It had been 10 years since The Rock last strapped on WWE gold. Ten years since one of wrestling's all-time greats shoved Stone Cold Steve Austin aside to become champion of the world. Did he still have it after years spent on a Hollywood movie set rather than inside the WWE ring?
That was the question that lurked beneath the surface, the subtext of his match with CM Punk Sunday in the main event of the WWE's second-biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Surpassing all reasonable expectations, Rock showed he did indeed still have it, was still the man he was a decade prior. By earning the WWE title in the middle of the ring with the People's Elbow, Rock was clearly the big winner of the evening, winning the battle as both a character and a performer.
Who else left the US Airways Center in Phoenix a winner? In my last slide you can see the actual results. But in wrestling, winners and losers aren't always so clear-cut. A wrestler can move on to bigger and better things with an entertaining loss. A winner who can't entertain the crowd, likewise, is a loser despite what the record book says.
So who were the real winners and losers at the Royal Rumble? Click on to find out.