Re: How I'd book the 2013 Royal Rumble (Long Post)
I think Rock or Punk will win the Rumble (unless the title match is main eventing)
The Rock has hired The Shield to protect Punk and keep the title on him until The Rumble so he can win it off him as revenge for Raw 1000. Punk finds out this backstage during the show and his confidence is crushed. He loses the title to the Rock. Backstage Heyman consoles him and tells him he is still the best in the world. Punk enters the Rumble last, with Ryder and Ryback being the last in the ring. The Shield come out to stop Punk because they feel he illegally entered the Rumble (dat injustice) Ryback attacks them and gets himself eliminated in the process. Punk eliminates Ryder and sets up Rock v Punk at Mania.
Heyman hires The Shield to protect Punk because secretly he feels Punk is weak and is not the best in the world. Also Heyman has grown attached to the power the WWE title brings, (Heyman tightly holding the title outside Punk's room during the latest episode of Raw) During the match with the Rock, the ref gets knocked out by accident, Heyman sees his chance and calls for The Shield. They jump out of the crowd and attack Rock. Punk is confused and he and Heyman stare at eachother. Punk decides to help Rock and starts attacking The Shield with a chair. They run away and the ref gets back up. sees Rock passed in a heap and Punk holding the chair. DQ. Punk retains. Punk leaves but he feels shame for what happened. Later that night Rock enters the Rumble last and he and Ryback are the last two in the ring. Heyman comes out with the Shield to stop the Rock, suddenly Punk jumps out of the crowd with a fire extinguisher and sprays them. At the same time Rock eliminates Ryback and wins. Punk and Rock have a staredown from ring to ramp