John Cena's 50 greatest matches

#19 2008 Royal Rumble Match (Jan. 27, 2008)

On an Oct. 2007 edition of Raw, John Cena suffered a serious injury to his pectoral muscle, and had surgery the following day. With an estimated recovery time at seven months, Cena was stripped of the WWE Championship, ending a reign that was the longest since Hulk Hogan’s first reign ended nearly 10 years prior. Cena was put out of sight and out of mind by the fans, but Cena shocked everybody with his return.

At Madison Square Garden, Cena made a stunning appearance as the surprise No. 30 entrant in the Royal Rumble Match. This unprecedented recovery time of less than four months shocked even the knowledgeable New York City fans. Cena came face to face with Triple H, the bout’s original favorite, and eliminated The Game to win the contest and earn a spot in the WrestleMania main event. Cena broke the record of the shortest time a winner has competed in a Rumble Match at far less than nine minutes, completing a return that only be described as triumphant. (WATCH)