Royal Rumble report
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Last Updated: 29/01/13 4:25pm
The Rock survived CM Punk's array of manoeuvres and an attack by the Shield to pluck the WWE Championship at Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The Great One - competing in his first championship match in over a decade - engaged in a brutal brawl with Punk in Phoenix, Arizona, but his hopes of claiming gold appeared to be shattered when the lights went out and the Shield interfered, allowing Punk to pin his rival.
Vince McMahon had stated beforehand that should the rogue trio interject themselves into the WWE Title bout, Punk would be stripped of the title - and the WWE Chairman appeared post-match to carry out his promise, much to the champion's chagrin.
But The Rock, still retrieving his breath after the Shield's triple powerbomb, urged McMahon to restart the clash instead, and then proceeded to hit Punk with the People's Elbow to capture the 10th world title of his illustrious career - and end the Chicagoan's 434-day reign with the strap.
The Brahma Bull could now face John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIIII after the latter outlasted 29 other men to win the 2013 Royal Rumble and earn a guaranteed WWE or World Heavyweight Title opportunity at April's showpiece event in New Jersey.
Cena, who entered the multi-man melee at number 19, lastly ousted Ryback to secure his spot in the WrestleMania event, at the end of a match notable for the surprise returns of Chris Jericho, the Godfather and Goldust
Kofi Kingston avoided elimination in the 2012 Royal Rumble by performing a handstand and wowed the crowd again at the US Airways Center, using a mixture of Tensai, the Spanish announce desk and a chair to prevent his feet from hitting the floor.
NXT star Bo Dallas impressed in the Rumble, too, lasting over 20 minutes and eliminating Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett - before the irate Brit yanked him out of the ring in the way of retribution.
Alberto Del Rio maintained his grip on the World Heavyweight Championship, meanwhile, by beating Big Show in a Last Man Standing match; the challenger failing to make the 10-count after Del Rio's personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, had duct-taped his feet to the ring ropes.
Plus, Team Hell No bested Team Rhodes Scholars to extend their spell with the WWE Tag Team Titles and Antonio Cesaro kept his United States Championship intact by conquering former titlist The Miz.
WWE Royal Rumble will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) between 9am on Monday January 28 and 9pm on Saturday February 2. Repeat showings will last three hours.
The event is priced at £14.95 for UK customers, €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
You can order WWE Royal Rumble by pressing the Box Office button on your remote. Select 'sports & events' and follow the on-screen instructions.
Viewers are also able to call 08442 410 888 to book WWE Royal Rumble. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
You can also book WWE Royal Rumble online by clicking this link www.sky.com/orderboxoffice
Cable customers should contact their local cable operator.