Royal Rumble (2009)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/30068_PPV_RR_aff_ban_300x450.jpg/200px-30068_PPV_RR_aff_ban_300x450.jpg Promotional poster featuring various IWE Superstars

Theme Song(s) "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne
Information
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) Meltdown

Fusion
XCW

Date January 25, 2009
Attendance 16,685
Venue Joe Louis Arena
City Detroit, Michigan
Pay-per-view chronology
Armageddon (2008) Royal Rumble (2009) No Way Out (2009)
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (2008) Royal Rumble (2009) Royal Rumble (2010)

Royal Rumble (2009) was the twenty-second annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on January 25, 2009 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan and featured talent from the Meltdown, Fusion and XCW brands. As has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble Match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania, (in this instance: WrestleMania XXV) for his choice at either the IWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship and the XCW World Championship.

Five professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main event was the annual 30-man Royal Rumble Match which featured wrestlers from all three brands. Kevin McAlmond, the eighth entrant, won the match by last eliminating Triple K, the seventh entrant. The featured match on the Raw brand was for the World Heavyweight Championship between reigning champion Dustin Simpson and John Goff, which Cena won by pinfall after performing an Attitude Adjustment. The primary match on the SmackDown brand was a No Disqualification Match between Josh Hooper and Chris Gomez for the IWE Championship, which Chris Gomez won by pinfall after Matt Hooper interfered in the match and hit Josh with a steel chair. The predominant match on the XCW brand was between Charlie Wilson and Matt Hooper for the XCW Championship, which Wilson won by pinfall after performing a gutwrench powerbomb.

Background[edit | edit source]

Event[edit | edit source]

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator Michael Cole (Meltdown)
Jerry Lawler (Meltdown & Royal Rumble)
Jim Ross (Fusion & Royal Rumble)
Tazz (Fusion)
Todd Grisham (XCW)
Matt Striker (XCW)
Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)
Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)
Ring announcer Lillian Garcia (Meltdown)
Justin Roberts (Fusion & Royal Rumble)
Tony Chimel (XCW)
Referees Scott Armstrong
Mike Chioda
Jack Doan
Marty Elias
Chad Patton
Charles Robinson

Pre-Show Matches[edit | edit source]

Before the Royal Rumble Pay-per-view, Jimmy defeated Paul B.

Note: Jimmy and Paul B. was not entered in the Royal Rumble Match that was scheduled for the Royal Rumble events Main Event Match.

Preliminary Matches[edit | edit source]

The first match of the evening saw Charlie Wilson defend the XCW Championship against Matt Hooper. The match started with both wrestlers countering the other's moves until Wilson injured Hooper's left shoulder and then targeted it for the rest of the match. Wilson ultimately defeated Hooper by pinning him after slamming him to the mat with a gutwrench powerbomb. Wilson thus retained the XCW title.

The second match on the card involved the IWE Women's Championship, where Chandra Denney defended her title against Denise Lynn. The match ended as Denney attempted to perform the Glam Slam on Denise, but the latter countered it into a roll-up, giving her the win and the Women's Championship.

Main event Matches[edit | edit source]

Kevin McAlmond after the 2009 Royal Rumble Match

The third match on the card pitted Dustin Simpson against John Goff for the World Heavyweight Championship. John Goff's employee Ryan Barnhart accompanied him to the ring and first got involved in the match when the referee became incapacitated; he came into the ring and performed his Sweet Chin Music finisher both on John Goff and Simpson. He then left ringside, leaving John Goff's arm on top of Simpson. Simpson however managed to get a shoulder up and performed an Attitude Adjustment to retain his World Championship.

