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January 25, 2009 - Detroit, Michigan
Joe Louis Arena

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Match #1 - ECW World Heavyweight Championship (ECW)
Jack Swagger
Champion
def. Matt Hardy
Challenger
via Pinfall (10:28)
Notes: I like Striker's commentary. He even busts out obscure stats like Matt Hardy trying to become the first Carolinian to win a title in Michigan since Ricky Steamboat winning the IC title in 1987 (WM3). I'm not sure about this Swagger guy. I think he has tremendous potential, but I think he would benefit from a manager. OK match. Hardy was posted, and then Swagger hit the gut-wrench powerbomb. After, Matt looked like he was going to cry.

Match #2 - WWE Women's Championship (RAW)
Melina
Challenger
def. Beth Phoenix
Champion
w/Santino Marella
via Pinfall (5:57)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Melina should be a heel and nothing else. Big Santino chant at the outset. Average women's match. Best part was when Beth kicked Melina in the head with Melina's own foot. Never saw that before. Kind of a weird finish, but Melina came up with a lot of offense right at the end.

Match #3 - World Heavyweight Championship (RAW)
John Cena
Champion
def. John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Challenger
w/Shawn Michaels
via Pinfall (15:29)
Notes: No limo entrance tonight? I was really hoping that HBK would come through for JBL and take the title away from Cena. Another average match until JBL accidentally kicked the referee. After a double-clothesline, HBK entered the ring. He first superkicked JBL. Cena had a stupid smile on his face that was quickly wiped off by another superkick, this time to his own mush. HBK pulled JBL on top of Cena, and then left the ring to the back. He sent out another referee, but Cena kicked out. And of course, a few moments later this generation's Ultimate Warrior hit the move-formerly-known-as-the-FU for the win. Damn it.

Match #4 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - No Disqualification Match (SMDN)
Edge
Challenger
w/Chavo Guerrero
def. Jeff Hardy
Champion
via Pinfall (19:23)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- After Jeff made his entrance, Vickie came out and announced that the match had been changed to a no-DQ match. She introduced Edge, who came out with Chavo. Couple of big spots here, like a Twist of Fate on the apron to the outside, and Jeff jumping off a ladder through Chavo and the announce table. Lots of near falls followed, with Vickie interrupting the ref's count at one point. This brought out Matt, who convinced Jeff to deliver a con-chair-to to Edge. Jeff was placing one chair under Edge's head when Matt whalloped Jeff with the chair instead. He just stared at Jeff with an emotionless expression on his face. A shocked Edge, not looking a gifthorse in the mouth, made the cover. And Edge has still not won a title cleanly.

Match #5 - Royal Rumble Match (INTER)
Randy Orton def. (See Below) (58:35)
Notes: JR and King reunited to the Rumble commentary. Pretty good stuff. Better than average Rumble. JTG and Shad flipped a coin to see who would go into the Rumble. JTG won, but due to the fact he used a two-headed coin. Orton went nuts RKO'ing everyone until Triple H Pedigreed him. Trips also threw Morrison into Miz, eliminating both men. Right after, Rey used the two of them to get back into the ring. Since he stepped on them, he was not eliminated. When Finlay came out, Hornswoggle went right under the ring. Everyone paused when the Undertaker entered. Randy RKO'ed Goldust and then told Cody to dump him. Benjamin did a double-DDT of sorts on Punk and Jericho from the top rope. It was cool. Kane and Undertaker faced off for a few moments, but then started cleaning house on others. Dolph Ziggler backed into Kane, and put his hand out. Kane shook it, and used it to toss Ziggler to the delight of the crowd. Santino got into the ring and was clotheslined out in a second by Kane. A bunch of people in the first few rows had big signs that spelled out S-A-N-T-I-N-O and he was gone in the blink of an eye. Nice pop for Hacksaw as well. Hornswoggle entered the ring and tried to help Finlay, but Kane tossed him. Big Show eliminated Undertaker after he himself had already been eliminated by Orton. In the end, Triple H was able to toss two of the three Legacy members, but it was Orton's night.

*Entrants were supposed to come down in 1:30 minute intervals. But for storytelling purposes, they sometimes have to run over/short, depending on what's happening in the ring. Individual times are from when the buzzer went off to the Superstar's feet hitting the floor. Times are approximate, taken from video footage.
#Time InNameExitTime OutEliminated ByTotal
10:00Rey Mysterio1949:22Big Show49:22
20:00John Morrison519:31Triple H19:31
31:32Carlito37:50Kozlov6:18
43:17Montel Vontavious Porter27:16Kozlov3:59
54:51The Great Khali16:52Kozlov2:01
66:21Vladimir Kozlov49:17Triple H2:56
78:08Triple H2958:35Randy Orton50:27
89:50Randy OrtonWINNER
911:28JTG723:51Undertaker12:23
1013:04Ted DiBiase2758:25Triple H45:21
1114:38Chris Jericho2352:15Undertaker37:37
1216:31Mike Knox2049:23Big Show32:52
1318:03Mike "Miz" Mizanin619:32Triple H1:29
1419:41Finlay
w/Hornswoggle
2149:49Kane30:08
1521:20Cody Rhodes2858:32Triple H37:12
1623:00The Undertaker2655:59Big Show32:59
1724:38Goldust826:06Cody Rhodes1:28
1826:15CM Punk1848:58Big Show22:43
1927:47Mark Henry
w/Tony Atlas
931:18Rey Mysterio3:31
2029:18Shelton Benjamin1033:50Undertaker4:32
2130:53William Regal1135:39CM Punk4:46
2232:26Kofi Kingston1239:36Brian Kendrick7:10
2334:06Kane2452:46Orton, DiBiase, Rhodes18:40
2435:58R-Truth1748:15Big Show12:17
2537:30Rob Van Dam2251:49Chris Jericho14:19
2639:06The Brian Kendrick
w/Ezekiel Jackson
1339:46Triple H0:40
2740:43Dolph Ziggler1441:140:31Kane
2842:17Santino Marella1542:30Kane0:13
2943:54"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan1647:00Big Show3:06
3045:29The Big Show2555:49Randy Orton10:20

Commentary:Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler (RAW), Jim Ross and Tazz (SMDN), Todd Grisham and Matt Striker (ECW)
w/
Ring Announcer:Tony Chimel, Lilian Garcia, Justin Roberts
Referees/Officials:Chad Patton, Marty Elias, Mike Chioda, Jack Doan, Scott Armstrong, Charles Robinson, etc.

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