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WWE: Royal Rumble 2013
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Normally I wait until the end to give my summary but based off how I see the previous reviews along with the amount of votes they've been getting, I'll give it now. I'm not the type of person who only concentrates on the match result before the match itself & I'll give the devil it's due if that match was pretty damn good or entertaining regardless if I like the winner or not. I personally didn't want C.M. Punk's title reign to end (and for those who will complain about spoilers, just look at the DVD cover!) nor did I want to the person who won the Rumble to win it but I'm not going to deny that this was the best Rumble event from the undercard matches to the Rumble itself in at least the last two to three years regardless of who won the matches.

Last Man Standing Match: World Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show - We get a special treat before the match as Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriquez get some encouraging words from Bret Hart backstage before making their way to the ring. Big Show took control early with heavy chops to Rio's chest before he recovered taking out Big Show's legs while also catching Show in a frankensteiner when he went for a powerbomb & delivering a top rope legdrop to take Show down as Del Rio continued to use a chair to keep show down. Show would eventually catch Del Rio & made him pay for with his power such as a chokeslam, slam on the floor, and beating him up using the entrance stage before delivering on high chokeslam that had Del Rio crashing on the way down before making their way back to the ring where they continued to fight using whatever was around from the barricade, chair, steel steps, fire extinguisher, Ricardo Rodriquez getting involved, and a prop we've seen make a big different in another Last Man Standing match in recent years. While I liked their previous Last Man Standing match on SmackDown better, this was still a good match showcasing Big Show at the dominate giant while Del Rio as the smaller man who brought a fight.

Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars - Hell No was in control early on with Kane using his power strikes while Bryan has some offense himself like a suicide dive onto both on the outside & applying a surfboard submission during the match. Rhodes Scholars had to resort to cheating behind the referee's back in order to gain the advantage & continued to single out Bryan with even Cody applying a variation of the half crab submission of his own with Kane waiting for the hot tag on the apron. This was a solid tag team match using the typical "tag team wrestling 101" formula in regards to how both teams worked throughout the match with the only real negative being that we've seen them fight on TV various times that this match didn't stand out.

Royal Rumble Battle Royal - As usual, WWE put together a great "by the numbers" video package featuring facts & highlights from the previous Rumble matches. Various moments include Dolph kissing A.J. so hard during his entrance that you would think he was going to swallow her, the #2 entrant being a blast from Dolph's past, the Rhodes family reunion, Sheamus' dominate entrance, the returns of Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, how Kofi saved himself from elimination this year, the return of the Ho Train, Team Hell No, The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro, NXT star Bo Dallas entering the Royal Rumble & having his "Undertaker/Maven" moment, Sheamus vs. Randy Orton, and when it got down to the final five. While I didn't agree with the winner, I won't deny that this Rumble was entertaining from start to finish & way better than what we got last year.

WWE Champion C.M. Punk vs. The Rock - Both men started off trading fist with the brawl going in & out of the ring with a funny part happening with Rock taking off the lid of the spanish announce table only for Punk to keep putting it back on & even doing a comedic jester to the announcers. A distraction by Heyman allowed Punk to take control using a unique head vice submission while also taking the match back on the outside with a springboard dropkick to Rock on the apron, top rope double axe handle, and suicide dive. They eventually continued to trade momentum allowing for some good sequences like a GTS to Rock Bottom to Anaconda Vice to pin attempt & later how Rock was able to counter a pin attempt by Punk into the Sharpshooter as the action continued back on the outside & in the ring that eventually resulted in one announce tables destroyed before the lights went out & the other table was broken as well. While this was another case where I personally wouldn't have chosen the guy who did win the match, I won't deny that this was a quality match between the two that at times did come off as a fight as much as a wrestling match.

I already gave my "bottom line" in the beginning that this was the best Rumble PPV from top to bottom in the past few years as far as quality goes regardless of who won what match so if you can get past that part then this is a show I would go out of my way to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Format: DVD
Last Man Standing Match for the World Title Alberto Del Rio VS Big Show: Before the match Del Rio meets Bret Hart. Anyways, this match is just like the current product-wrestling wise it's fine but it's nothing out of the ordinary if you watch Smackdown, Raw, or Main Event. I hated the ending, it was fine a few years ago when Cena did it but here it came off stupid and corny. Call me a hyprocrite.

Tag Team Champions Team Hell No VS Rhodes Scholar: Same as before, wrestling was fine but just like you'd watch on free tv.

Royal Rumble: Chris Jericho returns in a surprise and puts on a great show. A good Rumble despite Super Cena winning.

WWE Champion CM Punk VS The Rock: Rock declared a title shot months in advance even though he did nothing to deserve it. CM Punk had held the title for over a year. This is the problem with WWE-bringing back old talent rather then build up the roster they already have. As of this review, Punk left WWE and I dont blame him. The two matches between Rock-Punk both sucked.

