2013 Royal Rumble

John Cena's Victory at the Royal Rumble Was Grimly Predictable

Cena is heading to the WrestleMania main event after a second Rumble win.
Cena is heading to the WrestleMania main event after a second Rumble win.Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images
Aaron GalesCorrespondent IIJanuary 28, 2013

After last year's Royal Rumble match, I was in a state of shock. I couldn't believe that Sheamus had won the right to a main-event match at Wrestlemania.

This wasn't because I didn't like Sheamus, but it was the shock factor that I found disappointing. In the lead up to the Rumble, all the talk had been about the return of Chris Jericho, and he was many people's favourite to win. There were other candidates with many people favouring Randy Orton.

When Sheamus and Jericho were the last ones left in the ring, I thought it was inevitable that Jericho would prevail. I was shocked when Sheamus eliminated him. I was also disappointed. As a fan of WWE, you emotionally invest yourselves in characters and storylines, and when it doesn't go the way you want, it can lead to disappointment.

However, sometimes it can go too far the other way. I felt that it was inevitable that The Rock was going to end the reign of CM Punk, which left only one option for the winner of the Rumble: John Cena. I just couldn't see any other winner, and my friend who sat and watched the event with me felt the same way.

However, we hoped against hope that WWE might just surprise us. I found it ironic that I was feeling like this after my disappointment of last year's surprise. Perhaps Dolph Ziggler could last all the way through to add a Royal Rumble victory to his Money in the Bank triumph. Maybe Jericho would succeed where he failed last year? Or perhaps Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton or Ryback could put themselves back in the title picture with shock wins.

When Ryback entered at No. 30, my hopes were raised that he might be able to pull it off, but when Cena was in the last two, my hopes were dashed. He is superman after all, and so he proved, quickly eliminating Ryback and claiming his second Royal Rumble victory.

This will inevitably set up a second clash with The Rock at WrestleMania, and after tasting defeat last year, he will surely even the scores in 2013.

John Cena's victory last night showed a shocking lack of imagination by the powers that be in WWE and was a blow to any up-and-coming superstar hoping to break through at the top.

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