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Booking The Rumble, CM Punk’s Disdain For The Rock, Title Match Outcome, Brock Lesnar

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I was just wondering how WWE goes about booking a match like the Royal Rumble? With 30 workers involved, is every elimination scripted or do they just want it to get down to a final four and then really work the match? And is the entry order really random?

We get this question a lot around this time of year and it's always fun to answer. The 30-man Royal Rumble match is scripted, completely scripted, just like any other match. It would be utter chaos if WWE just sent workers from gorilla and told them to "do their thing" until they got to the final four. This year's match was actually booked last month by Pat Patterson and Triple H. Plans have been sealed and we haven't been able to confirm who they have going over. As I noted here on Premium, Hunter is trying to learn the art of booking the Rumble match since he knows Patterson isn't going to be around forever.

What is the real life relationship like between CM Punk and The Rock? I remember reading something about CM Punk not being happy about a part-timer like The Rock coming back and stealing the spotlight.

One can only speculate as to how much legitimate disdain there is between a guy like CM Punk and a guy like The Rock. I'll tell you as long as The Rock is around there is going to be a divide because of his success outside of the ring. However, this time around (and not that Punk even did this last year), no one will be able to question Rock's involvement in WWE as he's basically back full-time until Wrestlemania. He's not scheduled for live events but he's booked for most TVs as you can view his dates for the next two months at this link. Given the number of movies The Rock is releasing this year, his work ethic is unlike anything I have ever seen.

I believe the only possible scenarios for WWE Title match are: The Rock wins clean, DQ via The Shield, or CM Punk wins dirty. Is there any way to book CM Punk over The Rock clean to make a monster statement?

I've been trying to come up with a scenario where CM Punk retains clean but I don't think it's going to be possible to keep the momentum on The Rock for Wrestlemania. The Shield's involvement in the past WWE title matches are souring me on the use of the faction. Don't get me wrong, I think all three have done a great job but I'm tired of them running in to ruin title matches. I've spent enough time criticizing WWE for their lack of confidence in Ryback but they clearly wanted to keep the belt on Punk for a program with The Rock and after the exchange on this week's Raw, we all know why.

Do you see a scenario happening at the Royal Rumble that has Brock Lesnar costing The Rock the WWE Championship and setting up a match between the two at Wrestlemania?

I could see a scenario like this happening but I'm not sure WWE would want to burn through a Brock Lesnar date with an unannounced appearance, especially when WWE knows people are going to order the pay-per-view because of The Rock. You can take the following names - Undertaker, The Rock, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Triple H and CM Punk - and have a field day producing dream matches. After Royal Rumble the picture is going to be much clearer but things are rapidly changing.

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