Royal Rumble (2013) will be the twenty-sixth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. It will take place on January 27, 2013 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the first WWE pay-per-view of 2013, and will feature the traditional Royal Rumble match.
On July 23, 2012, during Raw 1000, The Rock announced that he will challenge for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Soon after, WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and John Cena each stated that they will face The Rock; later that night, The Rock was attacked and laid out by then-WWE Champion Punk, marking the start of Punk's heel run. On the January 7, 2013 episode of Raw, Ryback challenged Punk for the title in Tables, Ladders, and Chair match, which was originally scheduled for the 2012 Tables, Ladders, and Chairs PPV. On December 23, 2012, The Rock tweeted to CM Punk on that he is ready for the Royal Rumble hinting at a CM Punk vs The Rock match. On the January 7 episode of Raw, Punk retained the WWE Championship, defeating Ryback after an interference from The Shield, in a TLC match. Since Punk retained the championship, he will face The Rock at the event.
On the December 31, 2012 episode of Raw, John Cena announced he will enter the 2013 Royal Rumble match officially making him the first confirmed entrant in the competition and states his desire to be WWE Champion. On the January 4, 2013 episode of Smackdown, Randy Orton and Sheamus both announced they would participate in the Royal Rumble match as well, both wanting to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Dolph Ziggler announced on January 7, 2013 on Raw that Cena entered the match to hide from him, so Ziggler entered himself to stop Cena. That same night, 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew Mcintyre) announced that they were entering as well.
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Big Show began a feud with Alberto Del Rio after humiliating Del Rio's personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, sarcastically picking him to fight Show for the World Heavyweight Championship during "Champion's Choice Night" on the New Year's Eve 2012 episode of Raw, leading to a disqualification win for Big Show after Del Rio interfered. On the January 11 2013 edition of SmackDown, Del Rio would defeat Show in a Last Man Standing match for the championship. Three days later on Raw, Show announced that he would invoke his rematch clause at the PPV.