WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Results: Grading Each Match at Latest Pay-Per-View

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WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Results: Grading Each Match at Latest Pay-Per-View
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It can easily be argued that no non-WrestleMania event has ever been more highly anticipated than the 2013 Royal Rumble. Not only did the show feature the Rumble match, but CM Punk and The Rock also main-evented the show with the WWE Championship on the line. It would have been very easy for the show to disappoint, but it certainly didn't.

Some will argue that the results were too predictable throughout the card, and while that may be true, sometimes predictability is the way to go in wrestling. I would have liked to have seen a surprise Rumble winner, but it's clear that the WWE has a plan in place, so it opted to follow through with it. I'm often critical of WWE's booking; however, I can't get on the writers too much about the Royal Rumble.

On top of that, there were three undercard matches. None of them received much attention from fans heading into the pay-per-view due to the focus on the Rumble match and Rock vs. Punk, but the filler matches definitely added to the event. The World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Big Show was especially good, and it could have even headlined a lesser show.

Here are my grades for each and every match on the Royal Rumble card, complete with analysis regarding the in-ring work and results. 

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