The Royal Rumblehappens to be the first WWE PPV to begin a new year, and it sometimes sets the tone for a good portion of that year. This particular event began a couple of new story lines with the Age of Orton being the most notable, along with the great betrayal that would continue into Wrestlemania and Backlash of that year. Plus, the event continued a couple of angles; such as Randy Orton's attack on Vince McMahon, to include, the business deal between Shawn Michaels and JBL. Overall, 2009's Royal Rumble was still a solid event with some good action, and the return of an old face.
1-ECW Championship Match Jack Swagger(C) vs. Matt Hardy
This was Swagger's ppv debut, and it resulted in a solid opening match. The announcers were quick to mention that Hardy lost the belt to Swagger weeks before this. They started out at a nice pace with Swagger attempting to counter Hardy's brawling style with his grappling. Swagger worked over Hardy's shoulder with the intention to eliminate the "Twist of Fate" finisher. The chemistry was pretty good, in which it set up a believable ending, and one guy came out looking a little better than he went in. 3.5/5
2-WWE Women's Championship Beth Phoenix(C) w/Santino Marella vs. Melina
These two put together some solid matches back in 08, with their "I Quit" match of One Night Stand 08being the standout. Therefore, I actually had high expectations coming in. Sadly, this match suffered from some botched spots. But there actually was a story being told here, with Melina trying to counter Beth's strength with desperation moves. The match was solid for a women's bout and it had a good ending. Overall, I think this match is a bit under appreciated. 3.25/5
3-World Heavyweight Championship John Cena(C) vs. JBL w/Shawn Michaels
Someone must have finally realized that JBL and Cena's "I Quit" match of Judgment Day 05 was a freak occurrence. Since Shawn Michaels was added into the mix with a good story behind it. The wrestling itself was not all that, even when it's compared to a majority of their earlier bouts. It mainly consisted of Cena being dominated as always, until he eventually hits his trademark moves, but the focus was mainly on Michaels predictable injection to the match when the ref was finally ko'ed. The match was well worked, but it was mainly meant to put over the storyline between JBL and Michaels, which would eventually carry over into the following ppv. 3.25/5
4-WWE Championship Match Jeff Hardy(C) vs. Edge
Before the match began, Vickie would appear on the microphone to change the match into no Disqualification. When looking at the track records of the two going into this. It could only result in being a good thing, and a good thing it was. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations, because I knew these two were capable of much more in this environment.
These two got a good amount of time to deliver a solid bout with some nice spots, but I don't believe the no DQ rule was used to its full effect, and it was hard to believe some of the selling going on to set up the high spots. These two would go on to deliver a better match than this, but the real story here was the outcome itself. It began a new feud that carried on beyond Wrestlemania 25. This was a decent bout that could have been way better. Good thing this didn't close the show. 3.75/5
5-Thirty Man Royal Rumble Match
Rules: -2 superstars will begin the match
-After two minutes a superstar will enter. Then every minute a new superstar will enter
-Eliminations can only occur when a superstar goes over the top rope, and both feet touch the ground
-The last man left in the ring will be declared the winner, and is guaranteed a title shot at the following Wrestlemania
Far better than 2008's Rumble for sure. The Royal Rumble has been known to deliver a few surprises and memorable moments once in a while. In 09, it came through on the delivery and it was very well booked. The quick paced superstars got a good amount of time to keep the match very entertaining, with some nice spots here and there.
The bigger superstars such as The Great Khali was a perfect fit, and he didn't ruin the pace of the match at all. In fact, his timing in the match couldn't have been better. I feel all of the big men who made their appearances did a good job, and the ones who can actually go, spent a good amount of time in the match.
There were plenty of near eliminations and good spots that also featured Shelton Benjamin doing what he does best. Plus, there were some funny moments such as Santino's quick elimination, and look out for Kane breaking character because he couldn't control his laughter. This match also featured the return of an ECWoriginal, in which he may have gotten the biggest "pop" out of all the superstars in the match. The real story here though, was the big push given to Legacy. This huge push established them as a legit unit. Overall, this was a very good rumble and I was happy with the outcome, but in all honesty, I think a lot of people saw that coming. 4.25/5
Looking back, I think WWE handled some of the story lines well and others could have been better, but since this event is considered one of the big four. I think fans should definitely give it a shot for that alone. At the very least, I think this event is worth a rental. The following event No Way Out 09 was a very good follow up, and to me, it was the best event of 09.
Pros: -Rumble match, Edge vs. Jeff Hardy, new storyline developments
Cons: -The rest of the card is pretty much average.
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2009 1.[ECW TITLE] JACK SWAGGER VS MATT HARDY-we start out with a really good opener that was for the now gone ECW title. Swagger of course wanted to make this a mat based contest working on Matt's arm. Hardy however tried turning this into more of a fight with more high impact blows and fists. Matt controlled most of the first half of the match but his arm was too worked over in the process. Swagger would retain … more
Over all this was a good event with a few missteps but it was a good Rumble event for sure. Of course I loved HBK being apart of this show in the way that he was, it added so much to that match. Also the Rumble was great as always. I recommend picking this up with the two pack with the 2010 Rumble as well. Special features include an exclusive interview with RVD after he was eliminated and Legacy on RAW.
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 ...