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Full Name: Randal Keith Orton
In-Ring Name: Randy Orton
Date Of Birth: April 1st, 1980
Place of Birth: Knoxville, TN
Billed: St. Louis, MO
Professional Wrestling debut: March 18th, 2000
WWE Television Debut: April 25th, 2002
Finisher: RKO, Running Punt to the Skull
Biography: Randal “Randy” Keith Orton was born on April 1st, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is currently professional wrestler working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the Monday Night Raw and Thursday Night Smackdown brands. Orton is well-known as a third-generation wrestler, following the footsteps of his father (“Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr.), his late grandfather (Bob Orton Sr.), and his uncle (Barry O).

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Extreme Rules Results — July 15th, 2018
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Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy to become the new United States Champion; Randy Orton attacked Hardy after the match
Jeff Hardy’s United States Title reign ended in shocking fashion at WWE Extreme Rules, as The Charismatic Enigma suffered a demoralizing, near-immediate U.S. Title loss to Shinsuke Nakamura before another foe made his presence known after the bout.

The opening bell hadn’t even rung before The King of Strong Style made his move on Hardy, flooring the champion with his signature move — the low blow — behind the ref’s back. Hardy struggled to his feet and insisted on starting the match, only to suffer an instant Kinshasa that snapped his reign and landed Nakamura the first championship of his WWE tenure.

Nakamura’s celebration was cut short by the arrival of recent U.S. Champion Randy Orton, but while The Apex Predator appeared to be sizing up Nakamura, he surprised the Pittsburgh faithful by turning his attention to Hardy and administering a punishing stomp to the nether regions before making his exit. Jeff Hardy was a proud, confident champion, but life didn’t just come at him fast at WWE Extreme Rules. It came out of nowhere.

Backlash Results — May 6th, 2018
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United States Champion Jeff Hardy def. Randy Orton
The Jeff Hardy comeback tour rolls on, as The Charismatic Enigma dispatched Randy Orton to retain his United States Title at WWE Backlash, capping a rivalry that has been tenser than anticipated, even though Hardy and Orton have only been on each other’s radars for a short period of time.

Ever since Hardy supplanted Jinder Mahal as U.S. Champion, Orton — who had already invoked his rematch clause after losing the title to Mahal at WrestleMania — has been seemingly overlooked by The Charismatic Enigma. Having reminded Hardy of his skills with an RKO after a tag team match on SmackDown LIVE, The Viper opened the WWE Backlash contest with another display of ruthless efficiency, targeting the champion’s lumbar with a trifecta of backdrops onto the barricade. The veteran Orton was clearly hoping to slow Hardy down and turn the match into the kind of drawn-out beatdown that typically precedes the RKO.

Even when Hardy fought to quicken the pace, the threat of the RKO loomed large. The Charismatic Enigma had to stop cold to avoid the maneuver at one point, allowing The Apex Predator to reclaim the advantage, though the champion was more familiar with Orton’s playbook than he let on. Hardy took a page out of his challenger’s repertoire, surprising Orton with a Twist of Fate and following up with an immediate Swanton Bomb to retain his title.

Even for Randy Orton, it seems, defeat can come from out of nowhere.

Wrestlemania XXXIV Results — April 8th, 2018
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Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton, Rusev and Bobby Roode to win the United States Championship
It seemed WrestleMania was going to be the happiest of Rusev Days with The Bulgarian Brute prevailing in the Fatal 4-Way Match for the United States Title. Instead, Jinder Mahal spoiled the holiday, as his flunky Sunil Singh created the distraction The Modern Day Maharaja needed to secure the victory and claim the U.S. Championship.

Randy Orton hits RKOs on English, Rusev and Mahal: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)01:04
The Viper blasts Aiden English, Rusev and Jinder Mahal with blistering RKOs in defense of his United States Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Mahal, Rusev, incumbent titleholder Randy Orton and Bobby Roode wasted no time letting both fists and high-impact maneuvers fly in equal measure. The Super Athlete impressed early, toppling his competition with a rolling dive off the apron, while The Viper delivered a ring-rattling Superplex to Roode.

