Royal Rumble 2013: The Good, Bad and Ugly of WWE's Memorable PPV

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

After one of the wildest nights in WWE history, the 2013 Royal Rumble pay-per-view is over, but the excitement over the memorable show is still buzzing across the wrestling world.

As great as this Royal Rumble PPV was, there were still some bad and ugly moments that tarnished the event a bit.

While nothing will ruin how a majority of the WWE Universe views the 2013 Royal Rumble—one of the best WWE events of the last decade—these are the good, bad and ugly of Sunday’s event.


The Good

The Royal Rumble is the official beginning of the road to WrestleMania, and this year’s edition featuring John Cena winning the 30-man Rumble match and The Rock capturing the WWE Championship kicked off the season with a show worthy of the WrestleMania moniker.

The purpose of the Royal Rumble PPV every year is to get the WWE Universe excited about the next two months of programming leading into WrestleMania, and Sunday’s show won over the vast majority of casual fans.

The WWE has laid the groundwork for WrestleMania 29 to perfection, and this is where all the hard work of building secondary storylines and long-term booking pays off.

From Chris Jericho’s return to Team Hell No teasing tension to The Rock walking away with the WWE title, this was a great show that will go down as one of the best Royal Rumbles in history.


The Bad

While the show itself was impeccable throughout, the ending of the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and The Rock was not ideal for either competitor.

After so many dirty finishes to PPVs—The Shield and Brad Maddox have cost Ryback the WWE title on numerous occasions—the WWE should have just allowed The Rock to win clean without The Shield’s interference.

By having The Rock get three-man powerbombed through the announce table and letting Punk win the match, only to be overturned by Vince McMahon and The Rock demanding the match continue, the company made it appear Punk couldn’t beat the legend even with help.

A 434-day title reign is nothing to scoff at and Punk still looked amazing during this match, but the loss could have been so much more beneficial to his character in the long haul if he took the pin clean after a valiant effort.

The WWE went with the right winner in this match, but they should have made Punk look stronger by letting The Rock win after a long technical bout.

Take away The Shield interference, and this was a WrestleMania-worthy match.


The Ugly

GIF courtesy of via WWE on USA programming.

As great as the 2013 Royal Rumble PPV was, the fact that much of the WWE Universe has done nothing but complain about the ending of the 30-man battle royal, the WWE Championship match and the overall booking of the show is appalling.

Smarks should be ashamed.

The WWE Universe just witnessed what should be heralded as one of the best PPVs of the last decade, and the comments from the very vocal minority about how this show was too predictable and didn’t live up to expectations are misguided.

While the outcome of both the Royal Rumble match and The Rock’s victory were easy to spot as the Rumble grew closer, sometimes the obvious choice is so clear because it's the correct way to take the storyline.

The WWE wants to have The Rock versus John Cena again for the WWE title because they know that match will be the biggest draw in wrestling history.

Forget the "Once in a Lifetime" tagline from last year's battle between Cena and The Rock; it was a marketing ploy to get more fans to care about what was an amazing match.

This is a business first and foremost, and the fact that some fans continue to struggle with that reality was one of the ugly truths revealed in the wake of the Royal Rumble.


For more wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot topics you just can’t miss (some language NSFW).

Listen to internet radio with RingRustRadio on Blog Talk Radio