The 2013 Royal Rumble is just hours away, and the biggest WWE show since WrestleMania 28 promises to provide the fans with an amazing night of entertainment.
From the 30-man over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble match to the WWE Championship battle between defending champion CM Punk and The Rock, the card for the official start to the road to WrestleMania 29 is flat-out amazing.
With an action-packed Sunday ahead, the WWE Universe is in store for one of the best shows the company has put on outside of WrestleMania in years.
It’s Royal Rumble time!
Where: US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
When: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com has PPV for $44.99
Full Royal Rumble Card
CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock – WWE Championship match
30-Man Battle Royal – Royal Rumble match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Big Show – World Heavyweight Championship last man standing match
Team Hell No (c) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars – Tag Team Championship match
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz – United States Championship match (YouTube Pre-show)
Surprise Royal Rumble Entrants
The best part of the Royal Rumble PPVs each year is the return of superstars via the 30-man battle royal. With stars like Shelton Benjamin, MVP and Carlito rumored to be making an appearance at the Rumble, the WWE Universe is genuinely excited about this match.
Many fans are hoping for a huge return that will blow the lid off the arena, that likely won’t happen. While a healthy dosage of returning midcarders should be expected, the WWE will not do anything to jeopardize the impact of The Rock possibly winning the WWE Championship.
Source: Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.
While this is a bit unconventional, the predictions section of this article will now have the two possible main events—the 30-man Royal Rumble match and the WWE Championship bout—because of how the two outcomes impact each other.
As odd as it will be to experience, the actual 30-man battle royal will not be the main event of the PPV.
With a WrestleMania-worthy main event between The Rock and CM Punk for the WWE Championship, there is no way The Rock would win the title and it doesn’t close the show.
In the actual Royal Rumble match, the WWE could make a last-second decision to go 30 different ways, but logic points to one man; John Cena.
Cena is the face of the company and has to be in a main-event caliber match at the biggest show in WWE history. What better way to ensure his place at the top of the card than by letting the former WWE champion win the Rumble?
With Cena likely challenging the winner of the WWE title match, the Royal Rumble main event between defending champion CM Punk and The Rock will decide which road to WrestleMania WWE takes.
As much as a Punk win would be best for the long-term betterment of the company and his evolution into a top star, the short-term financial advantages of giving The Rock the title until WrestleMania 29 can’t be argued.
The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship would be one of the biggest drawing matches in history, and Rock’s tour around the media circuit in support of his upcoming movies with the title over his shoulder is great publicity.
Sometimes the obvious choice is clear because it is correct.
Predictions: John Cena wins the Rumble and challenges new WWE champion The Rock.
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