WWE Royal Rumble 2008: The Royal Rumble Match in 720p HD
If you are a fan of WWE, you probably remember the 2008 Royal Rumble match, one of the most exciting and unpredictable matches in WWE history. The Royal Rumble match is a 30-man elimination match, where the winner gets a title shot at WrestleMania. The 2008 Royal Rumble match was held at Madison Square Garden in New York, and featured wrestlers from Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.
The match had many memorable moments, such as John Cena's surprise return from injury as the 30th entrant, Triple H's domination of the match with six eliminations, and the final showdown between Cena and Triple H. The match also had some unexpected appearances, such as Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper, who entered as the 18th and 19th entrants respectively, and had a brief nostalgia-filled brawl before being eliminated by Kane. Another surprise entrant was Mick Foley, who entered as the 24th entrant and eliminated Mr. Kennedy with a mandible claw.
The match lasted for 51 minutes and 26 seconds, and was won by John Cena, who eliminated Triple H with an FU. Cena became the first person to win the Royal Rumble match from the 30th spot, and earned a WWE Championship match against Randy Orton at No Way Out. The match was praised by critics and fans alike, and was voted as the Match of the Year by WWE.com readers.
If you want to relive this epic match, you can watch it in 720p HD on YouTube[^1^]. You will not regret it!
But the Royal Rumble match was not the only highlight of the night. The event also featured four other matches that showcased the best of WWE's talent and storytelling. Here are some of the highlights of those matches:
Career Threatening Match: Ric Flair vs. Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP). The legendary Ric Flair put his career on the line against the cocky MVP, who wanted to end Flair's legacy. Flair showed his resilience and experience, and managed to lock in his signature Figure Four Leglock on MVP, forcing him to tap out. Flair's career was saved, and he celebrated with the fans at Madison Square Garden. [^2^]
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) vs. Chris Jericho. This match was a result of JBL's brutal attack on Jericho at Armageddon, where he cost him the WWE Championship. Jericho wanted revenge, and he took it out on JBL with a steel chair, causing a disqualification. Jericho continued to assault JBL after the match, until he was pulled away by referees. [^2^]
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Rey Mysterio. Edge defended his title against Mysterio, who won a Beat The Clock Challenge to earn the opportunity. Mysterio used his speed and agility to counter Edge's power and cunning, and came close to winning several times. However, Edge had an ace up his sleeve: his girlfriend Vickie Guerrero, who interfered on his behalf and distracted the referee. Edge took advantage of this and hit Mysterio with a spear to retain his title. [^2^]
WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Jeff Hardy. Orton faced Hardy, who had been on a roll since winning the Intercontinental Championship and defeating Triple H in a number one contender's match. Hardy had also been a victim of Orton's attacks, as Orton tried to injure him before their match. Hardy showed his determination and courage, and gave Orton a tough fight. He even hit Orton with a Swanton Bomb from the top of the entrance stage on Raw before their match. However, Orton proved why he was the champion, and caught Hardy with an RKO out of nowhere to retain his title. [^2^]
WWE Royal Rumble 2008 was a memorable event that delivered action, drama, and surprises. It set the stage for WrestleMania XXIV, where John Cena would challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, Edge would face The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship, and Ric Flair would continue his career-threatening journey against Shawn Michaels. 248dff8e21