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30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Rey Mysterio, who won the 2006 Royal Rumble, drew #1 (he drew #2 in 2006). John Morrison drew #2. Carlito was in next at #3. MVP came in at #4. MVP was over with the crowd and they even had an “MVP” chant going. The Great Khali is in at #5.
Koslov came in at #6 and eliminated Khali. He then eliminated MVP. It looks like he’s getting the Rumble push this year, where you eliminate a ton of people but don’t actually win. Koslov then eliminated Carlito.
Triple H is next at #7. So much for the Rumble push as Triple H eliminated Koslov.
Randy Orton comes out at #8 to a ton of heat. If he doesn’t get injured, it should be his year. JTG of Cryme Tyme was in next at #9. Ted Dibiase is #10. Jericho is #11. Mike Knox is #12. The Miz is in at #13. They’re doing 90 second intervals this year so it’s going by pretty fast, I’ve always preferred the 2 minute intervals. Randy Orton went on an RKO rampage, hitting the RKO on the Miz, Morrison and JTG before being his with a pedigree from Triple H.
HHH then eliminated The Miz and Morrison. Mysterio was thrown out, but he landed on the Miz and walked on Morrison and got back into the ring.
Finlay is in at #14. Cody Rhodes was #15 so all of Legacy is together in the Rumble.
The Undertaker is in at #16. He quickly eliminated JTG. Goldust is in at #17. He and brother Cody immediately started going at it. Orton hit Goldust with the RKO and then had Cody eliminate him.
CM Punk is #18. Mark Henry is #19. Shelton Benjamin is #20. William Regal is #21. Mark Henry was eliminated by Mysterio.
Kofi Kingston is in at #22. Kane is #23. He and The Undertaker gave Cody Rhodes a double chokeslam. There’s a ton of people in the ring now. CM Punk eliminated Regal. R-Truth is #24.
Rob Van Dam is in at #25 as a surprise entrant to a huge pop. Brian Kendrick came in at #26. He eliminated Kofi Kingston. Triple H then eliminated Kendrick. Dolph Ziggler is in at #27 and was thrown out by Kane. Santino Marella is #28 and is eliminated immediately by Kane.
#29 is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who won the first televised Royal Rumble in 1988, when it was a 20 man Royal Rumble that aired for free as a special on the USA Network.
#30 is the Big Show. Hacksaw grabbed Big Show’s strap and started wailing away on him, which reminded me of Hacksaw’s feud with Andre the Giant back in the day. Show then eliminated Hacksaw. He pressed and eliminated R-Truth. Show tried eliminating CM Punk a couple of times before knocking Punk out on the apron and sending him to the floor.
Mysterio and Knox were eliminated when Mysterio charged at Knox. Mysterio was in there for 49 minutes. Kane eliminated Finlay. With the exception of Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, it’s all former world champions in there right now. Jericho eliminated RVD. Undertaker then eliminated Jericho.
Rhodes, Orton and Dibiase triple teamed Kane to eliminate him. Legacy then teamed up on The Undertaker. While Big Show and Taker were fighting on the apron, Orton hit an RKO on Show to eliminate him. Show then grabbed Taker from the outside to eliminate him.
It’s now down to Legacy vs. Triple H. Triple H eliminated Dibiase and Rhodes, and Orton snuck behind Triple H to eliminate him and win the Royal Rumble.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Rhodes and Dibiase joined Orton in the middle of the ring and they all raised their hands.