WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Results: The Rock Beats CM Punk, Wins WWE Championship
Punk and Rock exchange blows to start the match and The Rock got the better of the exchange, sending Punk flying to the outside.
The two brawled on the outside as "let's go Rocky" chants interchanged with "CM Punk" chants. "Rocky" chants started up as the match shifted in CM Punk's favor. The crowd remained split, chanting "boots to asses/knees to faces" as Punk continued to ground Rocky.
The Rock battled back momentarily but Punk answered with a back heel kick as he continued his assault, working over Rock's internal injuries.
Dove to the outside and connected with an axe handle smash on The Rock, but began to sell his surgically repaired left knee.
Punk hit a suicide dive on The Rock after dumping him to the outside. Rock dodged a spring board clothesline by Punk and immediately went after his injured knee. A Rock Bottom attempt was countered by CM Punk, who tried for the GTS. Rock countered with a Sharpshooter but Punk rolled through and slapped on the Anaconda Vice. Rock broke the hold with a rollup attempt followed by a DDT.
Rock tried for another Rock Bottom, but Punk turned it into a crucifix and was countered as Rock rolled through with a Sharpshooter. Punk forced the rope break as the Rocky contingent booed.
The match went to the outside as Rock set Punk up on the table. Punk battled back and teased the GTS, but The Rock hit a Rock bottom on the table as the table collapsed before the move was able to be completed.
Rock followed up with a Rock Bottom on the outside. He only received a nearfall after pinning Punk in the ring. Punk connected with a roundhouse kick on The Rock as the two men stirred.
Punk and Rock went back and forth exchanging punches. Rock hit the ropes and connected with a flying clothesline followed by a spine buster.
The Rock went for the People's Elbow, but the lights went out and The Rock was heard being put through the table in the dark. Michael Cole insisted that it was The Shield as Punk rolled Rock back in the ring.
Punk pinned The Rock for the win. He kicked Rock out of the ring and celebrated with Paul Heyman as fans — and The Rock's mother — were shown in disbelief.
Vince McMahon came out.
Vince was about to strip Punk of the WWE Championship but Rock stopped him and insisted that the match be restarted. McMahon started the match as Punk immediately went after The Rock. Punk hit the knee in the corner and went for the GTS, but Rock countered and hit The People's Elbow for the win.
Winner: The Rock
This Match as a Royal Rumble Winner: Hulk Hogan
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