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WWE NEWS: Report - Royal Rumble match order set (w/Analysis)

Jan 17, 2013 - 3:05:44 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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One of the big questions for the Royal Rumble that could determine outcomes of the big matches is which match goes on last - C.M. Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE Title or the Rumble match, itself.

Right now, the Rumble PPV script calls for Punk-Rock in the semi-main event slot and the Rumble match going on last, according to the Wrestling Observer. This is subject to change if WWE changes their minds next week.

PWTorch readers were split on which match should go on last when we polled readers last week. With over 1,400 votes cast, 53 percent said the Rumble match should go on last, and 47 percent said Punk-Rock.

Caldwell's Analysis: As we've been talking about on the PWTorch Livecast for weeks, the order of the Big Two could have a significant impact on WrestleMania. If Punk-Rock is semi-main event, it allows WWE to deliver a great match, but have Punk somehow retain the WWE Title without ending the PPV on a down-note. Then, WWE can have a top babyface win the Rumble match and end the PPV on a high-note with the wrestler pointing toward the WM29 logo to set the stage for Mania.

Granted, WWE could still have Rock win the WWE Title in the semi-main event, then have John Cena win the Rumble, and the PPV closes with a staredown of sorts. But, Punk-Rock in the semi-main event at least gives WWE some options with the match finish, especially with Rock also booked for the Elimination Chamber PPV in February.


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