WWE Royal Rumble Results: Find Out Who Won The Royal Rumble, CM Punk/Rock WWE Title Match
That's the question on millions of wrestling fans' minds, now that the 2013 WWE Royal Rumble has come to an end. With the Super Bowl consistently falling in the month of February these days, WWE's annual pay-per-view has become one of the few remaining highlights of January; at least for those of us who happen to be fans of the McMahon family's particular brand of sports entertainment. So how did everything go this year?
Unfortunately, WWE Royal Rumble 2013 also featured one of the worst collections of color commentator's current on the WWE payroll -- occasional Fox Business contributor John "Bradshaw" Layfield, longtime announcer Michael Cole and wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler. Fortunately, the commentating situation might have been the biggest issue with this year's Rumble, thanks to a stellar four-match line-up from Vince McMahon and company.
So, what happened at the 2013 WWE Royal Rumble?
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio (c) -- Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
The show opened with a fantastic Last Man Standing match between Big Show and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, which saw the champion manage to escape with his belt in a rather surprising fashion. Big Show dominated the match early, though Alberto Del Rio did eventually manage to slow the 7-foot wrestler who used to be known as The Giant back in his WCW days.
The two would make use of folding chairs, tables, a fire extinguisher and even the Royal Rumble scaffolding in a match that almost seemed fit for the Attitude Era, but ultimately it was the personal announcer Ricardo Rodriguez's enterprising use of duct tape that sealed the win for Del Rio.
While the champion held a weakened Big Show in an impressive looking cross armbreaker, Rodriguez used an entire roll of tape to attach Alberto Del Rio's giant opponent to the bottom ring rope. When Del Rio released his hold, Big Show was unable to regain his footing, and the rest was history.
All in all, the match was definitely deserving of the crowd's "This Is Awesome" chant, and something tells us this won't be the last time the two rivals meet in a WWE ring.
Team Rhode Scholars (Damien Sandow + Cody Rhodes) vs. Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan + Kane) -- WWE Tag Team Championship Match
To be honest, it's hard to understand why Team Rhode Scholars/Team Hell No match didn't open the show, considering how uneventful it seemed in comparison to Big Show and Alberto Del Rio's Last Man Standing match.Regardless, each of the match's four competitors gave a solid performance, but it's hard to say that the outcome was ever really in question.
The match opened with some technical wrestling between Cody Rhodes and "The World's Toughest Vegan" Daniel Bryan, though Bryan quickly tagged in his bigger-half Kane. Rhodes and Damien Sandow managed to isolate Daniel Bryan for several minutes, but the Rhodes Scholars never quite recovered after a Team Hell No hot tag that brought Kane back into the mix.
Even in the match's final moments, when it looked as if Sandow and Rhodes might actually leave victorious after all, it simply wasn't meant to be. A secret tag by Daniel Bryan, as Rhodes and Sandow hoisted Kane for a double suplex, proved costly. With a chokeslam and an armbar, Team Hell No clinched the win and walked out of the 2013 Royal Rumble with the WWE Tag Team titles still hanging from their shoulders.
The 2013 WWE Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble has become known as an event which the WWE uses to issue a sort of "thank you" to fans across the globe, and this year wasn't any different. The gathered crowd at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., couldn't contain its excitement when WWE icon "Y2J" Chris Jericho emerged as one of the first two contestants in the 2013 Royal Rumble (opposite Entrant No. 1 Dolph Ziggler), and he wasn't even the only WWE Legend in attendance.
Fans got to see the return of the "Walls of Jericho" -- much to the misfortunes of John Cena and Cody Rhodes -- but Y2J would not emerge from the Rumble victorious this year. WWE Legend Goldust also made his return as entrant No. 8, and spent much of his time battling younger brother Cody Rhodes, but he couldn't capture the win either. The WWE veteran was eliminated by his younger brother, but no doubt made a few nights with his appearance.
Clever use of a rolling chair saved Kofi Kingston from elimination, who also needed a bit of assistance from the already-eliminated Tensai to pull off his latest highlight reel-worthy Royal Rumble performance. Clearly, it wasn't Kingston's night either though, as Cody Rhodes sent the fan-favorite crashing to the floor shortly after his impressive ring re-entry. The mustachioed half of the Rhodes Scholars was also responsible for giving Santino Marella new competition for the Least Time Lasted In A Royal Rumble, after eliminating The Godfather within moments of the WWE icon's arrival.
