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There have been references here and there, ever since December's ranking of potential winners, that CM Punk would get the Royal Rumble victory this year.
For weeks now, WWE has been building him up as a big deal.
He's almost single-handedly taken down The Shield and he's had issues with Randy Orton and Triple H as well.
Most importantly, someone in power has told Punk that he essentially stands no chance at winning the Royal Rumble and challenging for the title at WrestleMania: Kane.
That is the biggest telltale sign that Punk will "defy the odds" according to WWE logic and be the guy who points to the WrestleMania XXX sign at the end of the night.
Kane can easily be the person who CM Punk has a match with at Elimination Chamber as a stall while Orton retains the championship in the titular gimmick match itself.
Being in the first entrance spot of the night seems like an impossibility, which just adds more fuel to the fire.
WWE has not had a winner from that spot since 2004's Chris Benoit victory that is never mentioned.
There could be a thought process that it's been long enough that a coast-to-coast winner should happen and give WWE a second name to mention winning from that spot instead of just Shawn Michaels.
Keep in mind that Punk has exactly the type of character that could stand up to The Authority and be successful in taking them down.
He's also a main-eventer that WWE could trust in having the responsibility of the Royal Rumble win and there's an added benefit for him never having won it in the past.
Babyfaces are statistically more likely to come out on top and Punk is one of the top faces in the company right now.
Unless there is a huge twist in the works, the smart bet seems to be on Punk winning the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Do you expect this to happen, or do you think someone else will win? Who are you rooting for?
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