A single of WWE's biggest stars ever will main celebration the Jan. 27 pay-for each-look at at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. At 40 a long time old and with as numerous movies as he's requested to be in, who is aware how numerous far more matches we'll see him in.
As far back as Raw 1000, followers knew that whoever held the WWE title would encounter The Rock at Royal Rumble 2013.
WWE has because produced him the centerpiece of its Royal Rumble advertisement marketing campaign.
Royal Rumble 2013 ad
In addition to this Rock-centered video clip, WWE is utilizing The Rock's mug for the Royal Rumble 2013 poster with the tagline, "Finally…"
"Ultimately," as in finally The Rock has occur back again to the WWE Championship photo. The last time The Rock fought with the WWE title on the line, Brock Lesnar defeated him at SummerSlam on Aug. 25, 2002.
It is partly that gap among championship bouts that makes The Rock's title shot so compelling.
Greatness in Small Doses
A workhorse-like John Cena is ever-present. In 2012, he fought in the major event of nine of WWE's pay out-per-views. Even if you're a huge Cena fan, it's not anything at all special to see him at the best of a card.
It is human naturel to underappreciate things when they're accessible and about all the time.
The Rock's absence has heightened fans' adoration for him.
The Rock on Raw in 2012
Verify out the thunderous reaction the Portland fans gave him when he appeared on a February 2012 episode of Raw. Assess that to the tepid welcome he obtained back again in 2003 on Uncooked in a match vs. Jeff Hardy.
WWE enthusiasts are obviously thrilled to have The Wonderful 1 again even if it's just component-time.
When he was in the heart of his long feud with Steve Austin, it felt like the two of them would battle on permanently. Now Rock's appearances are strikingly finite.
Rumors have currently circulated about who The Rock will confront at WrestleMania 29, but even if he wins the WWE title, how most likely is it that he'll execute at No Way Out or In excess of the Restrict?
WWE has revealed that it is heading to choose its places with him. In a span of above a calendar year from Survivor Sequence 2011 to now, The Rock only observed total matches at two functions. That pattern is most likely to keep on in 2013.
That can make every Rock match a considerably a lot more unique event. It tends to make each and every battle a historic one.
CM Punk Attempts to Fend Off a Legend
The Rock's possible opponent cranks up the enticement degree of the Royal Rumble main occasion.
Whilst it's not official that CM Punk will confront The Rock arrive Jan. 27, they'd be silly to pass up the possibility for a match with this significantly possible. Ryback vs. The Rock is not not even near.
So frequently, the Royal Rumble WWE title match is a throwaway affair. The company's largest stars are usually hectic competing in the Royal Rumble fight royal, top to championship matches like Scott Steiner vs. Triple H in 2003 and Hardcore Holly vs. Brock Lesnar in 2004.
The Brahma Bull is no Scott Steiner. Punk is no Hardcore Holly.
The Best in the Planet planning one on 1 with The Great 1 pits two fantastic mic employees and two producers of massive matches. The promos major up to the Rumble ought to be globe course.
The Rock and CM Punk give us a glimpse to what their promos may well be like.
One of the most intriguing factors of their impending faceoff is that Punk has so much to prove.
Even with the gold about his waist for above a year, Punk was not a part of all that many primary occasions in 2012. John Cena and Brock Lesnar ended up given that part for Excessive Guidelines. The same goes for Cena and John Laurinaitis at In excess of the Restrict, and Cena and The Rock at WrestleMania 28.
The summary a single can attract is that WWE does not have confidence in Punk to be "the guy."
His come across with The Rock may assist to alter the company's brain. CM Punk will possibly seem like he doesn't belong on the same stage as The Excellent A single or will demonstrate that he is elite.
That circumstance makes Rock vs. Punk significantly a lot more impactful.
WWE's not planning to let The Rock gain the WWE Championship is it?
Even though it looks unlikely that a element-timer would be asked to carry the gold, it really is not a slam dunk that CM Punk's reign will carry on.
F4WOnline claimed (through Wrestling.inc.com) that "The Rock has been beneath the impression for some time that he would be the one particular to conclude Punk's reign at the Royal Rumble."
The Rock presumably has sway with Vince McMahon and Co., but would WWE actually put the title on him in spite of his constrained routine? Could WWE genuinely carry on Punk’s title reign past its already historic length?
Cm_punk Will CM Punk nevertheless be donning that title following Royal Rumble? (photo by Steve Wright, Jr.)
These queries elevate the Royal Rumble match to yet another level.
While some results are pretty darn simple to forecast, Rock vs. Punk's a tougher a single to call. While Punk is clearly the favorite as the existing winner and the only a single of the two accessible all 12 months, it is hard to imagine The Rock agreeing to lose to Punk.
Probably he puts above The Greatest in the Globe, probably he requires an additional operate with the WWE title.
At last year's Royal Rumble, couple of fans considered that Dolph Ziggler would beat Punk. Royal Rumble 2013's WWE championship match is significantly a lot more intriguing.
The Rock's presence modifications the dynamic of the function.
There will be another Rumble winner who earns a WrestleMania title shot, but there will also be an additional appearance by one particular of the industry's most significant legends in a match that throbs with unpredictability.