Royal Rumble 2013: John Cena's Win Will Set Up Epic Wrestlemania Showdown

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2013

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WWE fans might be unhappy with the results of the 2013 Royal Rumble, but the fact of the matter is that John Cena's victory in the 30-man elimination match will set up an epic WrestleMania showdown.

Cena was the last man standing when the Royal Rumble was all said and done, and that will guarantee that he is in the main event at WrestleMania in April.

In the WWE title match between The Rock and CM Punk, the Brahma Bull emerged victorious, even after The Shield interfered in the darkness of the arena, according to announcer Michael Cole.

The Rock could have taken the easy way out and given way to Vince McMahon's stipulation, but The Great One decided to continue the match and win on his own merit, which he did.

So as it stands now, Cena and Rock will go one-on-one for the WWE title at WrestleMania.

It's a match that we've seen before at the same event, however, and that has left some fans with a sour taste in their collective mouths.

At WrestleMania 28, Cena and Rock squared off in what was supposed to be a battle for the ages. It pitted a new age superstar against one from the past in what was a highly-anticipated matchup of two legends in sports entertainment.

Fast forward to 2013 and here we are again, back in the same boat, which was all but predictable in the eyes of WWE fans.

The WWE couldn't possibly find it a good idea to once again have these two face off in the company's biggest event of the year, regardless of the obvious revenue and pay-per-view sales it would bring in.

So, how can this match be spiced up just a bit, adding an element of surprise?

Enter Punk.

While many have seen Cena and Rock go against one another before, the Rock-Cena-Punk angle has not been used to this point. It seems like the perfect way to keep the moneymaker that is Cena versus Rock, while including a brand new and unpredictable element to the rivalry with Punk thrown in.

It would be an epic Triple Threat match with the three biggest superstars in the WWE today and would do incredible numbers since it incorporates the three biggest fanbases in wrestling. We already know the draw that Punk and Cena bring, but the Rock would bring some of the older generation fans to the event all by himself.

Bottom line: the amount of viewers of this match could be historic, the likes of which the WWE has never seen before.

So, how can the WWE make this storyline happen if the participants of WrestleMania 29 are already set?

There is still one more pay-per-view event left before WrestleMania: Elimination Chamber.

The Rock will have to defend his belt during that pay-per-view and there is a potential that he loses it, however unlikely such a short title reign would be.

Granted, The People's Champ should retain the belt and move on to WrestleMania, but there is plenty of time for Punk to work his way into the main event that may not involve him taking back the belt.

After all, Punk just got finished with the longest title run in 25 years, so it makes sense that he gets another crack at the belt, preferably at WrestleMania.

As wrestling fans know, stranger things have happened and two whole months are an eternity in the WWE.

If the company can find a legitimate way to work Punk into the main event at WrestleMania it would be an ingenious decision that would create an incredible buzz before the biggest event of the year.

Here's to hoping the WWE makes it happen.