Royal Rumble 2008 News Archive

The Return of Hustle, Loyalty, Respect

NEW YORK -- As John Cena's surprise entry -- and even more stunning win -- in the Royal Rumble Match tonight proved, you can't keep a good "Champ" down, even if he doesn't have gold around his waist.

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WWE Mobile on AT&T exclusive video

When John Cena tore his pectoral muscle last fall, the belief was that he could be out of action for up to a year. But just four months after that injury forced him to relinquish the WWE Championship, Cena shocked the world at Royal Rumble. Entering the Royal Rumble Match at No. 30, "The Champ" won the match and a championship opportunity at WrestleMania XXIV. Right now, you can see what a jubilant Cena had to say to Todd Grisham after the victory, exclusively on WWE Mobile on AT&T.

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Randy Orton def. Jeff Hardy (Orton retains WWE Championship)

NEW YORK -- Before their title match tonight at Royal Rumble, some critics believed that fate -- especially a Twist of Fate -- was on Jeff Hardy's side and working against WWE Champion Randy Orton. After all, Orton's personal head games, which had arguably defeated other opponents before they even stepped into the ring, had not worked on the Intercontinental Champion, who had left him facedown and even sent him to the emergency room in recent weeks.

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JBL def. Chris Jericho (Disqualification)

NEW YORK - Even the vast confines of Madison Square Garden could barely contain the hard feelings built up between Chris Jericho and JBL. The personal hostility between the two exploded in a bloody battle Sunday night at Royal Rumble, with the Lonestar Loudmouth taking the brunt of the shrapnel, but emerging victorious nonetheless.

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Ric Flair def. United States Champion MVP (Career Threatening Match)

NEW YORK-- With his livelihood on the line in a Career Threatening Match, Ric Flair found a way to win and keep his career going Sunday night at Royal Rumble. When MVP thought he had snatched victory and forced Flair into retirement, the referee ruled that the match would continue, giving new life to "Naitch," leading him to the victory via his legendary Figure Four Leglock.

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John Cena wins the Royal Rumble Match

NEW YORK -- John Cena is back, and after a quick stop on Broadway for the Royal Rumble, "The Champ's" return tour is headed to the grandest stage in sports-entertainment after he outlasted 29 other Superstars to win the 2008 Royal Rumble Match.

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Edge def. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Championship Match)

The family that stays together -- and cheats together -- once again won together at the Royal Rumble, as Vickie Guerrero's involvement enabled Edge to defeat Rey Mysterio and escape Madison Square Garden with the World Heavyweight Title still slung over his fortunate shoulder.

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Flair's final Rumble?

"Diamonds are forever, and so is Ric Flair! WOOOOOO!" -Ric Flair in one of his first WWE interviews, from the Nov. 1991 WWE Magazine When the "Nature Boy" uttered that quote shortly after entering WWE for the first time, he was just weeks away from his first Royal Rumble experience. Sixteen years and several illustrious chapters to his career later, Flair faces what could be his final Rumble this Sunday at MSG, when he meets MVP in a Career Threatening Match.

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Putting the V in 'Cloverfield'

When self-proclaimed "rational" people exit the theaters after seeing Cloverfield, they assure themselves that monsters -- especially enormous, grotesque, inhuman abominations -- don't exist. But our fans know better. On Sunday, residents of New York will learn the truth as well when a real monster in Big Daddy V invades Manhattan for the Royal Rumble Match.

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Family ties

On ECW on Sci Fi, the newly forged "Guerrero family" drew more gold into its opportunistic camp with Chavo's ECW Title snare, proving that -- as stated by SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero -- the "family that stays together, wins together." In addition to the World Heavyweight Champion and the new ECW Champion, this familial faction also boasts the manipulative GM of Friday nights -- not to mention their extended family of sorts in Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

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