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WWE Royal Rumble Results – January 25, 2009

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Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan
Report by: Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld.com

Jimmy Wang Yang b. Paul Burchill in a dark match prior to tonight’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The opening video package is now running on pay-per-view. The piece shows footage from past Royal Rumble pay-per-views. We’re live on pay-per-view with Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole in somber voices, selling Randy Orton’s ‘attack’ on Vince McMahon. Michael Cole says despite the injuries sustained, the show will go on. Now with the typical opening we hear the official Royal Rumble theme song with Michael Cole giving us the formal welcome. 16,685 is the announced attendance. The Road to WrestleMania 25 starts tonight! Michael Cole and Matt Striker on commentary as they’re opening with the ECW Championship match.

Jack Swagger (c) vs. Matt Hardy
ECW Championship Match

Tony Chimmel does the formal in-ring introductions. Matt Hardy, the challenger, Jack Swagger the Champion. The crowd is heavily behind Hardy with loud ‘Hardy’ chants. The opening bell rings and we’re underway. Hardy and Swagger lockup, both trying to gain leverage on the other. Hardy gets Swagger into the corner, the referee warns him. Lots of heat for Swagger. Swagger counters Hardy, back him into the turnbuckles. Hardy counters with a right hand on Jack Swagger, knocking him to the mat. Swagger finally goes to the outside to regroup. Matt Hardy goes to the outside and connects with a right hand on Swagger. Hardy roles the Challenger back in. Hardy takes Swagger down in the ring. Again, Swagger retreats to the outside of the ring, this time the side near the ramp. Swagger gets back in, loud ‘Hardy’ chants continue. Jack applies a submission maneuver on Hardy on the mat. Matt gets back to vertical base, but Swagger quickly takes him back to the mat. Another submission hold from Swagger. Hardy again gets back to his feet. Hardy backs Swagger down with elbows, he goes for the Twist of Fate but Swagger counters. Hardy connects with boots to the jaw on Swagger in the corner. Bulldog from Hardy and a two count on the Champion.

Hardy gets on the top rope, Swagger pushes him to the outside. Swagger follows Hardy. Jack roles him back in where the action continues. Swagger takes Hardy down to the mat then throws him off the ropes. Cover from Jack for a two count. Swagger has another submission hold on Hardy but Hardy gets back to a vertical base. Right hands from Swagger as the hold is broken. They exchange blows in the corner. Swagger hits Hardy with a big clothesline and a two count. Swagger applies another submission hold on Hardy. Swagger picks him up by his arm and slams him to the mat. Swagger continues to work the left arm of Matt Hardy. Hardy counters with a clothesline. Hardy hits two more and another move before getting a two count on Swagger. Hardy sends Swagger into the corner and ends up getting another bulldog. Two count for Hardy on Swagger. Matt Hardy gets on the middle rope, elbow to the back of Swagger. Yet another two count. Hardy pumps up the crowd as he goes for Twist of Fate. Swagger hits a belly-to-belly suplex and a two count on the Challenger. Hardy tries to superplex Swagger but Swagger counters and gets another near fall. Swagger bounces Hardy’s head off the top turnbuckle then sets him up on it. Swagger and Hardy work from the middle rope with Hardy sitting on the top rope. Moonsault from Hardy onto Swagger for a two count.

Swagger hits Hardy with elbows to the back of the head before throwing him into the corner where he hits his head on the steel ring post. Swagger hits the Gutwrench Powerbomb for the three count.

Winner & still ECW Champion – Jack Swagger

Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Melina
WWE Women’s Championship Match

The following match is for the WWE Women’s Championship. Melina, the challenger, comes out first. Beth Phoenix, the WWE Women’s Champion, comes out next with Santino Marella. The bell rings and the match is underway. The two lockup as Beth shows her clear strength advantage. Melina applies a side headlock but Beth counters out. Bear hug from Beth Phoenix on Melina. Crowd is hot for Melina. Melina hits Beth in the face with elbows then goes off the ropes. Dropkick from Melina. Beth counters with a shoulder block off the ropes. Impressive arm bar take down from Melina but Beth ends up countering. Beth is on her feet, Melina in the corner. Beth runs into Melina, slamming her face off the turnbuckle. Beth gets a two count on Melina. Beth pulls Melina to the center of the ring and applies a leg submission.

