Any WWE fan worth their salt knows that the Road to Wrestlemania always starts at the very first pay-per view event of the calendar year. This year's "Royal Rumble" event marked the return of one of the most popular personalities in the long history of the WWE as he steps back in the ring looking to climb back to the top of the mountain one more time.
WWE kicks off The Road to WrestleMania with the 2013 Royal Rumble and this year The Rock is back to electrify the WWE Universe once again! Will the Peoples Champ finally bring the WWE Championship home to Team Bring It for the first time in over ten years? As well, 30 or more Superstars compete in WWE's historic over-the-top rope main event where one resilient Superstar earns a chance to main event WrestleMania! Sheamus emerged from the pack in 2012 and went on to claim the World Heavyweight Championship on the grandest stage. Who will add their name to the illustrious list of Royal Rumble winners this year and will they have a date to go one-on-one with the WWE Champion at WrestleMania 29?
The top of the calendar is always without fault when the WWE Universe begins to bring their 'A' game as the move towards the biggest event of the year; "Wrestlemania". This year's edition brought some quality in ring action as well as a few surprises to boot. The Last Man Standing Match between Alberto Del Rio and Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship was a fun drag 'em out brawl, while the Rumble match itself was filled with action and a fair number of surprises that came out of left field delighting the live audience and the arena and anyone who plugs in this disc as well. The main event of C.M. Punk putting his 434 day WWE title reign against the return of The Rock was a highly energized and high paced match that showed that The Rock hasn't missed a beat, and as a matter of fact I dare say that it was the kind of match where both the Rock and C.M. Punk came out on top in one way or another.
The picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray were top notch, and the Blu-Ray exclusives include a number of matches and promos that were featured on Raw & Smackdown as a lead up to the pay-per view.
With the title matches and the Rumble itself taking up so much time, this event is usually light on action outside of the afore mentioned matches but there was still enough high quality action going on to recommend this to anyone in need of catching up while on the road to Wrestlemania or even simply just reliving some highlights.
3 out of 5 stars.
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