Stephanie McMahon announced during RAW on Monday night that the rematch between two of the company's biggest stars will serve as the main event of the highly anticipated PPV.
WWE's official Twitter feed confirmed the news, providing details of the match:
It's a little odd that the main event at Royal Rumble won't be, you know, the Royal Rumble, but much to the happiness of many fans out there, this likely means that Cena won't be one of the 30 participants in the legendary match.
The polarizing figure won the Rumble in 2008 and again last year, and there won't be a whole lot of interest in seeing him again.
As far as the actual match goes, WrestlingInc.com's Twitter feed couldn't hide its excitement:
YES! Thank you Steph! She knows what we truly want to see! The Royal Rumble main event! Randy Orton vs John Cena! #RAW— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) December 31, 2013
For others, Orton taking on Cena so soon after defeating him at Tables, Ladders and Chairs is undeniably underwhelming, but it's a positive development for the long-term picture.
The History of WWE Twitter feed put it simply:
This match gives the company an opportunity to end the Cena-Orton massive feud and build up the "biggest championship rematch in history," while also opening the opportunity for Daniel Bryan to win the Rumble and have his moment at WrestleMania.
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Bryan has been one of the most electric stars in the company over the past year, and it has been widely assumed that his time (outside of a one- or two-day title reign) would come at the biggest PPV of the year.
This news certainly doesn't alter that thinking.
Another compelling potential trickle-down effect from this news is what it means for Batista. Is The Animal assured to be a participant in the Rumble, or will he interfere in Cena vs. Orton?
This may not be the main event most people were hoping to see, but the intrigue around Royal Rumble 2014 won't falter.