Spoilin' For A Fight: WWE Royal Rumble Preview

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2009

Detroit knows what it's like to have Fight Club. From the Tigers to the Red Wings, Detroit is famous for have some of the most bloodthirsty fans in the world. And tonight, another chapter gets added to their storied history.

And it's courtesy of the WWE. Here is the official preview of tonight's 22nd Annual Royal Rumble.

WWE Women's Championship

Beth Phoenix vs. Melina

The war between these two divas started long before Melina's injury last year. The jealousy factor is there with these two, and at the end of the road lies the ultimate prize for them: The Women's Championship.

For Melina, this could be the ultimate retribution. There is nothing more that Phoenix cherishes than being the one true Diva in the WWE. But with one of the most decorated champions eyeing a shot at returning back to the top of the mountain. But Phoenix has a pair of obstacles of her own: Her boyfriend and her stalker.

Thanks to Santino, Rosa Mendes is now a part of Team Glamarella. But Phoenix has to know that she is now being looked as a weak Diva thanks to the interference of Santino and Rosa. But will she leave Detroit still Women's Champion? Or is this Melina's time to shine?

ECW Championship

Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy

Last week, Jack Swagger continued his dominance over The Land of Extreme when he defeated Matt Hardy to become the new ECW Champion. Since then, we have had to deal with the constant ego trip known as The Boomer Sooner.

But as in the past, Matt Hardy has proven that he will not give up so easily. Now he has a chance to not only silence the All American American, but also hand him his first singles loss...and get back the ECW Championship. But for Swagger, he's all about taking out the competition and staying atop the ECW Mountain.

Are we preparing for the continuation of the Swagger Era of ECW? Or will Matt Hardy reclaim his gold at The Royal Rumble? And what role will the World's Strongest Man play in the outcome of this bout?

World Heavyweight Championship

John Cena vs. John Bradshaw Layfield w/Shawn Michaels

JBL is obsessed with running RAW. He wants the world to see him as the absolute best in the industry. He thinks that the world should revolve around him always. And if he wins tonight, he will command respect like no one has ever demanded before.

But his opponent has had wars with him in the past. John Cena faced JBL at Wrestlemania a few years back to win his first WWE Championship. So far JBL holds only one victory against The Chain Gang Commander...but he has never won when the gold is on the line. Now JBL has the ultimate insurance policy in the form of Mr. Wrestlemania himself, Shawn Michaels.

Shawn has already made it clear that he will do whatever it takes to ensure that his livelihood is intact...even if he has to lose the respect of everyone in the process. Which road will Shawn Michaels take? Will we see the resurrection of the Wrestling Fraud as World Champion? Or can John Cena add another huge victory over JBL to his resume and continue on his road to Wrestlemania?

WWE Championship

Jeff Hardy vs. Edge

Jeff Hardy is one of the most decorated champions in the WWE. He has had multiple reigns as Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion with his brother, Matt. But at Armageddon, he finally realized his dream as defeated both Triple H and Edge to become WWE Champion for the first time in his illustrious career. But there is someone that wants to make sure that his first title reign will be his last...

Edge has had a pretty easy road for the past year since he decided to "marry" the boss of SmackDown. With Vickie in his backpocket, Edge now has a chance to win the WWE Championship for a seventh time. But over the past few weeks, he has been the center of controversy.

For the past few weeks, Hardy has been involved in a series of unfortunate events that have left people wondering if tonight is his final night as WWE Champion. A few weeks ago, someone tried to run he and his girlfriend off the road. Two weeks ago, he was a victim of tampered pyrotechnics. But despite all that, Jeff Hardy vows to defend and retain the WWE Championship at The Royal Rumble.

Will Edge resurrect the Rated R Era and leave Detroit as WWE Champion? Or will The Enigmatic Champion continue his dream and roll into No Way Out as the King of SmackDown? And will the mysterious assassin finally reveal himself tonight?

The Main Event

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The stakes couldn't be any higher. 30 Men. One Ring. One Chance. The winner gets a shot at the immortality...not to mention that they are guaranteed to headline Wrestlemania. Words cannot describe the magnitude of the match, so let's take a look at the known participants of this year's Royal Rumble Match.


Chris Jericho

Randy Orton

Rey Mysterio

Kofi Kingston


Cody Rhodes

Ted DiBiase

CM Punk

Santino Marella


The Miz

John Morrison


Mark Henry

Chavo Guerrero


Triple H

Big Show

Vladimir Kozlov

Shelton Benjamin

The Undertaker


The Brian Kendrick

The Great Khali


What anarchy will be unleashed at Joe Louis Arena? What plot twists are in store for tonight? It's the 22nd Annual WWE Royal Rumble live from Detroit, Michigan.

So who's spoiling for a fight?


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