The History Making Element of the 2009 Royal Rumble

By Maurice D. Proffit
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Back in the 80s there was a prime time drama that would come on every week, called Miami Vice. Very popular show and cool to watch at its time. Besides seeing Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas getting the cute girl, one aspect of the show that was fun to see were the speedboats used when chasing the drug dealing bad guys. That speedboat was symbolic of the show in terms of its popularity and that speedboat can be paralleled with the steady momentum of going into the 2009 Royal Rumble.

This year’s winter classic was starting out strong with another solid, stacked card for the pay per view. Never done before, this years Rumble would have four Championships on the line in each under card match. Jack Swagger would defeat Matt Hardy to hold on to the ECW Championship. Melina capturing the Womens Championship from Beth Phoenix via pin fall. In a Wrestlemania 21 rematch, John Cena would defeat JBL to retain the WWE Championship with Shawn Michaels in JBL’s corner (against his wishes). And Edge would stand in triumph to win the World Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Hardy in a singles match.

The Royal Rumble this year would emulate from Detroit, Michigan.  The last time a major WWE PPV was in Detroit was for Wrestlemania 23 and if Mania 23 was any indicator of electricity, then then the Rumble pay per view would be on fire, and it delivered. The Tri-branded pay per view would be another mix between the youth, established and legends, but the youth and established would be the ones to eternally shine.

One of the biggest moments of the night would be the one night return of Rob Van Dam, in his home state. But it would take more than high flying to win this thing, as it would take a more cunning and methodical approach.  This would be the method used for the man to be declared the winner, Randy Orton. And Orton stood high and strong as he struck that iconic pose as the reining victor of the Rumble match.


Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports

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