With just six days left until this Sunday's highly anticipated Royal Rumble pay-per-view, tonight's "WWE Raw" will have its final show until the big event. The feuds involved with the pay-per-view as well as the infamous 30-man over the top role rumble will kick off the Road to Wrestlemania.
Since obtaining the U.S. Championship off Kofi Kingston, Antonio Cesaro has garnered a ton of heel heat over his anti-American remarks. The European has been extremely vocal in regards to his confidence that no American can defeat him.
However, newly minted face The Miz, confronted him just a few weeks back from the commentary booth on Wednesday's "Main Event." With The Miz voicing his opinions via commentary and Cesaro dogging the Awesome One from the mic, the feud began to ignite. However, it wasn't until the legendary Ric Flair appeared as the guest on last Monday's "MizTV" that things really started to intensify between the two.
With the Nature Boy's approval, The Miz took a page out of the profiler's book and slapped the Figure-Four Leg-lock on Cesaro. A few days later, the champion got his revenge when he snuck back in the ring and gave Miz the Neutralizer after The Shield's ambush.
The biggest singles match of the "Royal Rumble" will feature the People's Champion, The Rock taking on WWE champion CM Punk, who has held the title for well over 400 days.
Last year, Punk began the feud when he turned his back on the WWE Universe and hit The Rock with the Go To Sleep on Raw's 1000th episode. It was announced earlier in the night that The Great One would be going one-on-one with whoever the champ was come the "Royal Rumble."
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The matches that have been announced thus far for the 2013 "Royal Rumble" pay-per-view can be viewed below
The Rock vs. CM Punk - WWE Championship Match
The Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio - WWE World Championship Match
Team Hell No vs. The Rhodes Scholars - WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro - WWE U.S. Championship Match
30-Man Royal Rumble Match - Winner Gets WWE Title Shot At Wrestlemania