By Thomas Brunt
Perhaps Team Hell No's graduation this past Monday Night was a sign of a near disband. It would only make sense, afterall that would make the whole segment pointless if you think about it, and besides that, it's time for Kane and Daniel Bryan to move on to bigger and better things. While Kane has been in this company a lot longer than Bryan has and has accomplished so much more in his career, it's time for Bryan to resume climbing the main event picture, and continue to build what's been an already impressive career. WWE can also do Kane a favor and make him the monster we all really know he is, you know to make things more interesting. The Big Red Monster also deserves one more shot at a major title before he retires. As for Team Rhodes Scholars, they could both use a push, and why not start that push out by winning the tag team titles on Sunday?
Cody Rhodes could use it, after coming off what wasn't one of his better year's in 2012, and Damien Sandow could use it to further promote and make him a bigger Superstar, while he's already been granted a solid future in his career, this will only help Sandow. And if you think about it, it will only help Kane and Daniel Bryan.
That's why Rhodes Scholars need to win the tag team titles at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday.
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The Rock confronts WWE Champion CM Punk.
Effective opening segment featuring WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, Team Rhodes Scholars, Big Show and World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. This helped hype the WWE Tag Team title match on Sunday, which was desperately needed after failing to do so on Raw this week. This segment was pretty basic, but it did a nice job in hyping the night's main event matchup.
Solid match between Sheamus and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrrett. As seen on Raw this week, these two always work well together and once again provided an entertaining contest. Sheamus going over does nothing for me, but at least the bout was given a substantial amount of time.
Fine match with Natalya defeating Rosa Mendes. I'm not exactly sure what the point of it was, but it wasn't anything bad at all. Mendes wrestled half decently for a Diva who hasn't competed in ages, so that was pleasantly surprising. That aside, though, this contest was mostly meaningless.
Strong promo from WWE Champion CM Punk and The Rock. I'm glad Punk addressed The Shield after all the accusations that the two parties are aligned, but since Shield didn't attack Punk, there's a chance that could still be possible. Punk once again cut a good promo, but I felt Rock's was even better this time around. He came off as passionate and really helped make this match feel even more important than it did before, which I thought was impossible. Sure, the two didn't have a war of the words as we saw a few weeks back, but both Superstars' individual promos were excellent.
By Sadia Shahid
It was the starting of the November 5th, 2012 edition of Raw that got the WWE Universe talking. An unexpected “I quit” came from The Miz regarding his status as a member of Team Punk for Survivor Series (Nov. 18th, 2012). This was the first step we saw from WWE in an effort to turn Miz babyface. Later in his match against Sheamus, no one actually cheered for him, but the ‘booing’ factor was just low enough to get noticed, at least by me. Miz being a longtime heel, it was obvious turning him face won’t be an easy task. It all came down to Survivor Series where majority had speculated he will remain heel, but eventually came to know this could last a while.
Week after week, strong segments of Miz Tv continue to make and stir controversy, especially by going up against the WWE Champion CM Punk, the current ultimate heel in my opinion. There was also hype during the minor Ziggler/Miz feud. Shame it wasn’t persuaded in the long run. The starting point of this face turn was interesting as for two weeks WWE shows stayed in Cleveland, Miz’s hometown, so things went smoothly. Afterwords, everything went downhill from there. Miz being a former WWE Champion with the longest title reign in 2011 (160 days), wasn’t given worthy opponents, and came to the point where Miz TV, no matter how entertaining, was the only thing keeping him in the ring.
By John Perry
CM Punk vs. The Rock will be how the WWE starts the 2013 Pay-Per-View schedule. This match has the most potential to be The Rock's best match since coming back in 2011 and more importantly, he's getting a WWE Championship match. The last time The Rock won the WWE Championship was at Vengeance (2002) when he defeated Kurt Angle and The Undertaker before eventually losing it to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam (2002). Here we are, 11 years later, and now in the same position. At Wrestlemania 28, he defeated John Cena in his singles return match and proved that he is the best. But is he better then the Best in the World and current WWE Champion, CM Punk?
CM Punk has held the WWE Championship for a total of 423 days (as of this writing) and has had some extremely talented wrestlers (Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, etc). But at the Royal Rumble, he will have his toughest challenge to date (with the exception of his feud with Undertaker back in 2009) when he battles The Rock.
The Rock has had some major ring rust, since he hasn't wrestled in almost a year so that will definitely play a key impact in the match. The arguement could be made that CM Punk is still recovering from his knee injury but that shouldn't take anything away from the buildup to this match.
The buildup of this match began at Raw 1000 when The Rock announced that he will be getting a WWE Championship match at this upcoming Royal Rumble and has gotten very stale since then. Since Raw 1000, there were not many mentions of the future match and it felt like WWE did not put a consistent effort into it. Of course, CM Punk would throw in his usual shot at The Rock during a promo but I don't believe "taking shots" will persuade fans to await the upcoming showdown.
By Carson Koschik
We start off the show with the same Royal Rumble video package we get each year. I'm not complaining, since it's an amazing video package and there really isn't any thing you can do differently each year. After the video package, we go to a backstage interview with Matt Striker and Ryback. Ryback still needs a little work on the mic, but he's not so terrible that it takes away from his character. He also does a damn good "John Laurinaitis on steroids" impression. As usual, we start off Main Event with the main event of Main Event that should be in the actual main event of Main Event and not in the opener. I'm trying to get more and more confusing with that each and every week. Cesaro comes out and does the usual "I love America but I hate America" promo. Ryback's music hits and he comes out to the ring to his fake pyro. I'm still waiting for Ryback to be an actual match. Since he debuted, his only actual competition has been CM Punk. Not to take away from Cesaro, but the two have faced before and Cesaro either gets squashed or gets counted out. They really need to start putting Ryback in actual long matches, because we have yet to see his in-ring endurance.
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