Overall, a small card but the tag title match & the Rumble match were fine but the title matches as usual sucked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 17, 2013
Format: DVD
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ROYAL RUMBLE 2013

I am a big fan of the Royal Rumble and in fact it is my favorite of the big five PPV's [I am including King of the Ring, oh how I miss you]. Any way this year's was a good one with some highly entertaining moments. Along with the Rumble itself we get three title matches so it was a fun event.

1.[LAST MAN STANDING WORLD TITLE MATCH]ALBERTO DEL RIO VS BIG SHOW-the first match of the night was the World Title match. But before it started we got to see the legendary Bret Hart talking with Del Rio backstage. Then we get into this hardcore match which was an entertaining brawl. They would use whatever they could get their hands on to beat down the other. The biggest moment of the match would have to be Del Rio getting chokeslamed onto a table. It is where it happened that made that something special. I liked the ending here as I was wondering at the time if Del Rio won how would he do it. Their first last man standing match on Smackdown ended with Del Rio trapping Show under a table to keep him down. Here he would tape his feet around the ropes leading to his victory and keeping the belt.

2.[TAG TITLE]TEAM HELL NO VS TEAM RHODES SCHOLARS-the second match would see the unlikely tag champs taking on the highly arrogant challengers. This was a good match in which the heel team pulled off the usual heel tactics and worked over the smaller Bryan. It had a good pace and some nice action from both sides. Kane used his strength to overpower Cody and Sandow that and Bryan submission skills lead to them taking home the victory.

3.ROYAL RUMBLE-as usual the Rumble match was fun and featured many memorable moments. Kofi continued his new Rumble gimmick which is how can he be thrown out but still stay in, which is cool. There was also the surprise entrants like The Godfather and Y2J of course. Dolph looked great here since he is the HBK/Mr. Perfect of these days. All the action was fun and moved a good pace with Cena coming out on top again and going to Mania against The Rock.

4.[WWE TITLE]CM PUNK VS THE ROCK-this was a really good match and best of the night for sure. These two worked well together and kept the action going with brawling all over the place. The counters here are great as well and Rock is hilarious of course. I was so behind Punk here and wanted him to win so bad so when the lights went out and Punk won a little bit later I was very happy with the outcome. But Vince came out and restarted the match at Rock's request since he knew the Shield had put Rock threw the table. This lead to some The Rock getting the title once again in his career, I like The Rock but the wrong man won in my opinion.

This was a good Rumble in my opinion as every match was entertaining. I do not like that Punk lost the title but unfortunately that was not my call. All the non Rumble matches were really good and the Rumble itself had some fun moments as always. The event was not as great as the old school Rumbles but as far as the last Rumbles are concerned it was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The first WWE (F) Pay Per View that I ever watched was Wrestlemania V. So, I have been watching the WWE for most of my life. In recent years however, I have found the WWE to be incredibly boring, and not worth the time. However, I took a chance on this year's Royal Rumble because the Rock was fighting for the championship. It is in the top 3 PPVs I've ever seen, and probably easily the best one since the attitude era. I used to order 'Mania every year, but after being disappointed from XX on, I stopped. After seeing the direction they have taken now, I will definitely start watching again. Every match on this disk is great. Seeing Golddust in the Royal Rumble match was just great. If you are on the fence for this item, go for it! It is well worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I bought this blu ray solely for The Rock. He was my favorite wrestler growing up (even when he was Nation of Domination, and Corporate Rock)... so his limited return to the WWE made me watch Raw and Smackdown for his returns. When he became champion again (part time champion, due to his filming movies) I was happy. So him defending the belt at Royal Rumble was more of a nostalgia moment than anything for me. Perhaps you too if you enjoyed The Rock when he was dominating the Attitude Era with Stone Cold, and HHH.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The Rock has come back to wwe! Ordered the title match and well worth the two dollars. The segment is 45 minutes long and includes the run up from jan. raws up to the rumble title match. Always have been a fan of the Rock and glad to see him beat punk for title. The rest of the ppv/dvd gets 2 stars- Del rio beats big show same way cena beat batista few years ago (taping legs), boring tag team match, and cena wins the rumble(yawn). Heres to the Rock beating cena twice at Wrestlemania 2013!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
i purchased this DVD for my grandson (11 years). Little did we know, it was the Royal Rumble he attended with his father in January. they worked on sign and there they were! they were caught on camera 11 times during the DVD. Well, this is now a family favorite for father and son! Pretty cool!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
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I love how you guys had this one in stock because I am always looking for more wrestling DVD's and I loved how it got here pretty dang fast from about a two day order. You guys are awesome, that is why I gave five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed watching there PPV,raw, and Smackdown.this one is always good because you never know who might come back to wrestle that night.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
It was overall a Great Pay-Per-View Event. Lots of great moments stand in the 30-Man Battle Royal full of surprising entries from entrant #1 all the way to entrant #30. Of course Vinnie Mac would let his moneymaker win it. Doesn't change the fact that it was a great Royal Rumble match worth watching. As for the main event, I wish the WWE Championship match wouldn't end with interference and restarting the match, hoped for both Punk and Rock to put out a great multiple maneuver wrestling match. But in the end, it's worth purchasing.
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