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Backstage: Matt Striker is backstage with the returning Randy Orton. Matt Striker welcomed the Viper back and asked how he is feeling. Randy Orton stated that he’s fine and for a bit he wasn’t feeling himself, but he claims he is back to normal…and by normal, he meant angry, cold-blooded, and hell-bent on getting revenge on Daniel Bryan. Orton continued by clarifying that he was not angry at the World Heavyweight Champion for giving him the concussion a few week’s back. He was more upset at the fact that he costed him the opportunity to walk into Wrestlemania as World Heavyweight Champion. Orton said that this was a steep price that Bryan had to pay, and tonight…”He collects.”
World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan def. Randy Orton by Count-out
After Daniel Bryan attacked Randy Orton on the Feb. 13 edition of Raw SuperShow – thereby denying him his spot in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match, a possible World Heavyweight Title and a chance to headline WrestleMania – WWE’s Apex Predator returned to SmackDown on a venomous quest of retribution.
In the punishing encounter that ensued Friday night, Bryan managed to escape two RKO’s before retreating outside the ring, with The Viper fast on his tail. However, just as Orton was about to deliver a devastating DDT onto the ringside floor, the vicious Kane suddenly emerged. Seizing the unexpected opportunity, Bryan hurled Orton into the steel ring post before jumping through the ropes to win the match by count-out.
Without skipping a beat, The Big Red Monster and WWE’s Apex Predator began an intense post-match brawl, one which culminated in Orton receiving an earth-shattering chokeslam to the canvas. Seizing the mic, the sadistic Kane leaned down toward the battle-worn Viper and eerily replied, “Welcome back.”