In the world of professional wrestling, few events hold as much anticipation and excitement as the annual WWE Royal Rumble. This iconic battle royale sets the stage for the road to WWE WrestleMania, and over the years, it has given fans countless memorable moments.
WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, a veteran of the squared circle, recently took to the airwaves on "Busted Open Radio" to share his personal favorite Royal Rumble memory. During his illustrious career, Mark Henry participated in an impressive 10 Royal Rumble matches, but one moment stood out above the rest for him.
He fondly recalled the surprise return of none other than John Cena at the 2008 Royal Rumble. "It would have to be when John Cena came back," Henry reminisced. "Nobody was expecting John to come back because of [an] injury, and the Royal Rumble was headed toward Triple H winning, and everybody was like, 'Damn it, not again.'
" Cena's comeback at the 2008 Royal Rumble was indeed a momentous occasion. Having suffered a torn pectoral muscle just four months earlier, the WWE Universe didn't anticipate his return so soon. When Cena's music hit and he emerged as the final entrant in the match, the Madison Square Garden crowd erupted in an explosion of excitement.
"I was in the ring when his music hit, and was one of the last guys to go out," Henry shared. "The energy from the Garden — I can't even explain. ... It was shaking the whole building."
Cena's Rumble Triumph
Cena's surprise entry into the Royal Rumble culminated with him eliminating Triple H to secure the victory.
This triumphant return set the stage for Cena's subsequent challenges for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton at WWE No Way Out and WWE WrestleMania 24, with Triple H also playing a significant role in those storylines.
Cena's first match back following his Royal Rumble return was against none other than Mark Henry on "WWE Raw." Mark Henry's recollection of this iconic Royal Rumble moment serves as a reminder of the unpredictable and electrifying nature of professional wrestling, where surprises and unforgettable moments are always just a ring bell away.
Wrestling fans worldwide continue to cherish these moments that make the Royal Rumble a must-watch event year after year.