Batista vs. Big Daddy V vs. Carlito vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Chuck Palumbo vs. CM Punk vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Elijah Burke vs. Finlay vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Hornswoggle vs. Jamie Noble vs. Jimmy Snuka vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. Mick Foley vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Roddy Piper vs. Santino Marella vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Snitsky vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. The Undertaker vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Triple H vs. Umaga from WWE 2008


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. (****)

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