The 2013 WWE Royal Rumble results were probably the most predictable of recent years. John Cena eliminated Ryback to win the Royal Rumble and The Rock won the WWE championship from CM Punk. The two will collide once again at this year’s WrestleMania 29.
This year’s Rumble was worlds more exciting than last year’s with a few surprises. The Rumble started off with the first surprise as Chris Jericho entered at #2 to start off with Dolph Ziggler. I read and heard a lot of rumors before the show but this was not one of them. Jericho was a well kept surprise. Jericho and Ziggler picked right up where their feud left off last fall. Cody Rhodes was third which gave the heels a two-on-one advantage.
Kofi did a fun spot where he fell onto Tensai’s back outside of the ring but did not touch the floor. Kofi then asked JBL for a chair. Kofi then hopped on the chair like a pogo stick and made it back to the ring. He’s certainly no John Morrison is he? Unfortunately he was eliminated quickly by Cody once he made it back inside of the ring.
The Godfather was another surprise entrant at #17. Unfortunately he was eliminated within seconds by Dolph Ziggler. As a matter of a fact his music was still playing as he got eliminated. This year’s favorite John Cena entered the Rumble at #19 to a mixed reaction which turned to boos when he came in and fought off a bunch of the Rumblers. Cena quickly eliminated Heath Slater and Cody Rhodes. Bo Dallas (the NXT tournament winner) squared off with Cena once Cena settled down. Damien Sandow entered at #20 and went after Dallas. Jericho tried for the Walls of Jericho on Cena with no luck.
Daniel Bryan got a huge “Yes!” chant when he entered at #21. The announcers went out of their way to put over Bo Dallas, so look for some big things out of him in the near future. Daniel Bryan eliminated Kane. Bryan wound up falling into a Kane hug which was a pretty cool spot. Randy Orton entered at #26. Orton RKO’d Zack Ryder and quickly threw him over the top rope. Jinder Mahal got the lucky #27 spot. Cena eliminated Cesaro by backdropping him over the top rope. The Miz (with an injured ankle) entered at #28 and wound up brawling with Cesaro on the floor as Cesaro was heading back to the locker room. Sin Cara returned and entered at #29. Bo Dallas eliminated Wade Barrett, who wound up laying out Dallas on the floor in what looked like the start of a feud. Ryback rounded out the field entering at #30.
Ryback eliminated Sandow, Sin Cara, and The Miz quickly. Ziggler eliminated Jericho by nailing him with a superkick while Jericho was on the apron. Orton laid out Cena, Sheamus, and Ziggler with RKOs. Ryback reversed Orton’s attempt and clotheslined him over the top rope. Sheamus eliminated Ziggler with a Brogue Kick while Ziggler was on the apron.
It came down to Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus. Cena and Sheamus doubled on Ryback. They squared off in what was arguably a disappointing crowd reaction. Sheamus hit White Noise on Ryback. Ryback dumped Sheamus over on a Brogue Kick attempt. Ryback and Cena were the final two. Cena locked an STF on Ryback. Cena carried Ryback to the ropes. Ryback hit a Thesz Press on Cena. Ryback went for a powerslam which Cena reversed and dumped him over to win the Royal Rumble.
This was one of those situations where I think you had to go with the obvious. Other than swerving the fans it made no sense to put anyone over here but Cena. As over as Ryback was it wouldn’t have made any sense at this point to promote him over Cena to the WWE championship match at WrestleMania. I can’t say I’m excited to see Cena headline another WrestleMania, but it is hard to argue against last year’s numbers.
The Rumble match was one of the more exciting Rumbles in recent years. Bo Dallas probably came out of it with more of a boost than anyone. I am curious to see if they play anything off of Cena and Ryback. I predict that Ryback goes heel after WrestleMania and winds up wrestling Cena at SummerSlam.
The Rock ended the sixth longest reign in WWE championship history by defeating CM Punk after 434 days as champ. Punk worked over the midsection most of the match, playing off of the “internal bleeding” that The Rock suffered in his The Shield’s attack. Rock turned things around by going after Punk’s injured knee. Punk reversed a GTS into a Sharp Shooter attempt but Punk rolled it into an Anaconda Vice which didn’t pan out. Rock eventually got the Sharp Shooter on. Punk got a rope break. Punk really sold the knee at this point.
Punk went for a GTS on the Spanish Announcer’s Table. The table actually wound up collapsing. Rock was holding his knee. Rock hit a Rock Bottom on the floor. Both men made it to the back to the ring. Punk nailed a head kick and both men went down. Punk went after Rock’s injured knee. Rock hit a clothesline, spine buster, and went for a People’s Elbow. The lights went out (always happens when Heyman is around doesn’t it?). The Shield attacked The Rock and Triple Powerbombed him through a table on the floor
Punk limped to the floor to drag Rock back into the ring. Punk pinned The Rock for three. Vince McMahon then made his way to the ring. Vince was about to strip Punk of the title before The Rock cut him off, “We aint ending this night like that.” He said he wanted to take the title from him and asked to restart the match. “You heard the man restart the match!”
Punk immediately attacked The Rock. Punk hit a flying elbow off the top rope for a two count. Punk then signaled for the GTS. Rock reversed and hit a spine buster followed by the People’s Elbow for the win and the title in a pretty decent match. The win marks The Rock’s eighth WWE championship. Expect the WWE to get a lot of mainstream publicity for this one.
Unlike previous years there is no anticipation or question regarding what championship Cena will choose to challenge at WrestleMania. This rematch between Cena and The Rock has been in the making for awhile. I can’t imagine it beating the numbers set last year but it is a safe bet nonetheless. The only question I have is whether the WWE will let The Rock be The Rock this time around instead of being more concerned with protecting Cena’s image. I certainly hope the promos are more WrestleMania 27 than 28.
Overall I thought it was a pretty good show. You aren’t going to find many WWE pay per views as entertaining as this one was from start to finish. Well worth the money if you are holding out for the replay.
Full WWE 2013 Royal Rumble results & winners…
The Rock defeated CM Punk for the WWE championship
John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble
Team Hell No defeated Team Rhodes Scholars to retain the WWE tag team championship
Alberto Del Rio defeated The Big Show to retain the WWE world heavyweight title in a Last Man Standing Match
Antonio Cesaro defeated The Miz to retain the WWE U.S. championship