The 2013 Royal Rumble is upon us and on January 27, there will be 30 men squaring off for the right to take on the champion of their choosing at WrestleMania XXIX. There are already a few names announced as participants such as Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and John Cena.
These four men are indeed favorites going into the match. but who will win? Let us take a look at some possibilities. The undercard has not been booked completely so we will cover it another time.
For most of 2012, Cena has strayed away from the championship picture engaging in rivalries with Kane, Big Show, Brock Lesnar and Johnny Ace to name a few. 2013 may be the year he recaptures championship gold for he has not been champion since 2011. History is on Cena’s side as well.
On January 27, 2008, Cena returned at #30 from a pectoral injury to win his first Royal Rumble. The likelihood of him winning his second Royal Rumble, five years to the day of his first, is high. Cena also has a rivalry with CM Punk that has yet to conclude and what better way to settle it than at WrestleMania to prove who is indeed better.
Since The Rock is competing for the WWE Champinship that same night, there is also a possibily of a WrestleMania rematch between Cena and Rock, but for the title. Either way, if Cena were to win the Rumble, it is a win-win situation regardless of who wins the WWE Championship match at the Rumble Pay-Per-View.
He won last year’s Rumble match which by default makes him the favorite. Sheamus, even after losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Big Show in October, has been on a huge wave of momentum going into this year’s Rumble. Sheamus’ chances of winning the Rumble again are slim since no one has won back-to-back Rumbles since 1998.
Orton, like John Cena, has strayed away from the World Championship picture since 2011. 2013 could be the year he gets title reign number ten. Being the 2009 winner of the event, he is definitely a favorite.
Orton winning could revive rivalries with WWE Champion CM Punk or reigning World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio if they were to retain their respective titles. There is also a chance he could start a new rivalry with The Rock or Big Show if they were to win their title matches at the Royal Rumble.
Big Show and Orton have wrestled before, but never engaged in a feud. The Rock vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship would be a fresh feud that would draw big money like Rock/Cena I. Rock and Orton, not just feuding for a title, but which wrestling family is better. That match alone would have a lot on the line and with their tag match at WrestleMania 20, it writes itself.
Wade winning is a long-shot because a person who comes in as champion in the Rumble match has yet to win. Before you dismiss this, here is some food for thought; Barrett never got his revenge on CM Punk for kicking him out of The Nexus. What better way to get even than to end his 400+ day reign at WrestleMania and becoming the first British WWE Champion and double champion to boot?
Fellow Englishman and PWP columnist, Zak Fellows would approve. Two heels never faced each other at WrestleMania either which is really unchartered territory that WWE should venture into.
If WWE wants a lot of international buys if they booked Barrett to win, Barrett will face Del Rio. Having two foreign-born stars face off for a World Heavyweight Championship on the biggest show of the year in a market that has a wide array of audiences can be huge for WWE IF they take a chance. This would be a huge chance to get Barrett over.
Like we have not seen a surprise entrant win?! See 2008 and 2010. WWE could make up for last year. Never know.
Can you imagine him having two opportunities at gold? Yes, the way he is being booked stinks, but they may have a new Edge on their hands if they do that. One question that we all are wondering is when is Dolph going to cash in the briefcase?
Champions do not win Rumbles so it kind of rules him out. However, who wouldn’t want to see Bryan and CM Punk put on a wrestling classic but this time on a GRAND stage like WrestleMania? As it is an IWC wet dream, Bryan winning makes logical sense for two reasons.
First, Punk and Bryan’s feud never really ended. If you remember Over The Limit, Bryan and Punk wrestled a very close match which Punk narrowly won. We did not get a rematch because of that “love redctangle” between the two, AJ Lee and Kane. In fact, Bryan is the only man that can claim that he almost beat Punk and a new storyline to simply prove who is “The Best in the World” can be born with no extra soap opera additives.
Plus, with a heel Punk and a face Bryan, this feud is given new life with the roles being reversed. If this match were to happen at WrestleMania, Punk’s wish of change actually could come true.
The second reason why Daniel Bryan winning the Rumble would work is because The Rock vs. Bryan was teased at RAW 1000. If WWE creative wanted The Rock to be WWE Champion, they will do it in a flash. Everyone remembers the “marriage” segment where Bryan, Punk and Rock had a war of words which ended with a Rock Bottom for Bryan.
That Rock Bottom could be the catalyst for a fresh feud between two guys who are mega over. This match would be interesting because for the first time since 1990, we would have two faces main eventing WrestleMania with a split crowd. Who would be the heel is up for debate. Another question would be: where would that leave Kane?
Personally, I think John Cena will win the 2013 Royal Rumble for the aforementioned statements I said earlier (if you really sat down and read it). Sadly I think WWE is too scared to go a different route as well creatively which has lead to a stagnant product.
This is WWE’s opening PPV of the year and this Rumble, like others before, will dictate the direction of WWE. What have we learned from this is that in the Royal Rumble you can expect anything can happen. Now, with all this said, are you ready to Rumble?