Backstage Update: Royal Rumble & WrestleMania 29 Plans

Ryan Clark November 22, 2012 3

Backstage Update: Royal Rumble & WrestleMania 29 Plans


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Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

With CM Punk retaining the WWE Championship against Ryback and John Cena at Survivor Series on Sunday, thereby likely solidifying an expected match with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Royal Rumble, the sports-entertainment organization’s creative team has discussed a scenario where The Straight Edge Superstar would defeat The Great One at the annual January pay-per-view event. This would subsequently lead to Punk defending the title against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIX, and Johnson facing Cena in a non-title re-match at the same event. This is not confirmed and there are still ongoing creative talks.

Original creative plans called for Johnson to defeat Punk at the Rumble, leading to a match against Cena for the title—which could still occur. Creative has given thought to how Johnson winning the WWE Championship would impact the product since there would be no titles defenses at houses shows for over two months leading into WrestleMania, and also add a new issue of whether he would defend the title at the February pay-per-view event, Elimination Chamber. Not awarding Johnson the title would rectify this problem.

Though the importance of the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship has diminished in recent years, one of the primary reasons that creative has yet to unify the belts is because they feel a title match should close out all house shows.


  1. Adam Fernandez November 22, 2012 at 11:41 am - Reply

    very easy choice here DONT GIVE HIM THE BELT! its stupid that they would even consider giving the rock the belt, if they do go with the plan of punk beating undertaker at ws29 hes going to get major pops and it could mean that the cena era is officially over

  2. anonymous November 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply
  3. Trevz November 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    When I was a kid the rock was my favorite wrestler, I would scream like a little girl when I heard his music. But I’m getting sick of him now as it is unfair for him to win the title. Most wrestlers are on the road 250+ days a year working there asses off and they are giving the top prestige to a fella who there having trouble getting him to make more then 3 appearances. And It’s fucking up all the plans for creative team to include him. When he said that he was back home last year and he was never leaving again, I actually believed him.

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