Who Was Backstage At The Royal Rumble?, Backstage News

Ryan Clark

Matt Hardy, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Funaki, DH Smith, Brian Kendrick, Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Melina, Victoria, Mickie James, Matt Striker, Layla, Armando, Kelly Kelly, William Regal and The Highlanders were all backstage at last nightâ<80><99>s pay-per-view in case they were needed.

According to reports from inside Madison Square Garden last night, head SmackDown creative team writer Michael Hayes and CM Punk watched Ric Flairâ<80><99>s opening promo from the crowd last night. They quietly slipped out to the back once MVP made his way out to ringside.

UFC ran advertisements outside of Madison Square Garden last night for Brock Lesnarâ<80><99>s debut with the company this weekend. The tagline for the advertisement was â<80><9c>Back to Reality.â<80> They also ran ads on the digital screen outside of MSG as well as on the inDemand pay-per-view channel directly following last nightâ<80><99>s Rumble.

Batista was last nightâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>Ironmanâ<80> as he was in the 30 Man Royal Rumble match the longest as he worked for 37 minutes and 42 seconds. He was finally eliminated by Triple H as the 28th participant eliminated. Batista entered #8.

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