|Royal Rumble 2004|
|Date||January 25, 2004|
|Next Event||No Way Out|
Royal Rumble 2004 was the seventeenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on January 25, 2004 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The main event was the Royal Rumble match, which Chris Benoit won by last eliminating The Big Show to win the match. Benoit 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 H and Shawn Michaels for the World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar versus Hardcore Holly for the WWE Championship.
- John Cena and Chris Benoit defeated Nunzio, Chuck Palumbo, and Johnny Stamboli in a Handicap Match on SmackDown!. If Cena and Benoit would have lost, neither would have been able to enter the Rumble.
- Tajiri defeated Billy Kidman on SmackDown!
- Bradshaw defeated Akio and Sakoda in a triple threat match on SmackDown!
- Matt Morgan defeated Orlando Jordan on Velocity
- Rikishi defeated Scotty 2 Hotty on SmackDown!
- A-Train defeated Shannon Moore on Velocity
- The World's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated the Basham Brothers (Doug and Danny Basham) on SmackDown!
- Rico defeated Tommy Dreamer on Sunday Night Heat
- Nunzio defeated Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli in a Triple Threat match on SmackDown!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Sunday Night Heat: Victoria defeated Molly Holly (4:56)
- Batista & Ric Flair defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley) in a Table Match for the World Tag Team Championship (4:23)
- Rey Mysterio defeated Jamie Noble in a WWE Cruiserweight Championship match (3:12)
- Eddie Guerrero defeated Chavo Guerrero (8:03)
- Brock Lesnar (c) defeated Hardcore Holly for the WWE Championship (6:30)
- Triple H (c) fought Shawn Michaels to a double countout in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship (22:46)
- Chris Benoit won the Royal Rumble (1:01:30)
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminationsEdit
|13||Spike Dudley||Raw||N/A||Never entered the ring||0:00|
|19||Kurt Angle||SD!||27||Big Show||29:04|
|24||The Big Show||SD!||28||Benoit||22:38|
|25||Chris Jericho||Raw||26||Big Show||14:58|
|28||John Cena||SD!||24||Big Show||7:37|
|29||Rob Van Dam||Raw||25||Big Show||6:44|
Other on-screen talentEdit
- Royal Rumble 2004 Official site
- Royal Rumble 2004 at CAGEMATCH.net
- Royal Rumble 2004 at Online World of Wrestling
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