Royal Rumble 2013: WWE Stars That Will Struggle on Road to WrestleMania 29

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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As the WWE Universe prepares for the road to WrestleMania 29, the results of the 2013 Royal Rumble revealed a lot about what the company has in store for many of the top stars.

Huge names like Chris Jericho, Team Hell No and CM Punk were all booked well coming into the Rumble, but each will struggle heading through the next two months of programming.

All of the following stars are still looking great right now, but the groundwork has been laid for a tough road to WrestleMania 29.


CM Punk

There is no discounting CM Punk’s 434-day WWE title reign or the trust the company must have in the star to allow him to hold the title for that long, but it’s time for someone else to have a chance to shine.

If Punk wants to shine on the road to WrestleMania 29, it will have to be through adversity.

After watching The Rock walk out of the Royal Rumble as the new WWE champion, it was clear that Punk would not beat The Rock in their feud. At Elimination Chamber, it’s almost a guarantee that Rock walks away as the reigning champion.

Punk has the ability to shine through that loss, and then can move on to another feud against a legend like The Undertaker.

While Punk would again have to lose to a WWE veteran (he won't beat Undertaker for his streak), the rub from going against The Rock and The Undertaker in just a few months would be huge.


Chris Jericho

Despite one of the most genuinely exciting surprise returns since the rise of the Internet Wrestling Community, Chris Jericho is once again back in the WWE to make other stars look great.

As much as the WWE Universe would love to see Jericho in the World Heavyweight Championship scene, the veteran star knows that he is better suited helping younger talent get over.

While that’s good news for the fresh face getting the rub, the fans of Jericho are once again going to be forced to watch the former undisputed champion lose every big match he’s in.

Dolph Ziggler will obviously be the first person Jericho feuds with while he’s back, but the possibility that a superstar like Ryback could work an extended program with Y2J is something the WWE Universe should be very excited for.


Team Hell No

The duo of Kane and Daniel Bryan—better known as Team Hell No—have been great together over the last few months, but teased tension in their tag team championship bout that also led to issues in the Royal Rumble match will eventually boil over.

As great as they have been, Team Hell No’s time is running out.

The animosity between these two combatants has always been there, so turning one of them heel and feuding them against each other is the next natural step in storytelling. As much as the tag team division still needs the duo, they are too talented to not be singles stars once again.

Bryan has already acted like the heel throughout the duo’s relationship (he knocked Kane out of the Rumble), so the idea that he would be the bad guy in this battle is the right way to book this duo’s long-term feud.


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