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Randy Orton

Randal Keith Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and actor.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

WrestleMania 21 (2005)

The feud first started on the March 7 edition of Raw when Orton challenged Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania billed as "Legend vs. Legend Killer" match. Orton had been inspired by WWE Hall of Fame member, Superstar Billy Graham, who encouraged him to "go where no wrestler has gone before". Three days later on SmackDown, Undertaker accepted Orton's challenge.

On the March 14 episode of Raw, during Chris Jericho's "Highlight Reel" segment, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, attempted to give Orton advice about his match with Undertaker at WrestleMania, but received an RKO by Orton when Orton wasn't cooperating. On March 17, a contract signing for the match was scheduled to take place, and was attended by the SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long, and Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff. The Undertaker immediately signed the contract; however, before Orton signed the contract, he cut a promo on the Undertaker, stating that he has nothing but respect for him and then claimed that the legend of the Undertaker will become a myth when his 12–0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania, would soon be 12–1. Afterwords, he then slapped the Undertaker. Orton fled the ring after the Undertaker began to fill the arena with smoke, and didn't sign the contract.

The next week on Raw, Orton claimed that his confidence was at an all-time high, despite what happened on SmackDown the week before. Shortly thereafter, Orton turned into a villain and furthered his Legend Killer gimmick by performing an RKO on Stacy Keibler, who was his girlfriend at the time. Orton taunted the Undertaker for the next couple weeks, but the Undertaker responded with taunts of his own, as he attacked other superstars. On the final SmackDown! before WrestleMania, Orton's father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, begged the Undertaker to have mercy on Orton. It ultimately proved to be a set-up, however, as Orton attacked the Undertaker and performed an RKO on him just to show an example of what could happen at WrestleMania when he faces the Undertaker.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Randy Orton/Batista/Ric Flair The Rock/Mick Foley New York, New York XX Handicap match March 14, 2004
Undertaker Randy Orton Los Angeles, California 21 Singles match April 3, 2005
Rey Mysterio Randy Orton, Kurt Angle Rosemont, Illinois 22 Triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship April 2, 2006
Mr. Kennedy Randy Orton, CM Punk, Finlay, Matt Hardy, King Booker (with Queen Sharmell), Jeff Hardy, Edge Detroit, Michigan 23 Money in the Bank ladder match April 1, 2007
Randy Orton John Cena, Triple H Orlando, Florida XXIV Triple threat match for the WWE Championship March 30, 2008
Triple H Randy Orton Houston, Texas XXV Singles match for the WWE Championship April 5, 2009
Randy Orton Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Glendale, Arizona XXVI Triple threat match March 28, 2010
Randy Orton CM Punk Atlanta, Georgia XXVII Singles match April 3, 2011
Kane Randy Orton Miami, Florida XXVIII Singles match April 1, 2012
Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns Randy Orton/Sheamus/Big Show East Rutherford, New Jersey 29 Six-man tag team match April 7, 2013
Daniel Bryan Randy Orton, Batista New Orleans, Louisiana XXX Triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship April 6, 2014
Randy Orton Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) Santa Clara, California 31 Singles match March 29, 2015
Randy Orton Bray Wyatt Orlando, Florida 33 Singles match for the WWE Championship April 2, 2017
Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh) Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Rusev (with Aiden English) New Orleans, Louisiana 34 Fatal four-way match for the WWE United States Championship April 8, 2018

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Full nelson slam – OVW; used as a signature in WWE thereafter
    • O-Zone (Overdrive)
    • RKO (Jumping cutter, sometimes used at an elevated position or as a sudden counter to an opponent, with theatrics) – 2003–present
  • Signature moves
    • Corner clothesline
    • Diving crossbody
    • Dropkick
    • Elevated DDT, most often performed on a wrestler hanging from the middle rope
    • European uppercut
    • Gutwrench elevated neckbreaker
    • Inverted headlock backbreaker
    • Leaping knee drop
    • Lou Thesz press followed by mounted punches
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly-to-back, sometimes onto the barricade
      • Exploder
      • Side belly-to-belly
      • Slingshot
      • Super – adopted from his father
    • Olympic slam
    • Snap scoop powerslam
    • Swinging neckbreaker
  • With Batista
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Batista Bomb (Batista) into an inverted RKO (Orton) combination
  • Managers

Championships and accomplishments

  • World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
    • World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
    • World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Edge
    • WWE Championship (9 times)
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
    • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
    • Money in the Bank (2013)
    • Royal Rumble (2009, 2017)
    • Seventeenth Triple Crown Champion
    • Slammy Award for Hashtag of the Year (2014) – #RKOOuttaNowhere
WWE Champions
Bruno SammartinoBob Backlund ● Iron Sheik ● Hulk HoganAndré the GiantUltimate WarriorSgt. SlaughterUndertakerRic FlairBret HartYokozunaDieselShawn MichaelsSycho SidStone Cold Steve AustinKaneThe RockMankindTriple HMr. McMahonBig ShowKurt AngleChris JerichoBrock LesnarEddie GuerreroJBLJohn CenaEdgeRob Van DamRandy OrtonJeff HardyBatista ● Sheamus ● The Miz ● CM Punk ● Alberto Del Rio ● Daniel Bryan
WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
Royal Rumble winners
Jim Duggan (1988) ● Big John Studd (1989) ● Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991) ● Ric Flair (1992) ● Yokozuna (1993) ● Bret Hart and Lex Luger (1994) ● Shawn Michaels (1995 and 1996) ● Stone Cold Steve Austin (1997, 1998 and 2001) ● Mr. McMahon (1999) ● The Rock (2000) ● Triple H (2002 and 2016) ● Brock Lesnar (2003) ● Batista (2005 and 2014) ● Undertaker (2007) ● John Cena (2008 and 2013) ● Randy Orton (2009 and 2017) ● Edge (2010) ● Alberto Del Rio (2011) ● Sheamus (2012)
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