January 25, 2004
Philadephia, PA - Wachovia Center

RAW Announcers: JR, The King & The Coach
Smackdown Announcers: Michael Cole & Tazz
Royal Rumble Announcers: Jim Ross & Tazz

Chris Benoit wins!
Brock Lesnar def Bob Holly
Triple H drew Shawn Michaels
Eddie G. def Chavo G.
Batista/Flair def The Dudleyz
Mysterio def Jamie Noble


Chris Benoit, John Cena, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Nunzio,
Billy Gunn, Big Show, Matt Morgan, Rikishi, Ernest Miller,
Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Tajiri, A-Train, Bradshaw,
Booker T, Kane, Bill Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Rob Van Dam,
Chris Jericho, Christian, Hurricane, Matt Hardy, Randy Orton,
Test, Spike Dudley, Rico, Mark Henry, Rene Dupre..

    • Hosted by Josh Mathews and Rue Debona (Smackdown!), and The Coach & Al Snow (RAW)..
    • The Coach will join commentary, once again prooving that WWE will never learn from their mistakes..
    • NON TITLE MATCH: Victoria def Woman's Champion Molly Holly..

  2. TAG TITLE TABLES MATCH: Ric Flair & Batista vs The Dudley Boyz (Bubba & DVon)..
    • The Coach left the announce position and ran down to the ring, but got the Wassup Drop from the Dudleyz!
    • Batista put D-Von through a table to end a bad bad baaad match..

  3. BACKSTAGE: John Cena + Rob Van Dam..
    • John Cena did a rap about winning the royal rumble..
    • Rob Van Dam stepped in and finished the rap with his initials --- R... V.....D!

  4. CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Jamie Noble w/Nidia..
    • Rey Mysterio won in about three minutes after Nidia accidentally tripped Jamie Noble..
    • After the match, Jamie Noble argued with Nidia as Rey Mysterio celebrated in the ring..

  5. FAMILY FEUD: Eddie Guerrero vs Chavo Guerrero w/Chavo Sr.
    • Eddie Guerrero pinned his nephew Chavo (Jr) after a frog-splash!
    • Eddie Guerrero then low-blowed his brother Chavo (Sr) and tied him to the ropes with his tie!
    • Eddie Guerrero then assulted Chavo (Jr) until he started bleeding..

  6. INTERVIEW: Chris Benoit + Evolution (Ric Flair, Randy Orton & Batista)..
    • Chris Benoit talked about having to go through 29 men (he's #1) to win the Royal Rumble..
    • Ric Flair got in Chris Benoit's face, saying that everyone knows he can't win the "big one"..

  7. WWE TITLE MATCH: Brock Lesnar def Hardcore Holly in about six-minutes to retain..

  8. WORLD TITLE MATCH - LAST MAN STANDING: Triple H vs Shawn Michaels..
    • Shawn Michaels tried a moonsault on Triple H outside the ring, but ended up crashing through the Announce Table!
    • Shawn Michaels later hit his elbow drop and went for the superkick, but HHH dropped to his knees and low-blowed HBK!
    • Triple H hit a pedigree late in the match, but Shawn Michaels got up after a nine count!
    • Shawn Michaels connected with a desperation superkick, and both men were down for the 10 count!
    • The match was ruled a draw and both men were bleeding heavily -- the fans booed the finish..
    • Both wrestlers were stretchered out of the ring, but Shawn Michaels got off and walked out on his own..

  9. IN THE RING: Eric Bischoff + Paul Heyman + Steve Austin..
    • Eric Bischoff came out and bragged about the RAW roster being superior to the Smackdown! roster..
    • Paul Heyman then came out and engaged in an interesting catfight situation, before.....
    • Steve Austin then hit the ring and said Eric Bischoff & Paul Heyman are wasting everybodies time acting like jackasses!
    • Steve Austin says he only wants to know "who started it?"
    • Paul Heyman begs for his life, and Steve Austin delivered a stunner to Eric Bischoff!
    • Steve Austin shares a few beers with Paul Heyman before delivering a stunner to HIM as well!

  10. LOCKER ROOM: Terri & Bill Goldberg + Brock Lesnar..
    • Bill Goldberg talked about how he'll enter at #30 and win the Rumble and go on to wrestlemania..
    • EDITOR'S NOTE: Why would a babyface be proud of doing things the "easy way", that's a heel characteristic..
    • Brock Lesnar stepped in and said Terri should be interviewing the WWE Champion, and not Bill Goldberg..
    • Brock Lesnar & Bill Goldberg engaged in an interesting confrontation (possibly building towards Mania?)

  11. COMMENTARY: Tazz & Jim Ross..
    • Jim Ross hated to say it, but he admitted that Mick Foley is a coward for not showing up!