The referee checks for submission as Melina reaches for the ropes. Beth bends Melina’s leg back so far that it bounces off her head. Beth uses Melina’s own leg to kick her in the head. The referee breaks up the hold as Melina tries to gain offense. Beth’s power is too much as she takes down Melina for another two count. Beth lifts Melina above her head for a gorilla press slam, Melina counters before Beth can drop her down. Melina hits right hands then goes off the ropes. Beth lifts her up but Melina rolls through. Two count for Melina followed by a drop toe hold. Melina puts her legs to the back of Beth Phoenix as she gets a two count. Melina goes off the middle rope onto Beth. Beth had her knees up, but Melina counters when Beth comes over to her. Beth counters and hits Melina with a chop. Beth attempts her finisher but Melina counters and rolls Beth up to win the belt.

Winner & new WWE Women’s Champion – Melina

John Cena (c) vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield
World Heavyweight Championship Match

Lilian Garcia is in the ring as she announces the forthcoming match for the World Heavyweight Championship. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield’s music plays as he walks out with Shawn Michaels. No limousine. Lilian does the formal in-ring introductions. JBL, the challenger, John Cena, the champion. The bell rings and the match is underway. JBL looks at Shawn Michaels before circling the ring with Cena. Cena takes JBL down to the mat first with a sideheadlock take down. JBL reverses the hold on Cena on the mat. Cena gets back to his feet in the side headlock from JBL. JBL goes off the ropes and hits a shoulder block. Cena takes JBL down to the mat and gets a two count. JBL goes to the outside to regroup. JBL whispers in Shawn Michaels’ ear on the outside. Bradshaw gets back in and hammers away at Cena. He backs him into the corner, Mike Chioda orders him out. JBL takes Cena down. Cena gets back to his feet and lands some offense on the challenger. Two count from Cena.

The action is on the outside as JBL is banging Cena’s head off the steel ring steps. JBL rolls him back in the ring and gets a two count. We go to a replay of JBL taking Cena down on the outside. Big clothesline from JBL on Cena, he gets a two count. Several elbow drops from JBL on the World Champion. Two count for JBL. JBL locks Cena in a submission hold on the mat. The hold is working the neck of Cena. Cena is able to get back to the vertical base as he goes off the ropes. JBL counters with a slam and gets a two count. JBL ends up taking Cena out of the ring. Mike Chioda starts to count Cena out. JBL jumps out of the ring and pulls Cena towards the ring. Cena resists but JBL sends him head first into the steel ring steps. The referee starts to count them both out. JBL rolls Cena back in at 7. Cena kicks out of another two count. JBL works with the champion in the corner. Right hand from JBL followed by another. JBL assaults Cena in the corner, Michaels is just standing at ringside stone faced. JBL sits Cena on the top turnbuckle and delivers more stiff right hands.

JBL gets on the middle rope and goes for a superplex. Cena counters with right hands of his own. JBL hits the mat as Cena is dazed on the top rope. Cena goes off and connects with a legdrop to the back of the neck of JBL. Two count. Cena sets JBL up in the corner, JBL counters with a boot. Cena tackles Bradshaw who is trying to counter and bangs his head off the turnbuckles. Shoulder block from Cena followed by a back body drop. Crowd is split on Cena as he signals the five knuckle shuffle. Off the ropes Cena lands it. Cena goes for the FU but Bradshaw counters. Cena catches JBL in a drop toe hold, then locks in the STF. JBL gets out as Cena is distracted with Michaels on the outside. JBL ends up knocking Cena off the apron onto the outside. Cena yells at Michaels as he gets back in and eats the clothesline from hell. Two count for JBL on the champion.

Cena is down in the ring, JBL looks frustrated, staring at Michaels. JBL tries to pull Cena up but Cena goes for the FU. The referee is knocked out of the ring as Cena takes out JBL. Both men are down. Shawn Michaels gets in the ring. Michaels stares at both JBL and Cena who are down in the ring. Cena has one hand on the bottom rope. JBL gets up, Cena gets back up, and Michaels gives JBL Sweet Chin Music. The crowd erupts as Cena looks stunned. Another one for Cena as Michaels hits him with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels drapes JBL’s arm over Cena and calls for the referee. Michaels walks to the back. Another referee comes out and counts a two count on Cena. Michaels has left ringside, the match is still ongoing. Both men get back up in the ring as Cena gets Bradshaw up for the FU, he hits it and retains the championship.

