OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2009 Review
The Road to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania began in style at the Motor City inside The Joe. Detroit, Michigan was the site of the 2009 WWE Royal Rumble. For the first time in years, the McMahon family were heavily involved in WWE storylines and Jeff Hardy was the new main event star on the block. But will there be any surprises that 2009 has to throw back at us again? We shall find out in the OSR with the Royal Rumble 2009 Review…
The opening promo looks at the various winners of the Royal Rumble throughout the years with some select omissions. It then looks at the heightened feud with Randy Orton and the McMahon’s going into the event. We then go straight to Michael Cole and The King who talk briefly about McMahon’s injuries and possible consequences for Randy. We then go inside the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. We quickly go to the ring for the first match.
1. ECW Championship: Jack Swagger (c) vs. Matt Hardy
Both competitors make their way out, with their history briefly alluded to but nothing more. Initially, Matt is in control but Swagger gains the momentum with some basic holds. Swagger eventually wins this painfully dull match with a version of a powerbomb.
Winner: Jack Swagger, to retain the ECW Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Women’s Championship: Beth Phoenix (c) (w/ Santino Marella) vs. Melina
Both ladies make their way to the ring, with it being initially back and forth. However, Beth uses her supreme power to dominate the match. This continues pretty much for the duration of the match, which sees Melina get the pinfall with a roll up in an average match with a good finish.
Winner: Melina, to capture the WWE Women’s Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield (w/ Shawn Michaels)
The history package shown looks at a “broke” HBK taking a job from JBL, aiding him on his mission to become World Champion. We go backstage to see JBL promise HBK a place in the Rumble if he is victorious this evening. The participants then make their way to the ring, along with HBK.
The match gets underway, with JBL seemingly unable to regain any momentum. Eventually, he does when he uses HBK as a decoy. This is all done with HBK remaining emotionless throughout. Cena fights back soon enough with a highly unconvincing take down, for a possible STFU attempt.
Cena soon locks in the STFU, with HBK toying with his conscience in order to aid JBL. The referee is soon taken out, allowing HBL to enter the ring. After toying a Sweet Chin Music on Cena, he ultimately nails JBL before then nailing a smug Cena. HBK then leaves, as JBL gets a near finish.
However, as both men make their way back to their feet, Cena is able to nail the AA to JBL to pick up the win. This match would have being dramatically worse had it not been for HBK. The match was still pretty mediocre at best.
Winner: John Cena, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Championship – No Disqualification: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Edge (w/ Chavo Guerrero)
The history package shown looks at the rise of Jeff professionally, but downturn personally and subsequent events with Edge leading to this match. Both men make their way to the ring, with Jeff receiving a cracking reaction. The match is soon underway with Jeff in control.
Edge uses a variety of devious tactics, with Chavo creating decoys to get the control of the match back. But the No DQ stipulation finally comes into play when Chavo interferes. He is sent through the announce table with a splash from Jeff, in a very nearly botched moment.
Jeff regains the momentum, and gains a series of near finishes – one of which is halted by Vickie Guerrero. Matt Hardy then makes his way out, looking to take out Edge. He then nails Jeff with a vicious chair shot to allow Edge the win in a slow starting but cracking ending match.
Winner: Edge, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
5. The 2009 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
A recycled promo for the Rumble is shown, looking at the various stats which have being accumulated throughout the years. We then return to the arena with the Number 1 entrant Rey Mysterio and Number 2 entrant John Morrison. The match soon enough gets underway.
The entrants continue at a regular pace, with Vladimir Kozlov making the initial eliminations. Vladimir himself is soon eliminated from the match by the Number 7 entrant, Triple H.
Entering at Number 16 is The Undertaker, who’s presence brings the match to a slight halt. Using his striker approach, he goes for everyone in the ring with the next notable entrant being CM Punk at Number 18. Eliminations are thin at this point, with 11 (I think) in the ring.
Kane soon makes his entrance to the ring, and aligns himself with his brother The Undertaker to take out several superstars. Entering at Number 25, Rob Van Dam makes a surprise return taking down various superstars with his educated feet.
The Brian Kendrick makes his entrance at Number 26, but is obliterated and eliminated by Triple H in 15 seconds. Santino Marella makes his entrance at Number 28, but is eliminated by Kane in 1 second. This sets the new record for the shortest amount of time in the Rumble.
The final entrant into the match is The Big Show. Jim Duggan attempts to slam him out of the match, but thrown out himself by Show for his trouble. The eliminations are now filtering in, with 14 superstars in the ring.
With The Undertaker and Big Show eliminated, the final four in the match are Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase Jr, Cody Rhodes and Triple H. Triple H soon eliminates Rhodes and DiBiase, but the distraction allows Randy Orton to eliminate him in a very entertaining match.
Winner: Randy Orton, last eliminating Triple H
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
So, the Royal Rumble 2009 Review, interesting maybe? Well, the under card on this event was interesting to say the least. The opening match between Jack Swagger and Matt Hardy was a painful opener for the event. The match itself was painfully dull and massively un-enjoyable. But it also shown one other thing. How much disregard that WWE Officials and Creative has for the Brand of ECW. To have something of this caliber was just ridiculous. The next match for the Women’s Championship, whilst the match was pretty average with nothing notable really taking place. It was the characterization of the finish which made it even more unique. That is what made it standout above everything else.
The first of the championship matches between John Cena and JBL was, in terms of match quality the absolute pits. It was the presence of Shawn Michaels at ringside, and the character he portrayed which made it stand out even more. Had it not being for the presence of HBK, then this match would have being a complete washout. The match between Edge and Jeff Hardy got better as it continued. To begin with it was very uninspiring, and frankly shocking at how poor it was. The match got much better when they began using the stipulation to their advantage. The finish of the match enabled direction to be taken going ahead to WrestleMania.
The Rumble match itself was booked very well throughout, and maintained a nice consistent flow throughout to maintain the interest. The performances from the superstars were very strong and show what they can actually achieve if they put their mind to it. This is definitely worth watching for 9.99 on the WWE Network. So worth it.
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