The fourth match on the card involved the IWE Championship, as Josh Hooper defended his title against Chris Gomez. Before the match began Lynn Lehr came out and announced it as a No Disqualification Match. Chris Gomez then revealed that Josh Nuss would be in his corner. During the match Hooper brought a ladder out and set it up near the Spanish announce table. When Josh Nuss tried to interfere, Hooper put him on the table and jumped off the ladder, connecting with Josh Nuss and breaking the table. Hooper then had the match won when he performed the Swanton on Chris Gomez after kicking Lynn off the apron when she tried to interfere. When Hooper went for the pin, Lynn stopped referee Scott Armstong from making a three count. Josh's brother Matt then made his way to the ring, placing a chair under Gomez's face. Grabbing another chair, Matt at first appeared to be setting Gomez up for his own version of Gomez's con-chair-to maneuver. However, he instead smashed Josh in the head with a chair, and Gomez then pinned Joshto become the new IWE Champion.

The main event consisted of the Royal Rumble match. Scott Wright and Joe Linderman started the Rumble. The final six participants left in the match were The Big Marc, Martin McAlmond, Triple K and The Legacy (Mark Semmler, Kyle Johnson and Kevin McAlmond). While the Martin McAlmond and Big Marc brawled on the outside apron (both went over the top rope, but had not hit the floor), McAlmond eliminated Big Marc with an RKO, causing him to fall off the apron. Big Marc eliminated Martin McAlmond shortly thereafter when he pulled his opponent off the apron by his leg. Despite being at a disadvantage against the Legacy, Triple K eliminated Johnson and Semmler. With Triple K by the ropes, McAlmond quickly clotheslined him from behind to send him over the top rope and become the winner of the Royal Rumble match.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

IWE Royal Rumble 2009 (Results)[edit | edit source]

# Matches Stipulations
Dark Lauren Ireland, Katie Barnhart, Nicole Bergman and The Gozelanski Twins (Crystal and Tierney) defeated Riley, Kayty Kapphan, Dixe Hooper, Kassi Austin and Shannon 10-Diva tag team match
1 Charlie Wilson (c) defeated Matt Hooper Singles match for the XCW Championship
2 Denise defeated Chandra Denney (c) Singles match for the IWE Women's Championship
3 Dustin Simpson (c) defeated John Goff (w/ Ryan Barnhart) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship
4 Edge (w/ Josh Nuss) defeated Josh Hooper No Disqualification match for the IWE Championship
6 Kevin McAlmond last eliminated Triple K to win 2009 Royal Rumble match

Royal Rumble Match Order and Eliminations[edit | edit source]

# Entrant Brand Order Eliminated By
1 Scott Wright Meltdown 19 Big Marc
2 Joe Linderman XCW 6 Triple K
3 Michael Ferry Fusion 3 Jake Wilson
4 Mikhail Schmalzried Fusion 2 Jake Wilson
5 Reg Hageman Fusion 1 Jake Wilson
6 Jake Wilson Fusion 4 Triple K
7 Triple K Fusion 29 Kevin McAlmond
8 Kevin McAlmond Meltdown - Winner
9 Luke Maleski Meltdown 7 Martin McAlmond
10 Kyle Johnson Meltdown 27 Triple K
11 Kris McGowan Meltdown 23 Martin McAlmond
12 Alex Knox Meltdown 20 Big Marc
13 Joe Smith XCW 5 Triple K
14 Dan Hooper XCW 21 Chris LeGreca
15 Mark Semmler Meltdown 28 Triple K
16 Martin McAlmond Fusion 26 Big Marc^
17 James Thomas Meltdown 8 Mark Semmler
18 Justin Eldridge Meltdown 18 Big Marc
19 Steven Larson XCW 9 Scott Wright
20 Junior Remeriz Fusion 10 Martin McAlmond
21 William Kapphan Meltdown 11 Justin Eldridge
22 Jose Serrano Meltdown 12 Brian Woods
23 Chris LeGreca Meltdown 24 Kyle & Mark
24 Blake Wheeler Fusion 17 Big Marc
25 KGM --- 22 Kris McGowan
26 The Brian Woods Fusion 13 Triple K
27 Nick Kessler Meltdown 14 Chris LeGreca
28 Justin Black Meltdown 15 Chris LeGreca
29 Jim Duggan Meltdown 16 Big Marc
30 Big Marc Fusion 25 Kevin McAlmond
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