Randy Orton vs. Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev – United States Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: photos
See photos of Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and Rusev battling for the United States Championship at WrestleMania 34.

Orton then went on an RKO-spree, derailing Rusev’s associate Aiden English, Rusev himself and Mahal with the outta-nowhere maneuver before The Glorious One could come in to curtail Orton’s chance at victory.

However, just when it looked like The Bulgarian Brute had a chance to walk out of WrestleMania as United States Champion by locking The Modern Day Maharaja in the Accolade, a diversion by Sunil Singh led to The Super Athlete being struck with the Khallas. With that, Mahal became the grinch who stole Rusev Day — and your new United States Champion.

Smackdown Live Results — April 3rd, 2018
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Rusev def. Jinder Mahal; RKO out of Nowhere to Aiden English
Following the bombshell decision that Rusev would be added to the United States Title Match at WrestleMania — making it a Fatal 4-Way — two former allies met in the ring this week, as The Bulgarian Brute faced off against The Modern Day Maharaja on SmackDown LIVE.

Sunil Singh backed up Jinder Mahal, while Aiden English patrolled Rusev’s corner, and Bobby Roode added guest commentary. Both laid it all on the line while seeking a monumental victory heading into The Show of Shows this Sunday. In the pivotal moments, The Super Athlete bested The Modern Day Maharaja with a pinpoint Machka Kick for the win.

Rusev’s celebration would be short-lived, as United States Champion Randy Orton slid into the ring and struck The Bulgarian Brute with a thunderous RKO. In turn, Aiden English attempted to come to Rusev’s aid, first putting the boots to Orton and then by going up to the second rope, clearly ready to pounce on The Viper. However, The Glorious One hopped onto the apron and pushed The Mozart of Mayhem right into The Apex Predator, who was waiting with yet another RKO outta nowhere.

Roode and Orton then faced off, both clearly fired up for the United States Title Match this Sunday, and The Glorious One showed his respect for The Viper by handing him the star-spangled championship.

Fastlane 2018 Results — March 11th, 2018
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Randy Orton def. Bobby Roode to become the new United States Champion
In the leadup to WWE Fastlane, Randy Orton made no bones about why he was challenging Bobby Roode for the United States Championship: It was the one title he’d yet to hold, he wanted to fill out his trophy case, and The Glorious One was just the guy who was unlucky enough to be in his path.

Consider the Grand Slam completed. The Apex Predator slithers into the illustrious club for the first time despite an outstanding effort from Roode, who came into the match with just as much to prove, in his own way, as Orton. The Glorious One traveled a hard road to get to this point and wanted to walk into WrestleMania as U.S. Champion, so he had no desire to cede his prize to a WWE lifer. When the bell rang, Roode opted to prove his bona fides by trying Orton at his own game, chopping away at The Apex Predator with the same kind of quick-strikes and close-quarters combat that Orton used against him.

Randy Orton stuns Bobby Roode with a hard-hitting powerslam: WWE Fastlane 2018 (WWE Network Exclusive)01:42
Randy Orton rebounds from a clothesline to drop United States Champion Bobby Roode with a powerslam: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

It seemed to be working, too: Roode’s response to a near-miss RKO was to send Orton scurrying with a Glorious DDT attempt, leaving The Viper to fume and, perhaps, reevaluate his game plan in the face of a tougher fight than he expected. Roode found his best footing in the match when he turned on the jets, peppering Orton with clotheslines, neckbreakers and, in one instance, a top-rope clothesline that were grouped so close together The Viper had no room to breathe. Whenever Orton got going, Roode opted for space, giving himself some much-needed time to recover and strategize.

It was when Roode turned into the aggressor that he played his way right into Orton’s hands. By pursuing The Viper outside the ring, Roode found himself thrown into the barricade and dropped on top of it. His later attempts to go big led to both the showdown’s defining moment — a superplex so textbook that commentator Byron Saxton called for a second instant replay — and its conclusion, when The Glorious One leapt headfirst into the waiting jaws of a match-ending RKO.

That maneuver handed Orton the championship, but the end of the contest only intensified the drama that has swirled over the U.S. Title as of late. Jinder Mahal, who has christened himself the “Uncrowned United States Champion” thanks to his recent wins over both Orton and Roode, confronted the new champion and attacked him mercilessly until Roode dispatched him with a Glorious DDT. Roode then administered the same maneuver to a beaten Orton as well before leaving in frustration. So Mahal makes his presence known. Roode gets the last word in defeat. And having worked 16 years for this particular prize, Orton may yet find that he’s hit his Grand Slam into a very crowded field.

2018 Royal Rumble Results — January 28th, 2018
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Randy Orton is the 24th Entrant of the Royal Rumble; Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

The day after WrestleMania 33, Shinsuke Nakamura debuted as a SmackDown Superstar. The day after WrestleMania 34, he may well walk out as WWE Champion.

The King of Strong Style outlasted 29 other Superstars to win the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, earning a World Title opportunity of his choosing at WrestleMania. And he already knows who he’s going to challenge.

Entering at No. 14, The Artist’s first moments in the match were scored by the WWE Universe serenading him with his theme song. He notched an elimination early on by tossing Sami Zayn, who stole Tye Dillinger’s No. 10 position after Zayn and Kevin Owens — still smarting over their WWE Title loss to AJ Styles earlier in the night — jumped The Perfect 10 backstage. For the majority of his 44:38 in the contest, WWE’s RockStar played it safe, avoiding elimination while the typical Rumble shenanigans raged around him.

And true to form, there were some epic shenanigans afoot. Heath Slater, entering at No. 5, was clotheslined during his entrance by Baron Corbin and was then jumped by every Superstar on their way to the ring. Sheamus finally threw him into the ring to pick the bones, only to be eliminated himself by The One-Man Band.

Elsewhere, Kofi Kingston was saved from elimination by his eliminated New Day compatriots, who broke Kingston’s fall with their own bodies (Xavier Woods) and a plate of pancakes (Big E). “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt joined forces to eliminate overwhelming sentimental favorite Rusev, only to eliminate each other moments later as their heated rivalry continued.

Surprise entrants included Rey Mysterio, who entered at No. 27 looking better than he did when he won the Rumble in 2006. The Hurricane entered at No. 21, but was quickly tossed by John Cena. (What’s up with that?!) NXT fielded two entrants, reigning NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Undisputed ERA ringleader Adam Cole (BAY-BAY).

In the end, the bout came down to a battle of generations, with Nakamura, Reigns and iron man Finn Bálor against Cena, Randy Orton and Mysterio. Once again, Nakamura played defense, making himself scarce as Reigns eliminated Orton while Mysterio was tossed by Bálor after executing a double-619 to Reigns and Cena. Bálor was next out, sent packing by a somber-looking Cena, and Nakamura struck soon thereafter, sending the 16-time World Champion tumbling after a Kinshasa through the ropes.

With Reigns now the only thing standing between him and WrestleMania glory, Nakamura came alive, daring The Big Dog to fight before bombarding him with a savage array of knees and elbows. Nakamura flirted with disaster, locking Reigns in an armbar over the top rope. Meanwhile Reigns, returning to the site of his own Rumble Match win in 2015, played it far more conservatively, looking to flatten Nakamura with power maneuvers before tossing him over.

Reigns seemed to have the match in hand, for all intents and purposes, after launching himself into a Spear that pulverized The Artist, but Nakamura answered by cutting off a second Spear with the Kinshasa. Nakamura tossed a dazed Reigns moments later to earn his first Royal Rumble Match victory.

In a post-match interview, Nakamura — who had the right to choose which title he would pursue — made it clear who he wanted: WWE Champion AJ Styles. The dream match is set, and The Artist has truly arrived, but his true masterpiece may be yet to come.

Clash of Champions Results — December 17th, 2017
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Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton
Yes, Owens & Zayn prevailed in a match where their WWE careers were on the line, but the bout didn’t come down so much to their opponents — Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton — as it did to an explosive disagreement between match’s the two Special Guest Referees, SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan.

Shinsuke Nakamura brings a hard-hitting offense against Kevin Owens: WWE Clash of Champions 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)01:34
Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura fight tooth-and-nail against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, as SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan serve as Special Guest Referees: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Some history: Shane had been a vocal proponent of firing Zayn & Owens ever since they cost Team SmackDown the deciding match at Survivor Series, which led him to put their careers at stake and declare himself the match’s guest ref. As Owens warned that Shane was planning to screw him out of victory, Bryan named himself the second referee in a bid to protect the “integrity” of SmackDown LIVE. That potential difference of philosophy came to the forefront almost instantly, when some early friction between the two refs led Bryan to draw an imaginary line in the sand, with him and Shane each claiming a territory in the ring to officiate.

It should be mentioned that Owens & Zayn mounted a pretty solid game plan against The Viper and The King of Strong Style, but their animosity toward the refs provided their opponents ample opportunity to take advantage. Nakamura unleashed a blistering torrent of knees onto KO, but it was a triangle from The King of Strong Style that brought the refs back into each other’s orbit when Bryan counted Nakamura’s shoulders in a pinfall attempt, much to Shane’s chagrin.

All the officiating in the world, however, couldn’t stop the wild brawl outside the ring, which concluded with Owens splashing The King of Strong Style through one of the ringside announce tables. With Nakamura dispatched, Orton planted Zayn with an RKO, and an ecstatic Shane went to make the pinfall, but Owens bum-rushed Bryan on top of Shane as he made the count. Orton and Shane surrounded an apologetic Bryan as Zayn struck, instigating a series of back-and-forth rollups that ended with Sami seemingly holding Orton down successfully … only McMahon outright refused to count to three.

With Owens’ fears validated and Bryan red-faced with rage, the two figureheads of SmackDown LIVE went nose-to-nose and appeared inches away from coming to blows (Bryan audibly called Shane “a disgrace”) before Shane threw up his hands and turned his back. Unfortunately for him, Zayn picked that exact moment to attempt another rollup on Orton, and Bryan notched a lightning-fast three-count (in Shane’s territory, for what it’s worth) that saved two jobs. What happens to Bryan’s own job, ironically, is now very much in question, but Shane probably should have seen this coming: Daniel Bryan has never been one to back down from a McMahon.

Survivor Series Results — November 19th, 2017
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Team Raw def. Team SmackDown in a Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
With Survivor Series tied at 3-3 between Raw and SmackDown LIVE, Team Red scored a hard-fought victory over Team Blue in the main event of WWE’s fall classic, cementing Raw’s dominance in a head-to-head competition for brand supremacy. But the win that earned Raw an overall victory over SmackDown LIVE came with no small amount of controversy for the red brand, with tensions between Triple H and Team Raw’s captain, General Manager Kurt Angle, bubbling over in the match’s final moments.

As expected, Braun Strowman proved to be a major player on Team Raw, pinning SmackDown LIVE favorites Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode in short order with two ring-rattling Running Powerslams. Attempting to take The Monster Among Men off the playing field, Team Blue’s John Cena and Randy Orton double-teamed the juggernaut, and with the help of their blue band compatriots, drove the behemoth through one of the ringside announce tables.

Order was eventually restored, with Cena putting away Raw’s Samoa Joe with a damaging duet of Attitude Adjustments, finally getting SmackDown on the scoreboard.

Shortly after, Cena found himself standing across the ring from Angle — the Superstar Cena faced during his debut WWE match on SmackDown back in 2002. Realizing quickly that The Olympic Hero hadn’t lost a step, Cena fell victim to an Angle Lock followed up by an Angle Slam. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon broke up Angle’s pinfall attempt, but a well-timed Coup de Grâce from Raw’s Finn Bálor made Cena vulnerable to a second Angle Slam. Angle then pinned the 16-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, reducing Team Blue’s ranks to two: McMahon and Randy Orton.

It was Bálor who made the attempt to skin The Viper, hitting Orton with his signature Slingblade and sending his veteran foe into the turnbuckle with a dropkick that left Orton in the drop zone for the Coup de Grâce. The ring awareness of WWE’s Apex Predator, however, won out. He dodged the aerial Bálor and hit a perfectly executed RKO on the Irishman that took Bálor out of the match.

Not only did Shane-O-Mac and The Viper face insurmountable odds given the remaining members of Team Raw — Strowman, Triple H and Angle — but opposition also came from the SmackDown camp. Bitter that they were not included on SmackDown’s Survivor Series team, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn brutally attacked McMahon, forcing the commissioner to fend them off with a steel chair.

After helping Shane fight off the attackers, a distracted Orton was floored with a Running Powerslam from Strowman that led to his elimination. Now, the man who put Raw under siege and formed the perfect team to challenge Raw for brand supremacy was all alone against three powerful foes.

Despite that power, however, lingering tension between Angle and Triple H — who Pedigreed Angle’s son, Jason Jordan, just days earlier — dramatically changed the complexion of Team Raw in the final moments of the match. Seeming to side with his brother-in-law, Triple H hit The Olympic Hero with a Pedigree and placed McMahon on top of Angle to eliminate the Raw GM. As a confused Strowman looked on, Triple H then helped Shane to his feet, only to hit McMahon with the same maneuver that put down Angle, scoring the final pin for Team Red and ending the night for a 4-3 win for Raw overall at Survivor Series.

Not at all pleased with the final moments of the match, Strowman quietly seethed as Triple H held up his hand in victory. The Monster Among Men forced the jubilant King of Kings into the corner and warned the WWE COO not to cross him a second time or Triple H “will never play this game again.”

As Strowman’s back was turned, The Game tried to take down the behemoth, but The Monster Among Men was ready and hit Triple H with not one, but two Running Powerslams.

Triple H might have stolen the glory and raised some serious questions about Strowman’s immediate future, but nevertheless, Raw reigns supreme … at least, for now.

Hell In A Cell Results — October 8th, 2017
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Randy Orton def. Rusev
No sneak attacks, no post-match challenges, no shenanigans of any kind. Just an RKO and a 1-2-3 to hand Randy Orton a decisive victory over Rusev in an anticipated rubber match at WWE Hell in a Cell.

Given that the 1-1 series had thus far been decided under increasingly skewed circumstances, there was a question as to whether Round Three would conclude in similarly abrupt fashion, especially when Orton went for an early RKO. The Super Athlete showed he was ready for that and more. After evading the RKO and bulldozing Orton out of the ring, Rusev hit The Apex Predator with an impressive fallaway slam into the barricade.

With the lingering specter of the RKO still lurking, Rusev opted to simply brutalize Orton. The offense was indeed punishing, but the former United States Champion may have taken a bit too long to savor in his own skills. He opted for holds instead of strikes, paused for the occasional triumphant pose and seemed generally confident that Orton would simply wear out down the stretch.

The Bulgarian Brute didn’t immediately roll over once Orton started to get inventive, but a few expertly-picked maneuvers by the 13-time World Champion slowly began to whittle the mighty Superstar down to size. A backdrop to the barricade slowed Rusev, and a collision with the ring post left him loopy. Rusev almost succeeded with a jaw-dropping attempt of an Accolade outta nowhere, but The Viper’s ensuing escape left The Super Athlete just tripped up enough that Orton was able to strike with a thunderous RKO. Happy Orton Day.

WWE Summerslam Results — August 20th, 2017
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Randy Orton def. Rusev

There’s a reason why they call it an “RKO out of nowhere.” And Rusev can tell you all about it.

One sudden RKO was all it took for Randy Orton to put down The Super Athlete at SummerSlam 2017 in a matter of seconds. Although Rusev was the first man to strike — waylaying Orton before the bell and brutalizing him at ringside — it was Orton who struck best inside the sold-out Barclays Center.

After surviving Rusev’s brutal pre-match attack, The Viper was granted a few moments to recuperate by the referee before the bout began in earnest. The Apex Predator took his time, and as soon as he told the official to call for the bell, he was ready.

Rusev rushed in to finish Orton off, but The Viper saw it coming. He sidestepped The Bulgarian Brute, sent him into the turnbuckle and then nailed him with a head-ringing RKO as soon as he turned around.

It was elementary from there, as the referee counted to three to wrap up a match that barely lasted 10 seconds.

A year after he was brutalized by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, Randy Orton found retribution. As for Rusev? Rest assured he’ll be on the hunt for some retribution of his own.

WWE Battleground Results — July 23rd, 2017
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WWE Champion Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton (Punjabi Prison Match)
Jinder Mahal left Randy Orton in ruins inside the Punjabi Prison at WWE Battleground to retain the WWE Championship, and he had some big help in achieving the task.

No, it wasn’t The Singh Brothers who enabled Mahal to escape the Prison to achieve the victory. The Modern-Day Maharaja’s trusted lieutenants were initially barred from entering the champion’s chosen battleground, and they met a grisly fate when they defied that mandate. Mahal’s help came in the form of his “personal hero” and the originator of the Punjabi Prison itself — former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali.

The Great Khali makes a surprise return to assist Jinder Mahal in his Punjabi Prison Match with Randy Orton: WWE Battleground 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)01:35
The Great Khali stuns the WWE Universe with a surprise appearance to assist WWE Champion Jinder Mahal in a barbaric Punjabi Prison Match against The Viper: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The Punjabi Giant’s return didn’t come a moment too soon, either. Orton’s prediction that Mahal had blundered by locking himself in a cage with The Viper had proven to be incredibly prescient. Orton used every inch of the steel-enforced bamboo to accentuate his cruel intentions, and the best thing Mahal could say about failing to walk through three of the inner cage’s four doors in the allotted 60-second increments was that Orton had failed to do so as well.

The Modern-Day Maharaja only made it through Door No. 4 after The Singh Brothers emerged from under the ring and helped haul him, half-unconscious from an RKO, through the door. What followed was a literal race to the end, as a groggy Mahal attempted to climb the outer structure while Orton effortlessly scaled the inner cage and stepped over to the outside one, landing right next to the champion and instantly resuming the punishment.

Mahal vs. Orton
The Modern-Day Maharaja steps into the dangerous Punjabi Prison to put his WWE Championship on the line against the retribution-minded Viper.

The Apex Predator managed to get Mahal off the cage by slamming his head into it, and The Singh Brothers struck again, yanking the 13-time World Champion off the cage and feeding him into a knee from Mahal. The Viper once again dismantled Sunil & Samir, even punching the latter off the side of the structure and through the commentary table when Samir wormed his way through the holes of the cage and attempted to counter Orton’s ascent.

With Mahal down to one foot-soldier, a battered and bruised Orton went to work with a steel chair, lacing into The Maharaja and Sunil Singh with impunity. Now with a clear path to the outside, Orton began his exit — and then The Great Khali made his entrance. The 7-foot-1 titan shook the entire structure with bare hands, causing Orton to nearly fall from the top. Khali then wrapped his massive hand around The Viper’s neck and refused to let go.

Mahal paused only to sneer in the ensnared Orton’s face before continuing his descent down the structure to the floor for the win. With his championship in hand, his country behind him and a giant at his side, Mahal came to Battleground with a prison to his name. Before this is all over, he may well end up with an empire.

WWE Money in the Bank Results — June 18th, 2017
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WWE Champion Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton
Randy Orton’s homecoming could have been a triumph of unprecedented proportions. Thanks to Jinder Mahal, it turned into a nightmare.

The Modern Day Maharaja didn’t just defeat The Apex Predator to retain the WWE Championship he won in shocking fashion last month at WWE Backlash, he did it in front of Orton’s hometown crowd and a cadre of “St. Louis Legends” at ringside that included Greg Gagne, Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Baron Von Raschke, Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair and The Viper’s father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton.

With that kind of support, Orton was feeling it from the second he walked through the curtain, and the crowd’s chants of “RKO” very nearly willed The Viper to hit his fearsome finishing move just seconds into the match. But thanks to an assist from The Singh Brothers, Orton found himself flipped over the ropes to the tune of a tweaked knee, and the 50th WWE Champion quickly went to work, unleashing a smothering attack on The Viper’s injured knee that included a Figure-Four Leglock in mockery of The Nature Boy at ringside.

It was when Mahal attempted to mock Cowboy Bob at ringside with a superplex, however, that Orton found his fury once again. The Viper freed himself to administer his father’s signature move himself and, moments later, got the better of Mahal in a forearm-uppercut exchange before hitting him with the hanging DDT. Finally in his groove, Orton landed the RKO … and the Singh Brothers saved Mahal again, placing The Maharaja’s foot on the rope in a blatant attempt to get him disqualified. Orton would have none of it.

The Apex Predator petitioned — successfully — to stop referee Mike Chioda from throwing the match out. He settled for ejecting The Singh Brothers instead, but Sunil & Samir’s threatening of Cowboy Bob at ringside landed them in Orton’s warpath. Yes, Samir got backdropped onto the commentary table again, and no, Orton didn’t seem to feel remotely bad about it this time. (Samir also caught an RKO on the floor; Sunil took one through the table.)

Thanks to The Singh Brothers’ persistent meddling, Mahal once more had time to recover. And once more, The Maharaja was ready when Orton turned his attention back to him. The Viper wandered straight into the path of the Khallas, and Mahal retained his WWE Title. The upshot of all this? It doesn’t matter whose house Mahal is in, whose father is at ringside, or what the WWE Universe chants: The era of The Modern Day Maharaja is here, and it is here to stay.

WWE Backlash Results — May 21st, 2017
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Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton to become the new WWE Champion
In the future, when Jinder Mahal claims his time has come, we would be wise to take him at his word. The Maharaja completed the most improbable career turn in recent memory at WWE Backlash and defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship, putting to rest a brazen, month-long campaign where the young Superstar stared down a 13-time World Champion and refused to blink once in the face of his foe.

In hindsight, that might have just served as more motivation for The Apex Predator: Orton jumped Mahal and beat him down before the match even started, sending Sunil & Samir Singh scurrying in the process. Mahal refused to allow the match to be called off, but he was easy pickings for The Viper at the start, coming a half-second away from eating an RKO.

The only early offense The Maharaja managed to get in came after throwing Orton into the LED boards on the side of the ring. Orton’s left shoulder absorbed the collision, and though he got his hits in where he could, Mahal took each of them and stayed the course, grinding away at The Viper’s injured arm to such a degree that Orton never truly recovered.

Orton did find daylight by sending Mahal shoulder-first into the ring post and executing a suplex, but the champion kept his left arm close to his body for the whole match, and each signature move he executed seemed to wear slowly away at his pain threshold. Mahal continued the punishment by throwing Orton twice into the ring post, but when The Singh Brothers saved the Maharaja from an RKO, The Apex Predator turned his attention to Sunil & Samir.

He may, ultimately, wish he hadn’t. Orton’s dismantling of Mahal’s acolytes was textbook (he even seemed a little guilty after sending one of them tumbling almost 360 degrees through the air), but when he executed a double hanging DDT on both brothers, Mahal ran up from behind and administered the Khallas to win the WWE Championship.

Seizing hold of the championship, Jinder Mahal celebrated in and among a shocked WWE Universe, the hopes of his nation fulfilled, his claims of superiority vindicated, and the confidence of a man who will never, ever be hindered again.

WWE Payback Results — April 30th, 2017
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Bray Wyatt def. Randy Orton in a House of Horrors Match
Bray Wyatt overcame Randy Orton in an unspeakable House of Horrors Match, thanks in part to a surprise attack by Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers.

The horrific rivalry between WWE Champion Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt would reach a frightening new level when The New Face of Fear re-emerged after WrestleMania to challenge The Viper to a House of Horrors Match. Though WWE’s Apex Predator admitted that he did not know what he was getting himself into, he was determined to defy Wyatt and accepted the mysterious challenge.

With very little known about the ominous contest itself, it was learned prior to the bout that it would be a No Holds Barred Match that would begin in Bray Wyatt’s mysterious House of Horrors and end in the sold-out SAP Center with either a pinfall or submission.

From the moment Orton was driven up to the House of Horrors, he encountered a series of terrorizing sights. When he dared to approach the house itself, Orton spotted Wyatt in the window and proceeded to kick the door open. There, The Viper stepped into a dwelling filled with truly unspeakable evil. Among the dark distractions that filled every corner and shadow of the space, The Eater of Worlds appeared from nowhere and unleashed an all-out assault, dismantling both his opponent and the house. Whenever Orton managed to gain an advantage, Wyatt would disappear, then use the interfering horrors of his establishment to regain the advantage.

The first part of this showdown culminated in the House of Horrors’ kitchen, where both Superstars ruthlessly brawled with each other before Wyatt escaped by dropping a refrigerator on his adversary. Making his way outside, The Eater of Worlds mystically turned the entire house from blue to red before taking his leave to finish the match at the SAP Center.

Back at the arena, a war-torn Bray Wyatt came forth, as speculation began to fly of an imminent forfeiture from Orton. But, in the ring, The Viper was there to meet his foe with a chair already in hand. Though Orton was clearly ready to use the No Holds Barred stipulation to its fullest extent, it wasn’t long before he was suddenly attacked, first with a two-on-one assault by Sunil and Samir Singh, and then by Jinder Mahal – who used Orton’s stolen WWE Championship as a weapon. This onslaught allowed Wyatt to pick up the victory with Sister Abigail.

How will WWE’s Apex Predator respond to Mahal’s attack en route to their WWE Championship clash at Backlash on May 21? Find out this Tuesday night at 8/7 C on SmackDown LIVE.

Wrestlemania XXXIII Results — April 2nd, 2017
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Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt to win the WWE Championship
Randy Orton delivered a venomous RKO to his former Wyatt Family “brother” Bray Wyatt, striking down The New Face of Fear at The Ultimate Thrill Ride to claim the WWE Championship.

The Viper and The Eater of Worlds’ dramatic rivalry has been one of the most unusual and personal conflicts in recent memory. Add the fact that these two feared competitors were battling for SmackDown LIVE’s most prized possession, and it’s not surprising that their clash at WrestleMania 33 was such a memorable one.

After weeks of mind games, The Apex Predator and The Reaper of Souls charged at the sound of the bell, wasting no time in unleashing a flurry of blows on one another. However, even in the middle of the ring, the mental – or perhaps supernatural – side of this rivalry continued. As Wyatt, perched upside down in the corner of the ring, looked at his opponent, images of maggots consumed the entire canvas. Moments later, while a dazed Orton again lay prone in the middle of the ring, images of worms appeared all over the mat.

Despite Wyatt’s mind games, Orton let his actions speak for themselves when he hit an RKO on the WWE Champion outside the ring. Amazingly, the pinfall attempt produced only a two-count, forcing the challenger to continue wearing down the titleholder with his calculated attack. Orton’s momentum was soon halted, however, when Wyatt delivered Sister Abigail on his former Family cohort.

Roaches appeared to fill up the ring around Orton as the champion stalked his foe with his spine-tingling spider walk. Yet, as Wyatt readied himself to deliver the final blow on his adversary, Orton struck out of nowhere with another RKO. This time, it was enough for Orton to pick up the win and claim his ninth WWE Championship. Whether it was enough to end his bitter rivalry with Bray Wyatt, however, is a question that will be answered another time.