This past Sunday the 2013 Royal Rumble aired and was received with a very “hot or cold” reception from the WWE viewing audience. Much of the criticism and/or praise was met with The Rock capturing the WWE Championship from CM Punk. Since that title win, this moment may possibly be one of the most controversial decisions made by the WWE, according to the fans. However, there was one decision made on Sunday that was met with a bit of criticism but made all the sense in the world. That decision was to have John Cena win the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Coming off the heels of what looked to be an almost unstoppable first half of pay per view matches (with the exception of Wrestlemania) of the year, John Cena’s royal Rumble victory looked to be another example of his cushion of security of being the #1 top superstar in the company. However, I have to disagree with this notion, as Cena’s victory was a nod to pro wrestling’s earned historic factor for top superstars. Before John Cena, there have only been 3 wrestlers in history who have won more than 1 Royal Rumble; Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin (Austin is the only 3 time Rumble winner in history). All three of these men, represented their respective eras of the WWF on a high level. Hulk Hogan was the leader of the old Federation years from the mid 80’s to early 90’s. Shawn Michaels was that top tiered superstar who was the front leader in representation of the “New Generation” era from the early’s 90’s to late 90’s. And of course, who can ever forget “The Attitude Era” during the late 90’s to early 2000’s, lead by none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin.
With John Cena being the quintessential face of the “Modern Era” (2007-present), winning two Rumbles only makes sense. Now in addition to his multiple world title reigns, being a multiple Rumble winner, solidifies him as one of the top superstars of all time. The only difference would be that Hogan, Michaels and Austin all do have back to back Rumble victories under their belt, where Cena’s victories came in 2008 and 2013. But nevertheless, John Cena’s 2013 Royal Rumble victory is not only a title earned, but a title expected.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports