This was the 2008 Royal Rumble match.
The big story from this Rumble remains the amazing surprise John Cena return in the #30 spot. He was on the shelf with what was supposed to be a major injury that would cause him to miss the 2008 Wrestlemania. Instead, he showed up months earlier than expected in a moment that took the NYC crowd so much by surprise that they forgot to boo him for a few minutes.
Cena of course ended up winning, and it was one of the most memorable Rumble victories and closing sequences ever as a result. Between that, and the consistent stream of stars and surprises throughout, this was easily one of the most entertaining Rumbles of all time. Great stuff. (****)