The 2008 Royal Rumble took place in New York City, once again emanating from Madison Square Garden. In the showcase match, one of the most surprising moments took place at the event when John Cena, who was injured last October, returned from a pectoral injury ahead of schedule, to win the match from the number 30 spot.

Amongst the other surprise entrants was Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who entered the match to rekindle their rivalry in the most famous arena in the world. Cena cashed in his title shot at the next month’s Pay Per View: No Way Out, though he also competed for the title at that year’s Wrestlemania in a triple threat match featuring Triple H.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2008

27th January, 2008

New York, New York

Madison Square Garden



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner John Cena
Iron Men Shawn Michaels (32:42)
Least time in Match Finlay (00:00)
Most Eliminations Triple H (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (John Cena, Triple H, Kane, Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, Mark Henry, Chavo Guerrero, Carlito)
Number of debutants 9 (Santino Marella, John Morrison, Hornswoggle, Jamie Noble, Cody Rhodes, Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, Big Daddy V, Elijah Burke)
Last Rumble Appearances 11 (Bob Holly, Tommy Dreamer, Chuck Palumbo, Jamie Noble, Umaga, Gene Snitsky, Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Mr. Kennedy, Big Daddy V, Elijah Burke)
Average Time in match11:49
Number of individuals with at least one elimination40%

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 The Undertaker Smackdown! 32:36 20 3 Shawn Michaels
2 Shawn Michaels Raw 32:42 19 2 Mr. Kennedy
3 Santino Marella Raw 00:25 30 0 The Undertaker
4 The Great Khali Smackdown! 01:10 29 0 The Undertaker
5 Hardcore Holly Raw 13:46 25 0 Umaga
6 John Morrison ECW 29:25 17 0 Kane
7 Tommy Dreamer ECW 02:09 28 0 Batista
8 Batista Smackdown! 27:42 14 4 Triple H
9 Hornswoggle Smackdown! 02:24 15 1 Disqualified
  • As Hornswaggle hid under the ring, time is taken from when he first attacked an active competitor (The Miz).
  • Honrswaggle’s elimination is taken from when Fit Finlay entered the ring to attack Mark Henry, thereby disqualifying him.
10 Chuck Palumbo Smackdown! 04:01 26 1 CM Punk
11 Jamie Noble Smackdown! 00:28 27 0 Chuck Palumbo
12 CM Punk ECW 23:52 13 1 Chavo Guerrero
13 Cody Rhodes Raw 23:15 12 0 Triple H
14 Umaga Raw 26:06 4 1 Batista
15 Snitsky Raw 12:27 21 0 The Undertaker
16 The Miz ECW 13:08 18 0 Hornswoggle
17 Shelton Benjamin ECW 00:18 24 0 Shawn Michaels
18 Jimmy Snuka Hall of Fame 02:44 22 0 Kane
19 Roddy Piper Hall of Fame 01:02 23 0 Kane
20 Kane Smackdown! 17:58 3 3 Batista, Triple H
21 Carlito Raw 15:07 8 0 John Cena
22 Mick Foley Unaffiliated 11:29 9 0 Triple H
23 Mr. Kennedy Raw 13:33 5 1 Batista
24 Big Daddy V ECW 07:49 11 0 Triple H

Big Daddy V’s entrance occurred off camera, so it’s really a best guess.

25 Mark Henry Smackdown! 09:13 6 0 John Cena
26 Chavo Guerrero ECW 07:33 7 1 John Cena
27 Finlay Smackdown! 00:00 16 0 Disqualified

Finlay was disqualified by jumping the buzzer and attacking Mark Henry & Big Daddy V.

28 Elijah Burke ECW 02:11 10 0 Triple H
29 Triple H Raw 11:22 2 6 John Cena
30 John Cena Raw 08:29 1 4 Winner


Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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