Royal Rumble (2009), a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), took place on January 25, 2009, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The 22nd event produced under the "Royal Rumble" name, it featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands. The card of the event featured five matches.
The main event, the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match, starred wrestlers from all the three WWE brands. Randy Orton, the eighth entrant, won the match by last eliminating Triple H, the seventh entrant. As a tradition, Orton received a World Championship match at WrestleMania XXV of his choice for the WWE, World Heavyweight, or ECW Championship. For the third straight year, there was an uneven distribution of participants in the Royal Rumble match among the brands (with fifteen from Raw, ten from SmackDown, four from ECW, and one special guest entrant).
The predominant match on the SmackDown brand consisted of a No Disqualification match between Jeff Hardy and Edge for Hardy's WWE Championship. Edge won with pinfall after Jeff's brother, Matt Hardy, interfered in the match and hit Jeff with a steel chair. The primary match on the Raw brand featured John Cena defending the World Heavyweight Championship against John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL): Cena won by pinfall after performing an Attitude Adjustment. The undercard consisted of Jack Swagger versus Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship and Beth Phoenix versus Melina for the WWE Women's Championship.
The event had 450,000 PPV buys, down on the Royal Rumble 2008 figure of 533,000 buys.