From the revitalization of Monday Night Raw in the spring of 2004, through the implementation of PG guidelines in the summer of 2008, WWE maintained a mostly-enjoyable, episodically-fun run of post-Attitude programming. The audience and perception of WWE may not have been as high as the days of Austin and Rock, but the company still held their own in front of millions of loyal viewers each week.
The year 2009 would undo much of that remaining mojo, through reverence toward insipid guest hosts, continued adherence to family-friendly parameters, and a stale main event scene. In the first six months of 2009, the WWE and World Heavyweight belts changed hands a combined 11 times, including one vacancy. More than ever, WWE programming was becoming not only harder to get into, but harder to follow as well.
The 2009 Royal Rumble was one of the last stands of that fading old guard. Edge and Jeff Hardy's WWE title match was an Attitude Era-style war, and the Rumble match would feature the two-man call of Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. The presence of Triple H, Big Show, Kane, and The Undertaker in the Rumble added to that classic flavor. As fun as the show was, it all felt like a death grip on the days of old, even as the palpable changes were being felt underfoot.
Here are ten facts about the 2009 Royal Rumble you may not have known.