The Royal Rumble, its buildup and aftereffects generated the WWE's best and worst offerings in the last week of January.
Chaos ruled on SmackDown, an NXT prospect forced fans to take notice and CM Punk quit. For everything great fans experienced this week, like the instant classic that opened Sunday's pay-per-view, there was something unsettling or unimpressive to balance it out.
Pessimists will focus on the Rumble's predictable result, while optimists will remember this week for a snake getting his due and Daniel Bryan's latest addition to his greatest collection. The following is a look at those highs and lows and what WWE happenings made fans cheer, moan or simply stare at the screen in awe.