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January 21, 2013

The Rock was ambushed by The Shield after Paul Heyman’s “Paul bomb”

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With The Rock safely barricaded from the building by San Jose police, Paul Heyman was free and clear to make whatever comments he saw fit about The People’s Champion with the Rock vs. CM Punk WWE Title Match at the Royal Rumble looming. So seizing the opportunity, the ECW mastermind made his way to the ring and proceeded to drop a “Paul bomb” against The Brahma Bull.

With CM Punk watching from a skybox, Heyman attempted to “keep it simple” for a WWE Universe he believed was simply too dim-witted to understand Punk’s earlier address.

“You think it’s a fait accompli — I’m sorry, there I go again — you think it’s a foregone conclusion that The Rock is leaving the Royal Rumble with the WWE Championship,” Heyman said. The “Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless” went on to berate The Great One for insulting him as opposed to focusing on Punk. “Just like The People, The Rock is stupid.”

But as Heyman dropped that particular “Paul bomb,” The Rock’s music hit and The Great One stormed into the arena, having circumnavigated the authorities by purchasing a ticket and fulfilling his promise earlier in the evening to address The People. And address them he did, showering Heyman with his signature insults and whipping the WWE Universe into a frenzy before dismissing The Mad Scientist from the ring.

Rock then turned his attention to CM Punk and their title match Sunday at the Royal Rumble, vowing once again to fulfill his prophecy to become champion again. As he wrapped up his address, though, disaster struck in the form of The Shield, who cut the lights in the arena and ambushed The Brahma Bull under cover of darkness. By the time power was restored, The People’s Champion was helpless under Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns’ boots, finally falling to the triple powerbomb in The Shield’s biggest — and potentially, most game-changing — statement yet.

With Rock down, Punk seized the mic one more time and gave a prediction of his own for the Royal Rumble: Come Sunday, The Rock will realize “The Great One just wasn’t great enough to beat The Best in the World.”

The incident still drew no conclusive connection between Punk and The Shield, but WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon issued an edict to The Straight Edge Superstar backstage all the same: That if The Shield interfered in Punk and Rock's WWE Title Match at the Royal Rumble, Punk would be stripped of his title.

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