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Coming into the Royal Rumble, Edge proclaimed that he would not be a transitional champion. Unfortunately for the Rated R Superstar, his 15 minutes of fame lasted exactly three weeks, and John Cena was the one who walked out of the Royal Rumble as WWE Champion.

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Only twice in history has the man who drew No. 1 gone on to win the Royal Rumble; never, however, had the man who started with him at No. 2 gone on to be victorious. In the 19th edition of the Rumble, that benchmark fell by the wayside, as No. 2 entrant Rey Mysterio went the distance to claim the main event of WrestleMania 22.

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Heading into the Royal Rumble, some questioned whether Trish Stratus would be able to fairly officiate the match between Ashley and Mickie James. Prior to the match, Mickie told Trish that she loved her, catching Trish off guard and furthering the dilemma. In the end, Trish was impartial, and Mickie James was the one who walked out victorious.

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At the Royal Rumble, Kid Kash was slated to face five former Cruiserweight Champions in an Open Invitational Match. While he may have had a battle plan for Funaki, Nunzio, Jamie Noble and Paul London, the announcement of RAW's Gregory Helms as the final participant caught everyone off guard

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Kid Kash:

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is new WWE Champion John Cena:

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Gregory Helms:

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Rey Mysterio:

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Ashley:

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Our guest on WWE Instant Access is JBL:

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Perhaps no WWE Legend personifies an event such as the Royal Rumble like "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Not only was Duggan famous for his brawling, rumble-like style of fighting, but he was also WWE royalty at one point when he was the King of Wrestling. Duggan is no stranger to the Royal Rumble, as he was crowned the winner of the first-ever Royal Rumble in 1988.

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"The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart has managed dozens of WWE Superstars over the years, including several at the first ever Royal Rumble in 1988. With his bright and colorful jackets and his trademark megaphone, this WWE Hall of Famer accompanied the likes of Hulk Hogan, Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation. In fact, he managed the first-ever entrant in Royal Rumble history - Bret "Hit Man" Hart.

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Synonymous with the words "It is now time for the Royal Rumble Match," legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel is no stranger to the event. This week, WWE.com caught up with "The Fink" to get his picks for the 19th annual edition of the Rumble.

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Hardcore Legend Mick Foley has tangled with many of this year's Royal Rumble participants. And as a three-time WWE Champion, Foley knows what it's like to battle on the big pay-per-view stage with it all on the line. So, WWE.com contacted Foley at his home to get his unique perspective on this year's Royal Rumble matches:

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Throughout his WWE career, Chris Jericho has participated in many a Royal Rumble Match. Y2J took time before heading back to the U.K. with his band Fozzy give his thoughts on this Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

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When you need a thinking man's approach to Royal Rumble Match picks, there's no better person ask than Harvard graduate Christopher Nowinski. So, WWE.com caught up with him to get his take on this year's big pay-per-view matches.

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Kevin Nash is one of the most successful big men in sports-entertainment history. But his career didn't start to really take off until the Royal Rumble in 1994. Diesel opened up everyone's eyes as to what kind of monster he could be when he recorded seven eliminations in succession.

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On the eve of the Royal Rumble, WWE.com caught up with Mr. Kennedy to get his predictions for the event. But be warned; just because his body isn't 100 percet doesn't mean that his confidence and arrogance have diminished at all.

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A veteran of a half-dozen Royal Rumble Matches, Ron Simmons knows what it takes to do well in the 30-man free for all. This week, WWE.com caught up with Ron to get his thoughts on this year's event.

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WWE.com columnist and reality TV standout Mike "The Miz" Mizanin was happy to provide a reality check when it comes to this year's Royal Rumble matches:

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Synonymous with the words "It is now time for the Royal Rumble Match," legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel is no stranger to the event. This week, WWE.com caught up with "The Fink" to get his picks for the 19th annual edition of the Rumble.

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Coming into the Royal Rumble, the Boogeyman clearly held a psychological advantage of JBL. And when the smoke cleared, he held something infinitely more impressive: a victory.

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Before the Royal Rumble, Mark Henry said that neither strength nor speed nor technical ability could beat him. However, at the end of the Royal Rumble, it was a little bit of chicanery that helped Kurt Angle defeat Henry to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

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John Cena def. Edge (new WWE Champion)

Coming into the Royal Rumble, Edge proclaimed that he would not be a transitional champion. Unfortunately for the Rated R Superstar, his 15 minutes of fame lasted exactly three weeks, and John Cena was the one who walked out of the Royal Rumble as WWE Champion.

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The 2006 Royal Rumble Match

Only twice in history has the man who drew No. 1 gone on to win the Royal Rumble; never, however, had the man who started with him at No. 2 gone on to be victorious. In the 19th edition of the Rumble, that benchmark fell by the wayside, as No. 2 entrant Rey Mysterio went the distance to claim the main event of WrestleMania 22.

