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Royal Rumble 2009: Orton's Strategic Triumph and Legacy's Dominance

Date: January 25, 2009

Location: Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan

The Rumble Match:

Entrants and Eliminations:

1. Rey Mysterio (Entry #1, eliminated by Big Show)

2. John Morrison (Entry #2, eliminated by Triple H)

3. Carlito (Entry #3, eliminated by Vladimir Kozlov)

4. MVP (Entry #4, eliminated by Vladimir Kozlov)

5. The Great Khali (Entry #5, eliminated by Vladimir Kozlov)

6. Vladimir Kozlov (Entry #6, eliminated by Triple H)

7. Triple H (Entry #7, eliminated by Randy Orton)

8. Randy Orton (Entry #8, Winner)

9. JTG (Entry #9, eliminated by The Undertaker)

10. Ted DiBiase (Entry #10, eliminated by Triple H)

11. Chris Jericho (Entry #11, eliminated by The Undertaker)

12. Mike Knox (Entry #12, eliminated by Big Show)

13. The Miz (Entry #13, eliminated by Triple H)

14. Finlay (Entry #14, eliminated by Kane)

15. Cody Rhodes (Entry #15, eliminated by Triple H)

16. The Undertaker (Entry #16, eliminated by Big Show)

17. Goldust (Entry #17, eliminated by Cody Rhodes)

18. CM Punk (Entry #18, eliminated by Big Show)

19. Mark Henry (Entry #19, eliminated by The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio)

20. Shelton Benjamin (Entry #20, eliminated by The Undertaker)

21. William Regal (Entry #21, eliminated by CM Punk)

22. Kofi Kingston (Entry #22, eliminated by The Brian Kendrick)

23. Kane (Entry #23, eliminated by Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase)

24. R-Truth (Entry #24, eliminated by Big Show)

25. Rob Van Dam (Entry #25, eliminated by Chris Jericho)

26. The Brian Kendrick (Entry #26, eliminated by Triple H)

27. Dolph Ziggler (Entry #27, eliminated by Kane)

28. Santino Marella (Entry #28, eliminated by Kane)

29. Jim Duggan (Entry #29, eliminated by The Big Show)

30. The Big Show (Entry #30, eliminated by Randy Orton)

Thoughts on the Match:

Randy Orton's methodical and strategic approach led to a surprising victory, showcasing his leadership as the leader of Legacy.

Full Event Card:

1. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Paul Burchill (Jimmy Wang Yang wins)

2. Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship (Jack Swagger wins)

3. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix for the WWE Women's Championship (Melina wins)

3. John Cena vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the World Heavyweight Championship (John Cena retains)

4. Edge vs. Jeff Hardy for the WWE Championship (Edge wins)

5. The Royal Rumble Match (Winner: Randy Orton)

Highlights and Aftermath:

- Randy Orton's win established him as a cunning strategist, laying the groundwork for his championship pursuits.

- The Undertaker's elimination by Shawn Michaels set the stage for their iconic encounters in the coming years.

Impact on Storylines:

- Legacy's dominance and Randy Orton's victory hinted at a looming threat to the championship landscape.

- The continued rivalry between John Cena and John "Bradshaw" Layfield added intensity to the World Heavyweight Championship scene.


The 2009 Royal Rumble showcased strategic brilliance from Randy Orton and hinted at significant developments in the storylines leading to WrestleMania. Legacy's presence and the memorable moments contributed to an eventful night in Detroit.


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