    • At #13, The Undertaker's old BONG audio hit on the PA and took Kane out of his game and led to Booker eliminating him..
    • At #19, Kurt Angle (the man who guaranteed a victory, and dedicated it to the armed forces) came out..
    • At #20, Chris Benoit, Randy Orton & Kurt Angle were left in the ring!
    • At #21, Test's music hit and he didn't make it to the ring, before he was attacked backstage!
    • ~~~Steve Austin ordered an unknown wrestler to GO TO THE RING, because they're the new #21!
    • ~~~Mick Foley hit the ring (replacing Test) and eliminated Randy Orton and himself in the process..
    • ~~~Randy Orton brutally assulted Mick Foley with a steel chair after their eliminations..
    • At #22, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle & Christian were left in the ring!
    • At #24, Big Show comes out and Jim Ross remembers Big John Studd, saying those "big guys" have an advantage..
    • At #25, Chris Jericho eliminated his 'little buddy' Christian..
    • At #30, Bill Goldberg came out and eliminated Nunzio, Billy Gunn & Charlie Haas..
    • WHO IS LEFT: Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Big Show, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Rob Van Dam & Bill Goldberg..
    • SHOCK: Brock Lesnar ran down and planted Bill Goldberg with a big F5! Kurt Angle tossed Goldberg out!
    • The Big Show dumped Rob Van Dam and John Cena over -- Cena landed bad and may have suffered a leg injury..
    • FINAL FOUR: Chris Benoit, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle..
    • The Big Show chokeslammed Chris Jericho over the top rope to eliminate him!
    • The Big Show eliminated Kurt Angle next..
    • FINAL TWO: Chris Benoit & The Big Show..
    • Chris Benoit eventually got The Big Show over the top rope to win the Royal Rumble and a chance to headline Wrestlemania!!

  13. Fade to black....
    • After the cameras went down, Steve Austin came to the ring and hugged and congradulated Chris Benoit..
    • Steve Austin then shared a few beers with Chris Benoit (wonder if this is a hint that Benoit will jump to RAW?)

Chris Benoit
Randy Orton
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
Scott Steiner
Matt Morgan
The Hurricane
Booker T
Spike Dudley
Rene Dupre
Shelton Benjamin
Ernest "The Cat" Miller
Kurt Angle
Mick Foley (sub for Test)
The Big Show
Chris Jericho
Charlie Haas
Billy Gunn
John Cena
Rob Van Dam
Bill Goldberg

Bradshaw by Chris Benoit (at #5)
Tajiri by Rhyno (at #6)
Mark Henry by Chris Benoit (at #6)
Hurricane by Matt Morgan (at #10)
Scott Steiner by Booker T (at #11)
Kane by Booker T (at #13)
Spike Dudley never made it (at #13)
Rhyno by Chris Benoit (at #14)
Matt Hardy by Rene Dupre (at #15)
Rene Dupre by Rikishi (at #15)
Matt Morgan by Chris Benoit (at #16)
Rikishi by Randy Orton (at #16)
Booker T by Randy Orton (at #16)
A-Train by Chris Benoit (at #17)
Shelton Benjamin by Randy Orton (at #17)
Ernest Miller by Randy Orton (at #18)
Rico by Randy Orton (at #20)
Randy Orton by Mick Foley (at #21)
Mick Foley by himself (at #21)
Christian by Chris Jericho (at #26)
Charlie Haas by Bill Goldberg (at #30)
Billy Gunn by Bill Goldberg (at #30)
Nunzio by Bill Goldberg (at #30)
Bill Goldberg by Kurt Angle
John Cena by The Big Show
Rob Van Dam by The Big Show
Chris Jericho by The Big Show
Kurt Angle by The Big Show
The Big Show by Chris Benoit!
Chris Benoit wins!

Most Eliminations (thanks to Rob for sending these stats)

  1. Chris Benoit - 6 (Bradshaw, Mark Henry, Rhyno, Matt Morgan, A-Train, The Big Show)..
  2. Randy Orton - 5 (Rikishi, Booker T, Shelton Benjamin, Ernest Miller, Rico)..
  3. The Big Show - 4 (John Cena, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle)..
  4. Bill Goldberg - 3 (Charlie Haas, Billy Gunn, Nunzio)..
  5. Mick Foley - 2 (Randy Orton, Mick Foley (himself)..
  6. Booker T - 2 (Scott Steiner, Kane)..
  7. A-Train - 1 (Booker T)..
  8. Kurt Angle - 1 (Bill Goldberg)..
  9. Rene Dupre - 1 (Matt Hardy)..
  10. Chris Jericho - 1 (Christian)..
  11. Matt Morgan - 1 (Hurricane)..
  12. Rikishi Phatu - 1 (Rene Dupre)..
  13. Rhyno - 1 (Tajiri)..
  14. Kane - 0 (Spike Dudley doesn't count)
  15. Mark Henry - 0 ()..

Longest Lasting

  1. Chris Benoit (Winner) - 1:01:35..
  2. Randy Orton - 33:45..
  3. Kurt Angle - 29:05..
  4. The Big Show - 22:39..
  5. Chris Jericho - 15:01..
  6. Matt Hardy - 14:20..
  7. Rhyno - 14:01..
  8. Matt Morgan - 12:14..
  9. Booker T - 9:11..
  10. Christian - 7:40..
  11. John Cena - 7:38..
  12. Charlie Haas - 6:54..
  13. Scott Steiner - 6:48..
  14. Rob Van Dam - 6:45..
  15. Billy Gunn - 5:44..
  16. Mark Henry - 5:11..
  17. Nunzio - 3:49 (actual in ring time), 12:16 (cowering at ringside),
  18. Rikishi - 3:48..
  19. Tajiri - 3:42..
  20. Bill Goldberg - 2:08..
  21. A-Train - 1:44..
  22. Kane - 1:30...
  23. Rico - 1:06..
  24. Ernest Miller - 57 Seconds..
  25. Mick Foley - 43 Seconds..
  26. Shelton Benjamin - 38 Seconds..
  27. Bradshaw - 36 Seconds..
  28. Rene Dupre - 33 Seconds..
  29. Hurricane - 20 Seconds..
  30. Spike Dudley - 0:00 Never Enters..
  31. Test - 0:00 Never Enters (Replaced by Mick Foley)..

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