The 2004 Royal Rumble was special, because this was the time where the WWE has finally fully readjusted itself in its re-branding process since the acquisition of both WCW and ECW from 3 years ago. The transition process was a bit experimental, but after some hits and misses, the WWE had found its identify once again. This would be the Rumble to really showcase this new direction of the company in terms of where they are now and where they are headed into the future. This would ring true when you take a look at the card of matches and the structure of the rumble. However, due to events that would take place three years later, technically, the 2004 Royal Rumble never even happened.
This was the 2nd Rumble pay per view where both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship were on the line. Brock Lesnar would defeat Bob Holly to retain the WWE Championship (in what many fans felt was just a throwaway match). Triple H and Shawn Michaels wrestled to a draw in a fantastic last-man-standing match for the world heavyweight championship. This match may go down as one of the bet last-man-standing matchew of all time.
The Royal Rumble began with Smackdown‘s Chris Benoit entering the match as #1 against Raw‘s Randy Orton. Just with the first two entering the match, you can already see that this was going to be a rumble match that we as fans will never forget. Benoit would outlast the enter gauntlet of men to go the distance and win the 2004 Royal Rumble and, in addition, break a record to become the longest-lasting wrestler in rumble history at 1 hour and 1 min. However, due to the tragic events that took place in 2007 with Chris Benoit murdering his wife Nancy, son Daniel and himself, this Royal Rumble never is mentioned by the WWE.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports