OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Review
Back aat the beginning of 2013, CM Punk was into his 14th month as WWE Champion but about to face an impossible challenge. Making his first Rumble appearance in 10 years, The Rock was back to challenge for the WWE Championship. But John Cena was determined to make it to WrestleMania XXIX to get payback for WrestleMania XXVIII. This was certainly a turbulent time in the WWE, and will this be portrayed in the WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Review? Lets find out…
The opening promo looks at every second counting, with superstars looking for the chance to go to WrestleMania. It then turns its attention to CM Punk being the longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era. His opponent, The Rock making his first Rumble appearance in over 10 years, with a pretty intense rivalry between the pair. We then go inside the US Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona for the event. Our commentators for the event is Michael Cole, JBL and The King. We then go to the ring for the first match.
1. World Heavyweight Championship – Last Man Standing: Alberto Del Rio (c) (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. The Big Sjow
There is a series of video clips shown from recent weeks on SmackDown where Alberto became the champion. After Big Show makes his way out, we see Alberto and Ricardo backstage talking to Bret Hart. Alberto then makes his way to the ring for the match to begin.
Alberto attempts to use his speed to overcome Show early, but Show uses his power to ultimately gain the dominance before the steel chair comes into play. Alberto is able to regain momentum later in the match with a swift kick between the legs.
However, Show fights back chokeslamming Del Rio off the stage through a table but is still not successful. Eventually, Alberto has Show in the cross arm breaker whilst Ricardo tapes Show’s feet to the bottom rope picking up the win in an average but ingenious finish.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) (c) vs. Team Road Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
Both teams make their way to the ring, with their history not alluded to but Team Hell No’s graduation from Anger Management Classes is. The match gets underway very strongly with Daniel and Cody going at it, before Kane changes the dynamic when he is tagged in.
Damien and Cody are able to have the control throughout the match with Daniel, whilst all the participants show great personality. Eventually, Kane and Daniel are able to pick up the win in this enjoyable match with the YES Lock. Team Hell No really were a great team.
Winners: Team Hell No, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. The 30-Man 2013 Royal Rumble Match
The history package locks at exceptional depth the stats which have being accumulated over the years. It is slightly recycled from previous years, but slightly more improved. Another video clip is then shown, which shows Bo Dallas from NXT getting a shot in the Royal Rumble.
The Number 1 Entrant, Dolph Ziggler and Number 2 Entrant Chris Jericho who makes his return to a thunderous reaction. The match quickly gets started between the pair, before the next entrants begins to take place. Santino makes his entrance at Number 5, but is quickly the first eliminated.
Making his return as the Number 8 Entrant, Goldust quickly makes his way to the ring and goes for his brother Cody. Kofi Kingston nears elimination at one point, but ingeniously uses JBL’s chair as a pogo stick to get back in.
Another notable entrant is The Godfather at Number 17, who is immediately eliminated by Dolph Ziggler. An amusing spot sees Daniel Bryan eliminate Kane, who himself is then shoved into the arms of Kane who refuses to put him back in the ring after a “YES” and “NO” shouting match.
Bo Dallas is able to make a shock elimination of Wade Barrett, who ultimately responds by dragging him out of the ring. Ultimately eliminating him, he nails Bo with his trademark Bull Hammer Elbow. The final entrant at Number 40 is Ryback.
Randy Orton goes on a rampage, taking out everyone with RKO’s before being eliminated by Ryback. The final four are Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, John Cena and Ryback. Ziggler is the next eliminated by Sheamus, followed by Sheamus by Ryback.
This ultimately brings it down to John Cena and Ryback in a very anti-climax finish to the match, which sees Cena being victorious in an average Royal Rumble match. The final combination of superstars was probably not the best idea.
Winner: John Cena, last eliminating Ryback
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. The Rock
The history package shown looks at the events of RAW 1000 and CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion, with culminated in The Rock making a comeback for the WWE Championship. This feud is greater, both men are superb talkers. Backstage, The Rock cuts a cracking promo.
Both men make their way to the ring, with Paul Heyman advocating CM Punk. The match gets underway at a ferocious pace, with The Rock taking it to Punk. Punk regains the momentum thanks to a welcome distraction from Heyman. This continues for a while, with great cockiness from Punk.
The match continues, with The Rock regaining the momentum. He goes to nail Punk with a Rock Bottom through the announce table, but it collapses underneath them. Later, the lights go out in the arena with The Shield taking out The Rock which allows Punk to pick up the victory.
Mr McMahon makes his way out to strip Punk of the title, but at the behest of The Rock restarts the match. Punk is initially dominant, but Rock powers back to nail a People’s Elbow to pick up the win in a cracking match. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Winner: The Rock, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Aside from the Rumble match itself, the actual lineup for this event was very strong. The opening match between The Big Show and Alberto Del Rio was so much better than anticipated. It was actually quite good. There were some cool spots which ultimately made the match which it was, with an ingenious finish. Even though The Big Show looked slightly blown up throughout, it was still nonetheless much better than anticipated. The following match, was completely different but in a good way. Not only was it a great match, but the teams worked really well with one another. Team Hell No of Kane and Daniel Bryan were one of the most enjoyable tag team duos of the modern day. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did really well. The championship match between The Rock and CM Punk was superbly booked, as it allowed both men to look really strong in their victories and carry them forward for the following month. There was clear direction, in a match which was superbly fought and had great chemistry between the participants.
The Rumble match itself, wasn’t necessarily bad. There was enough moments throughout the match to maintain your interest to an extent, nit ot was slightly lackluster. There were some cool spots, but some of them were recycled so it was nothing new. The eliminations of Kane and Daniel Bryan though was entertaining, and suited their tag team dynamic really well. But ultimately, the final combination in the match was sadly too predictable, and took the enjoyment factor away from it. It was still a good match though, just had the scope to be better.
But this Rumble is worth watching for the quality of the under card matches. Very few times is the under card on a Rumble event, but hopefully the WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Review reflected the strength of this one. Totally worth the 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network.
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