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The Rock is Mania bound

Royal Rumble 2013

Photo courtesy: WWE

By Chad Smart

@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter

The 2013 Royal Rumble is in

the books. Heads up, this blog is going to be full of anger, snark and

stereotypical Internet wrestling fan rage. If you’ve been reading my123cents

for the at least two weeks or listened to last week’s From the Rafter’s radio

show then you know everything we didn’t want to see happen at the Royal Rumble

happened. Before I get into the complaining let me get the positives out of the

way. <>

For the most part there

wasn’t anything bad on the show from a pure wrestling standpoint. All the

matches were laid out well and the in-ring action was perfectly acceptable. If

I weren’t one to think about the outcomes and how it plays into a bigger

picture, I wouldn’t have any issues with the show. So at least there’s that.

Add in some genuine surprises into the Royal Rumble match (Chris Jericho,

Godfather) and I would definitely think the show was worth the $15 I spent on

food at Buffalo Wild Wings while watching the show. Unfortunately I look at the

bigger picture and that picture resembles that refurbished picture of Jesus the

old lady tried to touch up.

Last Man Standing

Del Rio retains

Photo courtesy: WWE

I don’t get why Big Show and

Alberto Del Rio had another Last Man Standing match instead of a different

gimmick, or straight up match. The match was perfectly fine as long as you

overlook the logical gap of every Big Show match in which you wonder why he

doesn’t punch his opponents in the face right from the beginning. While the

match was fine, I didn’t like the ending. Ricardo Rodriguez duct tapes Big

Show’s feet to the bottom rope preventing Show from getting back to his feet

before the 10 count is administered. Yes, Big Show didn’t get back to his feet,

however he was clearly trying to get up. To me the referee should have realized

there was no way for Big Show to stand while his feet were taped and thus

remove the tape before making a 10 count. Guessing we’ll get a rematch on RAW

or Smackdown and then Big Show will be one of the competitors in the

Elimination Chamber match at the next pay per view. <>

I was surprised to see Team

Hell No defeat Team Rhodes Scholars. I don’t know where Kane and Daniel Bryan

go from here. The Primetime Players have fallen down to non-serious contenders.

The Usos and Primo/Epico haven’t been presented as potential contenders for the

past couple of months. Hunico and Camacho’s bicycle must have gotten a flat tire,

as they haven’t been seen in some time. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara returned

during the Royal Rumble but if the rumors of the two of them squaring off at

Wrestlemania are true, then there’s really no reason for them to get a

tag-title shot. Maybe Hell No will renew their feud with the Shield. Or maybe

we’ll get more Dr. Shelby and wacky skits and hope fans don’t realize the tag

titles aren’t being defended. <>

Y2J Returns

Royal Rumble 2013

Photo courtesy: WWE

The Royal Rumble match was

well laid out. As mentioned before, the return of Chris Jericho was a surprise

and actually played into a storyline from more than a month ago. I don’t know

if Y2J is back or if this was just a one-time event. I hope he’s not back just

through Wrestlemania as I don’t like part-time guys taking Wrestlemania slots. <>

The return of Goldust was a

nice surprise and I would really like to see a Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes match at

Wrestlemania. Maybe throw in Dusty Rhodes as special guest referee.  For the second year in a row, Kofi

Kingston wins the award for most creative way to avoid elimination. <>

Cena wins

Royal Rumble 2013

Photo courtesy: WWE

As exciting as the Royal

Rumble match was, the ending killed not only the match but was the first step

in making me dislike the show as a whole. John Cena winning his second Rumble

foreshadowed a Rock victory and made me not interested in Wrestlemania 29. Cena

is the holder of the “Being John Cena” title, which allows him a title match

whenever he wants one. Instead of having Cena win, whoever is going to

challenge for the World title should have won the Rumble. Though I suspect that

Cena winning the guaranteed title shot at Wrestlemania is a way for WWE to

claim last year’s promotion of Rock/Cena as “once in a lifetime” wasn’t a lie.

“Cena just happened to win a title show and Rock is champion, it’s not like we

set up that way.”  <>

During the Punk Rock match,

I thought they might have Punk retain the title because a Rock victory seemed

too obvious. If Punk retained, Rock could still win the title at Elimination

Chamber and go on to face Cena at Wrestlemania. Because I had this thought,

when Punk pinned Rock, I wasn’t too shocked. However my spirits were deflated

and every bad thought I had came to a head once Vince McMahon came out to

address CM Punk. <>

Punk wins...for a minute

Royal Rumble 2013

Photo courtesy: WWE

Due to the lights going out

during the match and Rock apparently being attacked, I think maybe he just

slipped, Vince claimed The Shield had helped CM Punk and pre-match stipulation

declared if this happened Punk would be stripped of the title. The Rock grabbed

a mic and said they weren’t going to end that way and demanded the match be

restarted. One People’s Elbow later, the Rock ended CM Punk’s 400-day title

reign. <>

This ending was pure dreck

on many levels.  First off, Vince

had no proof the Shield interfered. Who’s to say Rock didn’t arrange for the

lights to be turned off so he could get Punk stripped of the title? Rock

beating Punk with one of the weakest wrestling moves in the history of

wrestling was also frustrating. Here’s a guy who has been champion for over 400

days, has defeated some of the best wrestlers on the roster and he gets beat

after a movie star who’s wrestled two matches in ten years hits him with an

elbow drop. Could they have made Punk’s title reign look any more pointless? <>

Now unless there’s some

major shake up at Elimination Chamber, The Rock will defend the WWE title at

Wrestlemania against John Cena. I have not heard one person who has said they

want to see this rematch. Had I taken a survey at Buffalo Wild Wings, I may

have gotten a handful of people who were excited for the match. In my opinion,

Rock/Cena was the laziest booking decision that could have been made. <>

Seventy days until

Wrestlemania and I have very little interest in the show. WWE really needs to

build a strong undercard to make Wrestlemania 29 not be the weakest show on a

weekend full of shows. Right now, I don’t have high hopes.  <>

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