WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Matches: Why CM Punk vs. the Rock Is Perfect Main Event

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Royal Rumble is less than a week away, and the excitement over the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and The Rock is through the roof.

While the 30-man Royal Rumble match is the focus of the pay-per-view, the WWE title match should be the main event of the show, especially if The Rock is going to win the championship.

The Royal Rumble is the official start of the road to WrestleMania 29, and there is no better place to start the festivities than by having a main event at Royal Rumble that is WrestleMania-worthy.

These are all reasons why WWE champion CM Punk and The Rock should be main-eventing the 2013 Royal Rumble.


Eases the Blow of a John Cena Royal Rumble Win

There is little doubt about the benefits that giving the WWE title to The Rock would have on WWE as a business—endless promotional chances with the title belt for his movies—but there would only be one star worthy of fighting the new champ in the main event of WrestleMania.

That superstar would be John Cena, and he’d get to the main event of WrestleMania 29 via a huge Royal Rumble win. That’s not what fans want to use the Rumble for—most feel it should be used to put younger talent over—so why not make the actual 30-man battle royal earlier in the night?

By making it clear that the Royal Rumble match was not the main event of the evening, the fans that love John Cena winning would still enjoy the match’s outcome while the haters would have more wrestling to ease the blow.

While many fans will claim this is a predictable route for the WWE to take, that’s the downfall of long-term booking. Those fans get to enjoy The Rock taking Punk’s WWE title in the main event.


Gives CM Punk a Huge Rub

The common WWE fan will see CM Punk losing in the main event of the Royal Rumble as a step backwards, but the company still views Punk as the No. 2 superstar on the roster.

With a WWE title match in the main event of a huge PPV like the Royal Rumble, Punk would be forever remembered as a top-tier wrestler and would be looked upon by the WWE as a star of the same caliber as Cena.

That’s the kind of power The Rock holds in the wrestling world and the rub with which he can provide a star like Punk by just being in a match with him.

There is no doubt that losing the title will hurt Punk’s aura temporarily, but with a rematch against The Rock guaranteed—and a possible match with The Undertaker possibly on the horizon—main-eventing the Royal Rumble will be the show that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt to WWE that Punk is just as valuable as Cena.


Sets the Stage for Iconic Ending to PPV

While almost any other year I would be vouching for the Royal Rumble match to close the PPV, the fact that the WWE title is on the line and The Rock is likely going to win it means that is what people are going to be watching for.

Give the people what they paid for and give it to them at the close of the show; save the best for last.

The match between The Rock and Punk won’t be the technical mastery we’re accustomed to from the current WWE champion, but the possible title change will be one of the most memorable moments in company history.

Add in the fact that after The Rock wins the WWE title, the Royal Rumble winner—likely John Cena—can end the PPV by heading to the ring and facing off with the new champion, and this could make for one of the most interesting shows in years.

With Punk still laid out in the ring, the closing of this event has all the potential to become iconic.


2013 Royal Rumble Card

WWE Champion CM Punk vs. The Rock.

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match.

WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars.


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