The 2009 Royal Rumble took place in Detroit for the first time in it’s history, coming from the Joe Louis Arena in late January.

The story behind the match was the Legacy faction. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. entered the match and largely dominated – all 3 in the final 4 competitors against Triple H. Although The Game was able to eliminate DiBiase & Rhodes, Orton ended up winning the match, although his title match was unsuccessful at Wrestlemania 25, losing to Triple H who became World Champion at the next month’s No Way Out.

Famously, this match saw the record set by one of the competitors – Santino Marella lasted in the match for one second, becoming the quickest elimination in the match’s history.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2009

25th January, 2009

Detroit, Michigan

Joe Louis Arena



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Randy Orton
Iron Men Triple H (49:57)
Least time in Match Santino Marella (00:01)
Most Eliminations Big Show (6)Triple H (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 15 (Randy Orton, Triple H, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr., The Undertaker, Big Show, Kane, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Finlay, Rey Mysterio, Mike Knox, CM Punk, R-Truth, Jim Duggan)
Number of debutants 8 (Vladimir Kozlov, JTG, Ted DiBiase Jr., Mike Knox, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Brian Kendrick, Dolph Ziggler)
Last Rumble Appearances 4 (Mike Knox, Finlay, Rob Van Dam, Brian Kendrick)
Average Time in match16:59
Number of individuals with at least one elimination40%

Did You Know?

  • Half the field were still eligible in the match when the last entrant (Big Show) entered the match.
  • “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan set the record for the longest time between Royal Rumbles, with 17 years between Royal Rumbles – his last one was 1992.

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Rey Mysterio Raw 49:25 11 1 Big Show
2 John Morrison ECW 19:34 25 0 Triple H
3 Carlito Smackdown! 06:12 28 0 Vladimir Kozlov
4 MVP Smackdown! 03:52 29 0 Vladimir Kozlov
5 The Great Khali Smackdown! 01:33 30 0 Vladimir Kozlov
6 Vladimir Kozlov Smackdown! 02:41 27 3 Triple H
7 Triple H Smackdown! 49:57 2 6 Randy Orton
8 Randy Orton Raw 48:28 1 3 Winner
9 JTG Raw 11:56 24 0 The Undertaker

JTG’s entrance occurred off camera, so time is taken when he’s first visible on screen.

10 Ted DiBiase Jr. Raw 45:10 4 1 Triple H
11 Chris Jericho Raw 37:16 8 1 The Undertaker
12 Mike Knox Raw 32:43 12 0 Big Show
13 The Miz ECW 01:19 26 0 Triple H
14 Finlay ECW 29:59 10 0 Kane
15 Cody Rhodes Raw 37:01 3 2 Triple H
16 The Undertaker Smackdown! 32:29 5 4 Big Show

Post Big Show’s elimination, he reached up and eliminated Undertaker from the match, who was on the apron.

17 Goldust Raw 01:12 23 0 Cody Rhodes
18 CM Punk Raw 22:29 13 1 Big Show
19 Mark Henry ECW 03:15 22 0 Rey Mysterio, The Undertaker

Mark Henry’s elimination occurred off camera, so it’s best guess on elimination time.

20 Shelton Benjamin Smackdown! 04:17 21 0 The Undertaker
21 William Regal Raw 04:33 20 0 CM Punk
22 Kofi Kingston Raw 06:58 19 0 The Brian Kendrick
23 Kane Raw 18:21 7 3 Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase Jr.
24 R-Truth Smackdown! 12:06 14 0 Big Show
25 Rob Van Dam Unaffiliated 13:56 9 0 Chris Jericho
26 The Brian Kendrick Smackdown! 00:15 18 1 Triple H
27 Dolph Ziggler Raw 00:21 17 0 Kane
28 Santino Marella Raw 00:01 16 0 Kane
29 Jim Duggan Raw 02:50 15 0 Big Show
30 Big Show Smackdown! 09:33 6 6 Randy Orton


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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