The 2013 Royal Rumble provided many memorable moments from surprise entrants to a new WWE champion.
The Road to WrestleMania is officially underway now that the pay-per-view is over. On this chaotic ride, the usual names are heavily featured while the jobbers sit on the sidelines. However, there were some names who surprised us with their performance on Sunday.
We are now a day removed from the Royal Rumble event, so it’s time to take a look at whose stock is on the rise and whose took a tumble.
Before I get into the list, there are a couple of names worth a mention after the Royal Rumble event.
Antonio Cesaro: He successfully defended his title against The Miz on the Royal Rumble pre-show. It was another clean win for the United States champion. Cesaro has held the title since SummerSlam, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he holds onto the title for a full year.
The Miz: On the opposing end, Miz was unable to win his third United States Championship. Miz turned face back in November, but his act hasn’t changed much. He hasn’t picked up a signature win since the turn. As a face, Miz won’t go any higher than an upper mid-card.
What. A. Return.
Nobody knew Jericho was returning, which made his entrance much more special. PWInsider reports that Jericho signed a short-term deal up until WrestleMania. He and Dolph Ziggler went at it during and after the rumble match.
I’m assuming we’ll get a Jericho/Ziggler feud for the next couple of months. They feuded last summer and put on some great matches, which culminated in Jericho’s firing. It’s obvious that Jericho can still go in the ring, despite taking five months off.
Even if it’s for a short time, I’m going to enjoy Jericho as much as possible. Now, the only thing that would make this feud better the second time around would be to include the World Heavyweight Championship.
Stock Y2J: Buy now, sell later
The new year hasn’t been to kind to Big Show so far. He lost the World Heavyweight Championship on the Jan. 11 edition of SmackDown in a Last Man Standing match.
He was unable to regain the title in the same match at the Royal Rumble, as Ricardo Rodriguez used duct tape to keep Show down.
With two losses to Alberto Del Rio in a little over two weeks, Show’s stock is dropping. He’s still the top heel for the World title and will most likely get another shot at Elimination Chamber.
Stock WLA: Big drop
This third-generation Superstar had—maybe—the best weekend of his life.
On Saturday at the Royal Rumble Fanfest, he won an eight-man NXT tournament to earn a spot in the rumble match.
Dallas entered at No. 16 and was the 21st Superstar eliminated. In the process, he eliminated the current Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett.
Barrett was frustrated and eliminated the rookie. This could lead to a feud between the two, which is a huge boost for Dallas. Dallas defeated Barrett on last night’s Raw, so expect them to face a few more times between now and Elimination Chamber.
Although Dallas won’t win the title, he’ll put up a good fight in the process.
Stock BDAL: Good long-term investment
To me, Team Rhodes Scholars are the best team in the WWE. Yes, they are better than Team Hell No.
Both men feed off of each other on the mic and they work well in the ring. The Royal Rumble was their night to win the tag titles.
Team Rhodes Scholars have lost to Team Hell No in tag and singles matches multiple times. Until Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow score a television victory, they will not be credible contenders for the tag titles.
We are all expecting to see a Kane and Daniel Bryan match at WrestleMania, so Sunday would have been a good time for the titles to change hands.
Both men also participated in the rumble match. Rhodes eliminated four Superstars, including Kofi Kingston and his brother Goldust.
Stock TRS: Falling, but still valuable.
Last year was not Cena’s year. He did not hold the WWE Championship and lost to John Laurinaitis. He did, however, defeat Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules.
He ended 2012 in a feud with Dolph Ziggler after AJ Lee turned on him at TLC.
This year is already off to a good start, as he won his second Royal Rumble. It was no surprise that he won the match. With a match against The Rock very likely, Cena is back on track to be champion again.
I don’t think Cena’s stock can get any higher because he is the face of the WWE, so let the build to “Once in a Lifetime” part two begin.
Stock HLR: Minimal rise
The 434-day title reign is over.
It was a day that many saw coming. I predicted that CM Punk would retain on Sunday and then lose at Elimination Chamber.
The match itself was great, but when Vince came down and announced the restart, the outcome was predictable.
In the end, The Rock is the new champ and Punk must fight for what is his.
After John Cena’s promo on Raw, he chose to challenge for the WWE title and said that Rock and Punk are marked men. Later in the night, Punk issued a rematch to The Rock for the title and Rock accepted.
Punk is still the top heel on Raw (if there are still separate brands) and will once again go one-on-one with The Great One in three weeks.
Stock BITW: Don’t worry, you’re money is safe