Animosity from this year will bleed into the next as WWE transitions from TLC to Royal Rumble 2014.
Randy Orton stood as the victor of WWE's final pay-per-view on the calender. His upcoming foe will be a familiar one. Who else will be in singles or tag action rather than compete in the battle royal that gives the January event its name?
Recent history provides patterns of what to expect, but only to a point. The title unification shifts things.
The World Heavyweight Championship has been defended at every Royal Rumble since 2003. Now that it doesn't exist anymore, WWE must fill that void with another matchup. The Intercontinental Championship is a great place to start.
From Langston's defense to Orton's challenger, here is the predicted card for the Royal Rumble in addition to the Rumble itself.