Much of the next 10-plus minutes was the typical half-paced action that keeps the ring full as the Royal Rumble unfolds, until Randy "The Viper" Orton hit the ring and decimated anyone/everyone standing at the time. NXT rookie Bo Dallas also made a name for himself during the match, eliminating Wade Barrett in impressive fashion, but found himself on the outside and hurting after Barrett pulled him out of the ring in retaliation.
The action began to simmer again, until Ryback made a devastating entrance as the final competitor in the 2013 Royal Rumble. The self-proclaimed Biggest Man in the WWE quickly eliminated three competitors, but was momentarily stunned by a resurgent Orton. The Viper wouldn't emerge victorious either though, and would go on to be eliminated by Ryback only moments after leveling much of the remaining competition with a series of RKO's.
While it may be a fan favorite, the Brogue Kick cost Sheamus his chance at being the 2013 Royal Rumble winner after Ryback countered the maneuver with a powerslam that sent Sheamus flying over the top rope. The monstrous wrestler wouldn't walk away as the victor either though, ultimately being eliminated by John Cena as the Massachusetts native captured his second Royal Rumble victory.
With the win, the future WWE Hall of Famer also joins Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin as one of the only WWE Superstars to win multiple Royal Rumbles. It's unclear which champion Cena will choose to face at Wrestlemania 29 on April 7, but the win certainly makes you wonder if we won't be seeing a new championship reign from John Cena in the near future.
Here's the full list of entrances and exits:
1. Dolph Ziggler
2. "Y2J" Chris Jericho
3. Cody Rhodes
4. Kofi Kingston
5. Santino Marella
6. Drew McIntyre
7. Titus O'Neil
9. David Otunga
10. Heath Slater
13. Brodus Clay
14. Rey Mysterio
15. Darren Young
16. Bo Dallas
17. The Godfather
18. Wade Barrett
19. John Cena
20. Damien Sandow
21. Daniel Bryan
22. Antonio Cesaro
23. The Great Khali
25. Zack Ryder
26. Randy Orton
27. Jinder Mahal
29. Sin Cara
1. Santino Marella (Rhodes)
2. Drew McIntyre (Y2J)
3. Titus O'Neil (Sheamus)
4. David Otunga (Sheamus)
5. Goldust (Cody Rhodes)
6. Brodus Clay
7. Tensai (Kingston)
8. Darren Young (Kingston)
9. Kofi Kingston (Rhodes)
10. The Godfather (Ziggler)
11. Heath Slater (Cena)
12. Cody Rhodes (Cena)
13. Rey Mysterio (Barrett)
14. Great Khali (Kane)
15. Kane (Daniel Bryan)
16. Daniel Bryan (Cesaro)
17. Zack Ryder (Orton)
18. Antonio Cesaro (Cena)
19. Jinder Mahal (Sheamus)
20. Wade Barrett (Bo Dallas)
21. Bo Dallas (Barrett)
22. Damien Sandow (Ryback)
23. Sin Car (Ryback)
24. Miz (Ryback)
25. Chris Jericho (Ziggler)
26. Randy Orton (Ryback)
27. Dolph Ziggler
28. Sheamus (Ryback)
29. Ryback (Cena)
The Rock vs CM Punk (c) -- WWE Championship Match
Apparently tonight's WWE Championship match was a no-disqualification contest, an on-again-off-again championship match stipulation that isn't present half as often as the WWE would like you to believe while in use and surprising given the Shield-specific restriction put in place earlier this month.
After the group attacked The Rock on WWE Raw last week, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that CM Punk would be stripped of his title should the trio intervene in the WWE Championship match against The Rock. Of course, this is a relatively common addition to championship storylines in the WWE, but it did leave some wondering if the powers that be weren't considering a end to the 434-day title reign of CM Punk.
While it certainly wasn't a five-star performance, the WWE Championship match was an impressive performance that saw quite a bit of back and forth between CM Punk and The Great One. After a rather underwhelming finish saw The Shield ambush The Rock once more, putting the "Brahma Bull" through an announcer's table while the arena lights were out, Vince McMahon nearly stripped CM Punk of his title.
After The Rock objected to such an uneventful end to the night's festivities, Mr. McMahon called for the start of another match, and the two competitors prepared to battle once more. After dragging himself back into the ring, The Rock was quickly forced to endure another round of offense from the WWE Champion, but managed to pull himself together long enough to deliver one of the most devastating-looking spinebreakers of his career. One "People's Elbow" later, and the WWE Universe found itself with a new (old) WWE Champion.
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