Winner & still World Heavyweight Champion – John Cena

Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Edge
WWE Championship Match

The upcoming match is for the WWE Championship. Justin Roberts is the ring announcer. Hardy comes out to a big ovation as he is in full black and white face paint. Vickie Guerrero comes out on the mic… EXCUSE ME. Lots of heat on Vickie. She tells Jeff to not even think of getting out of this match by getting disqualified. She says that she has changed the match to no-disqualification. Vickie introduces who she calls the next WWE Champion… Edge. Edge comes out with Chavo Guerrero. Justin Roberts does the formal in-ring introductions for this no-DQ WWE Championship match. Edge, the challenger, Jeff Hardy, the champion.

The bell rings as Jeff Hardy works Edge over in the corner. Hardy bangs Edge’s head off the turnbuckle. Hardy hits Edge with right hands. Hardy kicks Edge in the midsection, follows with a body block off the ropes. Hardy whips Edge off the ropes but Edge grabs them and goes to the outside. Hardy chases him around but Edge gets back in. Hardy grabs a chair but Edge kicks the chair out of his hand when he tries to get in the ring. Edge gains control on Jeff Hardy in the ring, connecting with stiff right hands. Edge’s face bangs off the top turnbuckle as Hardy counters when he is thrown into the corner. Scoop slam from Jeff onto Edge. Edge counters with clubbing blows on the WWE Champion. Edge bounces Hardy’s head off the top turnbuckle. Edge ends up getting thrown out, Hardy goes for a suicide dive but Edge moves, Hardy stops and goes off the apron onto Edge. Hardy is knocked off the apron by Edge when he leaves his feet. Edge goes off the ropes and hits a baseball slide on the WWE Champion who was standing on the outside. Edge goes to the outside to work him over. Edge throws Jeff Hardy into the security wall. Edge picks Hardy up on the outside. He bounces his head off the SmackDown announce table, then the Raw announce table, then the ECW announce table! Edge rolls Hardy into the ring.

Edge goes for a quick cover, he gets a two count on Jeff Hardy. Edge kicks Jeff in the ribs, driving the air out of Jeff Hardy. Edge whips Hardy coast-to-coast from corner to corner. Hardy melts in the corner as Edge slows into his next move. Right hand from Edge as he attempts a Spear after pushing Jeff out, but Jeff counters for a two count. Edge counters again and gets a two count for himself. Edge has Hardy by the waist on the mat. Jeff gets back to a vertical base and tries to fight out of the hold. He uses elbows to back Edge down but Edge grabs Hardy by the hair and takes him to the mat. Hardy counters and takes Edge down to the mat. Hardy goes to the top but Edge meets him there with right hands. Edge climbs up, Hardy pushes him off. Hardy goes back to the top but Edge connects with a dropkick as he goes off. Two count for Edge on the WWE Champion. Edge goes to the outside. Edge grabs two chairs, he gets on the apron, but Hardy spears him off. Edge is down on the outside. Hardy goes over the top rope to the outside on Edge. Hardy rolls Edge back into the ring. Hardy gets assaulted when he gets back to the apron. Edge works with Hardy on the apron, Hardy hits the Twist of Fate off the ring apron. Both are down on the outside.

