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Royal Rumble (2004)

200px-Royal_Rumble_2004.jpg Promotional poster featuring Dustin Simpson

Theme songs(s) "Nothing Left to Lose" by Puddle of Mudd
Information
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) Meltdown
Fusion!
Date January 25, 2004
Attendance 17,289
Venue Wachovia Center
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
Armageddon (2003) Royal Rumble (2004) No Way Out (2004)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2003) Royal Rumble (2004) Royal Rumble (2005)

Royal Rumble (2004) was the seventeenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on January 25, 2004 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main event was the Royal Rumble Match, which Kevin Hunter won by last eliminating The Big Marc to win the match. Kevin Hunter broke the longevity record last held by Bob Backlund staying in the match for just over one hour. Featured matches on the undercard included a Last Man Standing Match between Triple K and Ryan Barnhart for the World Heavyweight Championship and Cam Dana versus Steven Murnion for the IWE Championship.

BackgroundEdit

The event featured six professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by IWE script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event. All wrestlers were from either one of the IWE's brands – Fusion or Meltdown – the two storyline divisions in which IWE assigned its employees.

The buildup to the Royal Rumble match started on January 1, 2004 edition of Fusion, when Dustin Simpson interrupted a promo of the Fusion General Manager Paul Heyman about Tribute to the Troops in Iraq event. This angered Heyman and Heyman forced Simpson to compete in a Handicap match with a partner and the two needed to win the match to gain entry in the Royal Rumble match. Simpson's partner was revealed to be Kevin Hunter and the two defeated Full Blooded Italians in a Handicap match to qualify for the Royal Rumble match. As a result, all the three members of Full Blooded Italians lost their spots in the Royal Rumble match. If Simpson and Hunter would have lost, neither would have been able to participate in the match. After the match, Matt Borske announced that he would participate in the Royal Rumble match and would win it. Later that night, Hunter insulted Heyman and Heyman forced Hunter to compete at the #1 spot in the Royal Rumble. On January 5 edition of Meltdown, Chris LeGreca announced that he was going to win the Royal Rumble but was confronted by Steve Britz, who claimed that he would eliminate Chris LeGreca from the match and win the match. On January 8 edition of Fusion, Hunter defeated Full Blooded Italians in a Handicap Mini Royal Rumble to retain his spot in the Royal Rumble. On January 12 edition of Meltdown, Coldberg defeated Matt Hooper and announced that he would participate in the Royal Rumble match. On January 15 edition of Fusion, several qualifying matches were held for the Royal Rumble, including a battle royal between Full Blooded Italians, which Niczio won. On January 19 edition of Meltdown, Coldberg, Kevin McAlmond, Kyle Van Johnson, Steve Britz, Steven Larson and Kris McGowan won matches to qualify for a Battle Royal to determine the #30 entrant of the Royal Rumble match. Coldberg won the Battle Royal and earned the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble.

Qualification MatchesEdit

EventEdit

AftermathEdit

IWE Royal Rumble (2004) ResultsEdit

# Results Stipulations
Heat Courtney (with Richard Veach) defeated Molly Murnion Singles match
1 Evolution (Jesse Dern and Ric Flair) (c) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Harlan and Scott) Tables match for the World Tag Team Championship
2 Scott Wright (c) defeated Jamie Cable (with Renae Novak) Singles Match for the IWE Cruiserweight Championship
3 Brian McAlmond defeated Josh McAlmond, Jr. (with Josh McAlmond, Sr.) Singles Match
4 Rob Lesnar (c) defeated Hardcore Murnion Singles Match for the IWE Championship
5 Triple K (c) fought Ryan Barnhart to double count-out Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
6 Kevin Hunter won by last eliminating The Big Marc 2004 Royal Rumble Match

Royal Rumble Match Entrants and EliminationsEdit

Draw Entrant Brand Order Eliminatied by
1 Kevin Hunter Fusion - WINNER
2 Kevin McAlmond Meltdown 17 Foley
3 Steven Larson Meltdown 3 Kevin Hunter
4 Park Fusion 2 Peter Damrow
5 Bradshaw Fusion 1 Kevin Hunter
6 Peter Fusion 7 Kevin Hunter
7 Matt Hooper Meltdown 8 Noel
8 Scott Hunter Meltdown 5 Steve Britz
9 Brandon Martin Fusion 10 Kevin Hunter
10 The Hurricane Meltdown 4 Matt
11 Steve Britz Meltdown 12 McAlmond
12 Chris LeGreca Meltdown 6 Steve Britz
13 Spike Dudley Meltdown - Attacked by Kane before entered the ring
14 Gary Long Fusion 11 McAlmond
15 Rene Meltdown 9 Gary Long
16 Nick Fusion 13 Kevin Hunter
17 Junior Remeriz Fusion 14 McAlmond
18 Earnest Miller Special guest 15 McAlmond
19 Matt Borske Fusion 27 Big Marc
20 Ricky Meltdown 16 McAlmond
21 Mick Foley Meltdown 18 Himself
22 Khristian Meltdown 19 McGowan
23 Nic Fusion 22 Coldbert
24 The Big Marc Fusion 28 Kevin Hunter
25 Kris McGowan Meltdown 26 Big Marc
26 Jared Keller Fusion 20 Coldberg
27 Billy Morgan Fusion 21 Coldberg
28 Dustin Simpson Fusion 24 Big Marc
29 KVJ Meltdown 25 Big Marc
30 Coldberg Meltdown 23 Matt Borske
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