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Mickie James def. Ashley with Trish Stratus as special guest referee

Heading into the Royal Rumble, some questioned whether Trish Stratus would be able to fairly officiate the match between Ashley and Mickie James. Prior to the match, Mickie told Trish that she loved her, catching Trish off guard and furthering the dilemma. In the end, Trish was impartial, and Mickie James was the one who walked out victorious.

Read Full Story»

Open Invitational Match for the Cruiserweight Championship

At the Royal Rumble, Kid Kash was slated to face five former Cruiserweight Champions in an Open Invitational Match. While he may have had a battle plan for Funaki, Nunzio, Jamie Noble and Paul London, the announcement of RAW's Gregory Helms as the final participant caught everyone off guard

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Kid Kash on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Kid Kash:

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John Cena on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is new WWE Champion John Cena:

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Gregory Helms on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Gregory Helms:

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Rey Mysterio on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Rey Mysterio:

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Ashley on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is Ashley:

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JBL on WWE Instant Access

Our guest on WWE Instant Access is JBL:

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Hacksaw Jim Duggan's Royal Rumble predictions

Perhaps no WWE Legend personifies an event such as the Royal Rumble like "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Not only was Duggan famous for his brawling, rumble-like style of fighting, but he was also WWE royalty at one point when he was the King of Wrestling. Duggan is no stranger to the Royal Rumble, as he was crowned the winner of the first-ever Royal Rumble in 1988.

Read Full Story»

Jimmy Hart's Royal Rumble predictions

"The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart has managed dozens of WWE Superstars over the years, including several at the first ever Royal Rumble in 1988. With his bright and colorful jackets and his trademark megaphone, this WWE Hall of Famer accompanied the likes of Hulk Hogan, Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation. In fact, he managed the first-ever entrant in Royal Rumble history - Bret "Hit Man" Hart.

Read Full Story»

Introducing...the man who drew No. 1!

Synonymous with the words "It is now time for the Royal Rumble Match," legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel is no stranger to the event. This week, WWE.com caught up with "The Fink" to get his picks for the 19th annual edition of the Rumble.

Read Full Story»

Mick Foley's Royal Rumble predictions

Hardcore Legend Mick Foley has tangled with many of this year's Royal Rumble participants. And as a three-time WWE Champion, Foley knows what it's like to battle on the big pay-per-view stage with it all on the line. So, WWE.com contacted Foley at his home to get his unique perspective on this year's Royal Rumble matches:

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Chris Jericho's Royal Rumble predictions

Throughout his WWE career, Chris Jericho has participated in many a Royal Rumble Match. Y2J took time before heading back to the U.K. with his band Fozzy give his thoughts on this Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Read Full Story»

Christopher Nowinski's Royal Rumble predictions

When you need a thinking man's approach to Royal Rumble Match picks, there's no better person ask than Harvard graduate Christopher Nowinski. So, WWE.com caught up with him to get his take on this year's big pay-per-view matches.

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Kevin Nash's Royal Rumble predictions

Kevin Nash is one of the most successful big men in sports-entertainment history. But his career didn't start to really take off until the Royal Rumble in 1994. Diesel opened up everyone's eyes as to what kind of monster he could be when he recorded seven eliminations in succession.

Read Full Story»

Mr. Kennedy is ready to rumble

On the eve of the Royal Rumble, WWE.com caught up with Mr. Kennedy to get his predictions for the event. But be warned; just because his body isn't 100 percet doesn't mean that his confidence and arrogance have diminished at all.

Read Full Story»

Ron Simmons weighs in on the Royal Rumble

A veteran of a half-dozen Royal Rumble Matches, Ron Simmons knows what it takes to do well in the 30-man free for all. This week, WWE.com caught up with Ron to get his thoughts on this year's event.

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Mike Mizanin's Royal Rumble predictions

WWE.com columnist and reality TV standout Mike "The Miz" Mizanin was happy to provide a reality check when it comes to this year's Royal Rumble matches:

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"Mean" Gene Okerlund's Royal Rumble Picks

Synonymous with the words "It is now time for the Royal Rumble Match," legendary WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel is no stranger to the event. This week, WWE.com caught up with "The Fink" to get his picks for the 19th annual edition of the Rumble.

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The Boogeyman def. JBL

Coming into the Royal Rumble, the Boogeyman clearly held a psychological advantage of JBL. And when the smoke cleared, he held something infinitely more impressive: a victory.

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World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle def. Mark Henry

Before the Royal Rumble, Mark Henry said that neither strength nor speed nor technical ability could beat him. However, at the end of the Royal Rumble, it was a little bit of chicanery that helped Kurt Angle defeat Henry to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

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