In the WWE, there is an unspoken and unwritten philosophy, “when things go array and to get the fire restarted, take the show back to its roots…Madison Square Garden.” If the 2006 Royal Rumble was the momentum killer, and the 2007 Royal Rumble was the defibrillator to bring some life back into it, then the 2008 Royal Rumble was the much needed adrenaline rush to get back on track. After a very dark 2nd half to 2007, the WWE quickly regenerated itself and took a much different direction to gear their brand toward a more family friendly direction. This was the change that was needed, may not have been too popular, but was definitely needed. What better way to bring light to this new direction, than to jump-start the new pay per view year with the Royal Rumble behind held at Madison Square Garden.
This Rumble had an absolutely stellar card of performances. Every match on this card was a “must see”. Making sure that every penny that was invested into this Rumble by the fans was more than worth it. The PPV started out with Ric Flair putting his career on the line against Montel Vontavious Porter. There was a heart stopping moment, when it looked as if MVP did beat Flair, but Flair grabbed the ropes in time and gained the victory. Edge would retain the World heavyweight Championship against Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton would retain the WWE Championship against Jeff Hardy. Two brilliant matches.
The Royal Rumble would once again have the 2000 Rumble feel to it, with the short aisle entrance which really is a characteristic in its own. Once again, this Rumble line up would be a generous mix between young talent of tomorrow (Miz, Morrison, Punk, etc) and veteran talents (Triple H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels). However, getting a revived sense of pay back for the 2005 Royal Rumble, John Cena would be the one to come out victorious and head to Wrestlemania 24
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports