WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® makes a triumphant return to Wizard World when he appears at the inaugural Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Orton will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo-ops in a three-hour appearance from 1-4 p.m.
From the moment he was hatched, “The Viper” walked among the ring’s most revered figures, even calling one of them “dad.” His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, his uncle Barry “Barry O” Orton and his grandfather, the late “The Big O,” Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.
The voices coiling through Orton’s head today have not misguided him. And neither did Triple H and Ric Flair, who groomed Orton early on, welcoming him into their elite faction, Evolution. Under their tutelage, the 24-year-old Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at SummerSlam 2004. The next night on Raw, however, an envious Triple H, who coveted Orton’s championship, attacked his stablemate and jettisoned him from the faction. Continue reading
The Elimination Chamber Match participants confronted each other
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DENVER – In six days, Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Sheamus & Christian will collide in the Elimination Chamber. That is, if tensions between the six competitors don’t boil over into chaos first. It very nearly came to that in the opening moments of Raw, when an address by John Cena turned into a six-way standoff between the Chamber Match participants. Before the situation could escalate into a melee, though, WWE Director of Operations Kane – running Raw in The Authority’s stead – made a move to restore order: The Chamber foes would be separated into three pairs for singles matches. The already-announced Orton vs. Sheamus would be joined by Cena vs. Cesaro and, immediately, Bryan vs. Christian.
Sheamus def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton via Disqualification
Redemption is … not quite Randy Orton’s. At least not yet, thanks to a wild brawl that brought the Champion of Champions’ must-win match against Sheamus to an inconclusive end. Orton, looking for a victory after falling to three of his five Elimination Chamber Match opponents, was immediately besieged by the Irishman’s “blunt-force trauma,” so much so he had to take a few breaks in the middle of the match.
Photos: Orton clashes with Sheamus in the main event
Even though Sheamus kept pace with The Viper, Orton scored the big move of the match by putting the Irishman through the announce table in an attempt to score a count-out win, though Sheamus made it back in at nine to stay alive. A few chest clubs later and it was Orton’s turn to dig deep and stave off White Noise with a backbreaker and hanging DDT. A failed RKO spurred Sheamus into a rage; The Celtic Warrior executed three consecutive Irish Curses and called for the Brogue Kick … until The Shield swarmed him and closed the bout with a disqualification. The brawling Superstars were quickly joined by John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Cesaro and, finally, The Wyatts, who kicked off an all-out melee from which no one Superstar could escape. In other words, a perfect prelude to the chaos to come.
Cesaro def. Randy Orton
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In a stunning SmackDown main event battle for the ages, Cesaro pinned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton with The Neutralizer, giving him an incredible non-title victory and, more importantly, extremely valuable momentum heading into the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 23.
As a result of the loss, The Viper is now 1-3 in matches against his Elimination Chamber opponents, as he prepares to face Sheamus Monday on Raw!
Before Randy Orton defends his WWE World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, he must face all of his pay-per-view opponents. So far he’s 1-2. This week on SmackDown, he’ll meet Antonio Cesaro! Tune in to Syfy Friday at 8/7 CT.