The Royal Rumble is one of the most exhilarating, exciting pay-per-views of the year. The anticipation and intrigue of who will win the 30-man battle royal to main-event WrestleMania can be heart-pounding. The surprise returns, wins and participants create a platform for memorable moments.
The Royal Rumble 2014 match could very well be the biggest battle royal to date. Not only does the winner cement himself in a first-class list of superstars, but he prepares himself to be in the main event of the most talked-about pay-per-view in WWE history.
Many current and former WWE superstars have created a legacy in the company but never had the privilege to main-event on the biggest stage of the year. Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race and Ricky Steamboat are just a few Hall of Fame superstars who never had that opportunity.
CM Punk does not want to be a member of that list.
In an interview on Pittsburgh radio station 105.9 the X (h/t WWE Live TV) before his WrestleMania XXIX match with The Undertaker, CM Punk had an opportunity to express his goal to one day be in the main event. In his all-too-typical candid style, Punk exclaims his desire to be the focal point of WrestleMania:
I think I put too much stock in being the last match at WrestleMania, so I’m way too angry about not being the the last match. This is real life. I put too much pressure on myself. I certainly don’t enjoy certain aspects. I don’t enjoy ‘the ride,’ so to speak.
Well, according to F4WOnline via WrestlingInc.com, WrestleMania XXX may be his opportunity. Early reports state that CM Punk is slated to win next year's Royal Rumble match and accomplish his dream by main-eventing at WrestleMania. Not only is it a WrestleMania, but it is the WrestleMania—the most monumental one ever.
CM Punk was dominant in the 2011 Royal Rumble with the help of his fellow New Nexus members. However, he did not make it to the end and was eliminated by John Cena after lasting over 35 minutes. Next year, he plans to have a different outcome.
Of course, with Vince McMahon's mind, things are always subject to change. However, if this sticks, it would be interesting to see who the reigning champion will be going into the PPV.
One simple request—please don't let it be John Cena. We've seen that song and dance far too many times.
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