The 2013 Royal Rumble match was one of the best in the history of the event, but the possible long-term feuds stemming from the bout that are as much worth noting as John Cena winning the actual 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal.
The Rumble marks the beginning of the road to WrestleMania 29, and the tension teased during the pay-per-view and subsequently on Monday night Raw proves that these feuds aren’t going anywhere.
All of the following rivalries are bound to heat up as the road to WrestleMania rolls along.
Wade Barrett Versus Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas won the NXT tournament to decide which young star would get the chance to participate in the Royal Rumble, but few fans expected much from the third-generation superstar during his first appearance in the WWE.
After spending more than 20 minutes in the Rumble and eliminating Wade Barrett—Barrett then eliminated Dallas by pulling him over the top rope and giving the NXT standout a bull-hammer elbow—it’s clear that the WWE has big plans for Dallas.
Add in the fact that Dallas went over Barrett on Monday’s edition of Raw, and there is a possibility that the young star could be fighting for the Intercontinental Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Chris Jericho Versus Dolph Ziggler
When Dolph Ziggler was forced to choose between No. 1 and No. 2 as his entry number for the Royal Rumble, it was clear that he would start the match first and that the second participant would be a huge name.
Many fans guessed it would be John Cena, but to everyone’s shock, it was former undisputed champion Chris Jericho back to resume his feud with Mr. Money in the Bank.
As we saw from Ziggler’s elimination of Y2J in the 30-man battle royal and their banter on Raw leading to a strange bedfellows match, this feud is far from over.
The fans may want Ziggler as world champion right now, but working another program with a legend like Jericho is not a step down at all; if anything, it’s a step up from losing to Cena for the last month.
Kane Versus Daniel Bryan
As seen in the duo’s relationship since it first started, Kane and Daniel Bryan have always been at each other’s throats. The Royal Rumble proved the end is drawing near for Team Hell No.
The team teased tension leading up to the Royal Rumble which had many fans believing that the duo could lose the tag team titles, but more issues during the title match spilled into the 30-man battle royal where Daniel Bryan eliminated Kane.
Bryan was immediately thrown over the top rope after dumping his partner, but Bryan landed in Kane's arms and could have went back into the Rumble if the big red monster hadn’t dropped him on the floor.
The WWE is laying the groundwork for a long-term feud between Kane and Bryan once the company finally decides to pull a trigger on Team Hell No’s split.
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