|By Marc Middleton | January 27, 2013 | Comments|
Rock rolls in the ring to break the count. Rock goes back out and hits a Rock Bottom on the floor. The referee starts counting again but Rock brings Punk back in the ring. Rock with a 2 count. They get up and Punk lands a huge roundhouse kick and Rock goes down. They make it up at the 9 count. Punk with a big kick to the leg. Rock with a right. Punk with a right. They trade shots some more. Rock fires away with punches. Punk with forearms. Rock runs the ropes and hits a flying shot. Rock with a spinebuster. Rock calls for The People's Elbow but when he goes to hit it, the lights go out. We hear a fight going down it sounds like. The lights are still out but Cole is yelling about The Shield. They put Rock through an announce table with a triple powerbomb. The lights come on and Rock is laid outside the ring. No sign of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns. Punk starts smiling and laughing in the ring.
Cole is yelling about The Shield and Punk says he has nothing to do with them. Punk goes outside and brings Rock back in the ring while Heyman looks on. Punk rolls in and covers Rock for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
- After the bell, we see Rock's mother in the crowd looking worried. Punk takes his title and celebrates as his music plays. Punk stomps on Rock a few times in the corner and kicks him out of the ring before posing on the turnbuckles.
- Vince McMahon's music hits and out he comes. Vince says Punk's celebration is over. Vince says if The Shield got involved, he said he would strip Punk. Vince says yes, technically we couldn't see that The Shield got involved. Vince goes to strip Punk of the title as Heyman pleads from his knees. Rock takes the mic from the ground and says we ain't ending this night like that. Rock says Vince don't take the title from Punk, he will. Rock tells Vince to re-start the match now.
Vince restarts the match and here we go. Punk attacks Rock coming in the ring and unloads on him. The crowd is all into it. Punk nails a knee to the head int he corner. Punk goes to the top for the big elbow drop and nails it. Punk covers for a 2 count. Fans chant for Rocky as Punk calls for GTS. Rock slides out of GTS and hits a spinebuster off the ropes. Rock nails The People's Elbow this time and covers Punk for the win and the WWE Title.
Winner and New WWE Champion: The Rock
- After the bell, Rock takes the WWE Title and celebrates as his mother looks on and cheers. Rock holds the title up and says it's for the people. We go to replays of Rock winning. Rock celebrates some more before Royal Rumble goes off the air.
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