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Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 169 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: April 15 2013
Kicking off the year in WWE on PPV, Royal Rumble delivered a memorable main event with an outcome that seemed inconceivable just a short time ago, and some decent action elsewhere which makes for a fun DVD to watch.
The opening Last Man Standing match between Alberto Del Rio and Big Show is perhaps slightly inferior to their previous LMS meeting on SmackDown a few weeks earlier, but it’s still entertaining nonetheless. Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars is okay, and we then jump ahead to the Royal Rumble match itself. It’s not the best Rumble by any means, but it does deliver some nice surprises and is overall superior to the 2012 effort.
Whether you appreciate CM Punk vs. The Rock depends on you as a fan, really. Some will understand that the match itself and its outcome were sensible, business-wise. Others will cry foul that Punk’s historic 434-day reign gets – well – Rocked, so to speak, due to his part-time status. Assuming that you just take it for what it is, Punk vs. Rock is enjoyable and has a pretty dramatic finale, and is a historic and star-studded attraction after all. Also included is the pre-show match, pitting Antonio Cesaro against The Miz.
To be fair, most fans will get the DVD of Royal Rumble anywa, due to its legacy and its rich history. That being said, the 2013 edition should definitely entertain you, and similar to the match of the same name, it is an improvement on what we saw in 2012.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good