First Rumble Participant Revealed, Orton Returns, RGIII, The Rock At Raw In DC, Smackdown Main Event

Other than the WWE Intercontinental Championship changing hands, there were plenty of noteworthy tidbits coming out of Saturday’s WWE Raw taping in Washington, D.C.:

- John Cena announced himself as the first entrant for the 30-man Royal Rumble match at the pay-per-view next year.

- Randy Orton returned from a shoulder injury as we reported he was advertised at this link.

- Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was in attendance at the show and acknowledged on-camera.

- WWE will return to Washington, D.C. on April 1, 2013 for the go home to Wrestlemania episode of Raw. The Rock is being advertised for the show as a presale is set to begin on January 24, 2013.

- World Heavyweight Champion Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio is set to headline next week’s Smackdown.

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  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Cena's going to face The Rock for the WWE Title at WrestleMania!! Never give up!

    • The Breaker

      I hope you're wrong. Besides, they still refer to that match being billed as "Once in a Lifetime"..

      • James d

        Well this can be 2nd in a lifetime!! :)
        Despite everyone hating another cena vs rock, they'll put on a great match!!

  • sdc10

    Well the "predictable" scenario would be for Rock to beat Punk at the Rumble to win the title, and having Cena win the rumble to set up Rock vs. Cena II at Wrestlemania for the WWE title. Which if you think about it would be the only explainable scenario for having Rock go over Cena last year, to set up another "bigger" match with more on the line.

  • A2H

    I really hope we’ll get a surprise along the way cz the rock winning the title at RR, retaining at the elimination chamber remaych and losing it to cena at WM is obviously what everyone’s expecting. I hope vince can approve a different scenario!

  • Jay

    At this point i could really care less about Cena, the only thing i'm looking forward to at the Rumble is any surprise entrants. I would really like to see Jericho and Christian return.