The 2013 Royal Rumble pay-per-view is now in the record books, and the road to WrestleMania is officially underway. We now know who will vie for one of the two world titles in just under 70 days.
At the Royal Rumble, the course was set for another Rock/John Cena match in some capacity. Cena wins the RR match, and The Rock ends CM Punk's impressive WWE Championship reign.
Overall, there were some good and bad parts of the PPV (as usual). Unfortunately, the bad terribly outweighed the good. In part one, the good of the PPV will be analyzed.
Honestly, there were only three things worth accrediting as "good" at the PPV.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show spots/ending
There were a few good spots during the match (specifically, the sick bump that ADR had as a result of the chokeslam off of the prop). However, Ricardo Rodriguez taping Big Show to the ropes while ADR had him in the Cross Armbar was a way to save Big Show's dignity, as well as justify him losing two Last Man Standing matches in a row within a few weeks of each other.
The return of Chris Jericho
Without question, this was one of the most surprising and exhilarating returns in Royal Rumble history. The crowd went bananas, and Y2J had a very impressive showing in the match (lasting nearly 45 minutes).
The return of Goldust and The Godfather
These were good returns overall. The other rumored returns (h/t WrestlingInc.com) would have been better, but Goldust made a feud between Cody Rhodes and him even more intriguing.
What were your good moments of the Royal Rumble? Civilly comment below.
Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as well as a writer for WrestlingInc.com. He hosts a weekly wrestling talk show, Pancakes and Powerslams, which airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET on Blog Talk Radio. You can show your support by following @cravewrestling on Twitter and liking Crave Wrestling on Facebook.
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