Ever since The Rock made his WWE comeback in 2011, he’s always been in the main event of every show in which he’s participated. Even if it’s a Raw show he’s booked in to be on last. The only time I remember him not being in the main event was when he made his Smackdown return earlier this month. He was bumped in favor of Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship win over the Big Show instead that night.
The Royal Rumble match has always been advertised as the star attraction of the show and it’s always been booked to be the last match of the show. There were only a few occasions back in the mid-’90s when the WWF Title matches were booked last. The most recent time was in 2006 when Mark Henry wrestled Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship. This sounded like a bad idea on paper, but The Undertaker came in and destroyed the ring after the conclusion of the match so it made sense after all.
You cannot deny that The Rock vs. CM Punk for the WWE Title at this year’s event is the biggest match a Royal Rumble event has had for quite some time. The magnitude of a match like this could have been held at WrestleMania 29. It’s more than likely that the WWE will book this to be last because it will mark the end of Punk’s very long title reign and The Rock’s first title he’s held since SummerSlam 2002.
This year’s Royal Rumble match has a number of respectable participants, but whoever wins might not have a bigger impact than the WWE Title match. If Punk wins over The Rock in a typical “heel” fashion, it’s likely the Royal Rumble match will be on last. If The Rock wins though, you can bet the WWE Title match will be in main event of the show.