entire night as having the PPV in an open stadium hurt the noise for every match.
The match between Del Rio and Show won't be so hot so as to take too much away from the tag match, either. It might even be the least anticipated match on the card.
It won't be hurt whatsoever by opening the 2013 Royal Rumble.