The countdown to the 2013 Royal Rumble is just about up, with WWE Champion CM Punk making final preparations for his title bout against The Rock and legions of Superstars lining up for an opportunity at a World Title at WrestleMania. But while the Rumble lineup slowly gestates, the rivalry between Rock and Punk threatens to runneth over at any moment. Following their brawl last week, the Royal Rumble is looking to be one of the most personal pay-per-views in a long time, and here are five ideas we have for the final Raw until the powder keg blows.
Tick, tock, time’s up
If The Rock is to be believed, the clock is about to strike midnight for WWE Champion CM Punk and his nearly 430-day stint atop the WWE mountain. The People’s Champion has vowed to take The Straight Edge Superstar’s prized possession — the WWE Championship— at the Rumble, while Punk has promised to fend off The Great One in the process of keeping his historic reign running. Minus their pull-apart brawl last week, the two have largely — and shockingly — refrained from putting hands on each other, but we’ve got the feeling the time for civility is just about over. In the past six months, Punk has retained his championship on the strength of his wiles; our money’s on him taking a cheap shot or two at The People’s Champion when Rock least expects it, weakening him for the final battle.
The Miz and United States Champion Antonio Cesaro added their names to the Royal Rumble Match last week, and with six days to go until the iconic over-the-top-rope fracas, time is running out for the Superstars of Raw to declare their intent to enter. The playing field is already becoming more and more stacked, with current and former champions having already staked out a spot in the melee, but the opportunity — and potential glory — remains the same. A World Title Match at WrestleMania is on the line. Who wants it the most? Only six days left to find out.