WWE Royal Rumble 2013: What We Learned from the Rock's Win

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

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Photo courtesy of WWE

When the Royal Rumble finally came to an end, it was The Rock who was holding the WWE Championship, not CM Punk.

There are several different things we learned from The Rock's win on Sunday.

For instance, with The Rock as the new champion, the road to WrestleMania is starting to get a little clearer.

The Brahma Bull still seems like he is in great ring shape, and he managed to put on a great match with CM Punk.

The Rock's win, though, also put an end to CM Punk's impressive title reign.

And while not everyone will be happy with the ending of their match, The Rock's win at the Royal Rumble shows that the WWE has different plans for CM Punk—plans that don't seem to revolve around the title.

The Rock's win at the Royal Rumble revealed the possibility of what the WWE could be planning on the road to WrestleMania.


The Rematch

With The Rock now WWE Champion, the road to WrestleMania is becoming clear.  John Cena also won big at the Rumble, walking away with the win in the actual Royal Rumble match.

More importantly, though, is The Rock's win over CM Punk.  The WWE seems to be on the path of having Cena vs. The Rock again at WrestleMania.

The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is still to come before WrestleMania 29, but don't be surprised if The Rock continues to hold on to the belt once the PPV is over.

And once the Elimination Chamber PPV is over, the next step for The Rock will be to defend his title against John Cena.

Yes, these two will square off again, with The Rock more than likely dropping the belt to John Cena.

The Brahma Bull's win at the Royal Rumble puts the wheels in motion for a once-in-a-lifetime rematch.


Plans For Punk

For more than a year now, the plans for CM Punk have moved around the title.  It was about keeping the belt on him until the Royal Rumble, where The Rock would take over as WWE Champion.

Sure, Ryback might have been considered as the one to end Punk's reign back at Hell in a Cell, but the WWE choose to keep Punk's streak as champion alive, and it paid off.

Now that he no longer has the belt, though, what will be CM Punk's plans as the WWE moves into the future?

He will be involved in the elimination chamber match at the Elimination Chamber PPV, but when it comes to WrestleMania, where will CM Punk be?

The current plans seem to point to Punk facing The Undertaker, and now that Punk has dropped the belt, those plans seem like more of a reality.

The only problem with Punk facing the Deadman really lies in The Undertaker's health.  Back in October, he was reported to be "not in good shape" by Mar Middleton of WrestlingInc.com.  If the Deadman can't compete at WrestleMania 29, where will the WWE go with Punk from here?


Fan Reaction

It was clear from the way fans reacted to both The Rock and CM Punk that their match was much different from when The Rock squared off against John Cena.  Punk vs. The Rock was not a face vs. face scenario.

Still, fans were cheering for CM Punk.

It was clear when the match ended that a part of the WWE Universe wasn't ready for CM Punk's title reign to end.

Moving forward into Raw, it will be interesting to see how the fans react to Punk now, and how they react to The Rock as the new WWE Champion.

His schedule is limited, so will fans get frustrated with the new champion’s limited appearances?  The Rock is the People's Champ, but will the people be sick of him once WrestleMania rolls around?

It's hard to watch Punk's impressive title reign end, but The Rock might end up being the best choice for Punk to drop the belt to.

How fans reacted at the Royal Rumble proved that the WWE Universe still has mixed feelings about Punk dropping the belt.

How fans react moving forward toward WrestleMania is something we will have to wait and see.


The Road to WrestleMania

The road to WrestleMania has clearly been set in motion with The Rock winning the WWE Championship.  All signs are pointing toward a rematch between The Rock and Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.

The most important thing we should take away from The Rock's win at the Royal Rumble is not how he ruined Punks title reign, but how only The Rock would suffice as the person to whom Punk would drop the belt.

The Rock walked away with the WWE championship at the Royal Rumble.

And even with the Shield's involvement, we learned that nothing could save Punk from the Brahma Bull.