Jeff Hardy bounces Edge’s head off the SmackDown announce table then the Raw announce table. Hardy takes apart the Raw announce table, removing the monitors. Hardy goes under the ring and gets a ladder. Hardy sets up the ladder in front of the announce tables. Hardy sets Edge up on the broken down Raw announce table. Hardy climbs the ladder, Chavo Guerrero climbs up the other side. Hardy fights him off but Edge gets out of the way. Hardy goes off onto Chavo. Jeff throws Edge into the steel ring post, then Chavo into the stairs. Jeff has Chavo on the broken down Raw announce table as he goes off the ladder as it collapses onto Chavo through the table. Insane spot as it looked like Hardy lost his balance. Jeff takes out Edge with a dropkick to the ribs. Hardy rolls Edge back in. Hardy goes to the top, he hits a cross-body and gets a two count. Edge counters on Hardy, then removes the turnbuckle cover on one of the top turnbuckles. Edge hobbles over to Hardy and grabs him by the hair. Hardy blocks the attempt and hits Whisper in the Wind. Two count for Jeff on Edge. Hardy attempts Twist of Fate but Edge counters with a DDT. Two count for Edge. Edge pulls Jeff Hardy close to one of the corners. He gets up on the middle rope and goes off, Jeff gets hit feet up. Jeff ends up rolling Edge up in an inside cradle for a long two count. Facebuster suplex from Hardy on Edge. Hardy goes to the top but Edge tries to get out of the ring. Hardy stops him but Edge counters and bounces Hardy’s face off the exposed turnbuckle. Two count for Edge. Edge sizes Hardy up, trying to get him to get up. Hardy gets up, Edge goes for the knockout Spear but Hardy counters with a Twist of Fate. Hardy gets on the apron, trying to get to the top rope. Vickie Guerrero comes out and tries to pull Jeff off, he kicks her away. Swanton Bomb from Jeff Hardy onto Edge. Crowd is on fire as Hardy crawls to Edge. Vickie pulls the referee out during the count.

Matt Hardy comes out and rolls Vickie into the ring. Matt has a chair that he gives to Jeff. Hardy goes for the chair shot but Matt stops him. Matt has a chair, time for a Con-Chair-Toe. Matt hits Jeff with a chairshot in the ring, taking him out. Edge covers Jeff for the three count and the win, new champion.

Winner & new WWE Champion – Edge

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Confirmed participants: Finlay, Mark Henry, CM Punk, R-Truth, Carlito, The Brian Kendrick, Triple H, Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov, Shelton Benjamin, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, John Morrison, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Santino Marella, and Kane.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Confirmed participants: Finlay, Mark Henry, CM Punk, R-Truth, Carlito, The Brian Kendrick, Triple H, Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov, Shelton Benjamin, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, John Morrison, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Santino Marella, and Kane.

Entrants:

1) Rey Mysterio
2) John Morrison
3) Carlito
4) MVP
5) The Great Khali
6) Vladimir Kozlov
7) Triple H
8) Randy Orton
9) JTG
10) Ted DiBiase
11) Chris Jericho
12) Mike Knox
13) The Miz
14) Finlay
15) Cody Rhodes
16) The Undertaker
17) Goldust
18) CM Punk
19) Mark Henry
20) Shelton Benjamin
21) William Regal
22) Kofi Kingston
23) Kane
24) R-Truth
25) RVD
26) The Brian Kendrick
27) Dolph Ziggler
28) Santino Marella
29) Hacksaw Jim Duggan
30) The Big Show

Eliminations:

1) Vladimir Kozlov eliminates The Great Khali
2) Vladimir Kozlov eliminates MVP
3) Vladimir Kozlov eliminates Carlito
4) Triple H eliminates Vladimir Kozlov
5) Triple H eliminates The Miz
6) Triple H eliminates John Morrison
7) The Undertaker eliminates JTG
8) Cody Rhodes eliminates Goldust
9) Rey Mysterio eliminates Mark Henry
10) The Undertaker eliminates Shelton Benjamin
11) CM Punk eliminates William Regal
12) The Brian Kendrick eliminates Kofi Kingston
13) Triple H eliminates The Brian Kendrick
14) Kane eliminates Dolph Ziggler
15) Kane eliminates Santino Marella
16) The Big Show eliminates Hacksaw Jim Duggan
17) The Big Show eliminates R-Truth
18) The Big Show eliminates CM Punk
19) Rey Mysterio is eliminated
20) Mike Knox is eliminated
21) Kane eliminates Finlay
22) Chris Jericho eliminates RVD
23) The Undertaker eliminates Chris Jericho
24) The Legacy eliminates Kane
25) Randy Orton eliminates The Big Show
26) The Big Show eliminates The Undertaker from the outside
27) Triple H eliminates Ted DiBiase
28) Triple H eliminates Cody Rhodes
29) Randy Orton eliminates Triple H

Winner: Randy Orton

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