One of the Royal Rumble matches that no WWE fan forgets was in 2009. The event was held at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan on January 25, 2009. The Royal Rumble match lasted 58m 37s. This match featured with Triple H’s uphill battle against the three members of Legacy, as well as Santino Marella setting a record for the shortest survival time in Royal Rumble history.
In 2008 Royal Rumble match, only 3 of the 30 men lasted longer than 16m 59s. 12 of the 30 men in the 2009 Royal Rumble match accomplished this feat. CM Punk’s survival time of 22m 29s was the 10th highest. The 9 wrestlers who finished ahead of him were all active for the entirety of Punk’s time in the match.
In other words, there was never a point in the match where Punk had one of the 9 highest survival times out of all the active wrestlers in the ring. Santino’s brief survival time did indeed break Warlord’s record from 1989. However, the clocked Santino’s survival time was 2 seconds, whereas WWE claims that he lasted 1 second.
This match included 5 wrestlers who did not survive long enough to make it to the next buzzer. This list includes Santino, Kendrick, Ziggler, Goldust, and Miz.
Once Big Show entered the ring, the match essentially turned into a 15-man Battle Royal to the finish between Mysterio, Triple H, Orton, DiBiase, Jericho, Knox, Finlay, Cody, Undertaker, Punk, Kane, Truth, RVD, Hacksaw, and Big Show. These men brawled for 12m 19s and that is when Randy Orton emerged as the winner.
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