Randy Orton makes his way to the ring as he makes his return to Raw after returning last night at Fastlane.
Randy says that he is not the guy who come out here to talk your ears off for twenty minutes in a long promo or monologue but he has something to get off his chest. He has been out of action for the last four months because of the Authority and Seth Rollins. In case you forgot why Orton has been gone, we see the footage from November when he got curb stomped by Rollins.
Randy says for the last four month he has been replaying that moment over and over in his head. That is why he is back. He is here to say that he is just getting started. Last night, Seth Rollins got away, but it was just a stay of execution. There will be no more hiding or running.
Randy tells Seth to get his ass out right now.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Big Show, and Kane make their way to the ring.
Stephanie is going to be the spokesperson for the Authority. She welcomes Randy back and she says that Randy made a hell of a return at Fastlane as well as tonight. Even though it happened at the expense of the Authority, that is the Randy Orton that the people love. Stephanie says that is the Randy she wants as the face of the WWE.
Randy says that he is not part of the Authority. He will not forgive Seth Rollins. All he is going to do is bash his brains in.
Stephanie says that Randy can forgive Seth. The face and future of the WWE can co-exist. You left us no choice four months ago. We can forgive you so come back home.
Randy says that he would rather kick some ass than kiss some ass.
Big Show decides to talk some sense into Randy. He says he knows that Randy is frustrated. All that anger and frustration inside, he can understand. Show says that he has had to put some anger and frustration aside. Joining the Authority was the best decision that he ever made. Show says that he knows Orton.
Show says Orton coming back to the Authority is the best decision he could make.
Orton says coming back to the Authority would mean ‘selling out’.
Stephanie tells Randy to look her in the eyes. She says that Randy is not a good guy. He does what he does not for the love of the crowd, but for his own rewards. You have done deplorable things for those rewards. Some of those acts have been against her family. She mentions that some things have even happened against her. She says that she is asking Randy to listen to them. She is not trying to force his hands. She wants a business conference so they can discuss this as professionals. She wants Orton to come back home.
They leave the ring, except for Triple H, who stares at Orton. Hunter leaves the ring.
Randy tells them to wait a moment as they are about to go to the back. He says he will be there and he will see them for the business meeting.
Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback
Man, is Rowan’s theme music the worst ever or what?
Rollins and Ziggler started. Ziggler evaded him early, then cut off Ziggler and worked him over in the corner. Ziggler was able to tag out to Rowan, who began working over Rollins. Rollins scrambled to his corner and tagged in Kane. Kane was slammed and hit with a legdrop. Rowan went to the ropes and nailed a clothesline for a two count.
Big Show tagged in and used a bunch of headbutts. He charged into the corner but was kicked away by Rowan. They went to the outside, where Show was shoved into the ringpost but moved as Rowan went for a kick, so Rowan injured his leg. Team Authority took turns working over Rowan’s leg. Rollins used a neckbreaker off the ropes for a two count.
Show locked on a grapevine submission on Rowan’s leg. Rollins tagged in but was nailed by a spinkick with the bad leg. Ryback tagged in and nailed a Thesz Press but missed a splash. Rollins went for a Curb Stomp but was caught and slammed. Kane took the Meathook to save Rollins. Ryback went for Shellshock but Rollins slipped out and used a superkick to the head for a two count. Rollins missed a move off the top but nailed a kick to the gut. Ryback absorbed it and nailed the Shellshock on Rollins. Before he could capitalize, Ryback was nailed by Big Show with a splash.
Kane and Ziggler tagged in. Zigger shoved him into Show and went for the Famouser. Kane caught him for a sideslam but Ziggler slipped out and kicked him. He nailed a Famouser on Rollins and worked over Kane but Show nailed him with a KO punch from the outside. Kane covered him for the pin.
Winners: Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane
After the match: They continued beating on Ziggler and the others when Randy Orton, to his theme song, hit the ring and made the sav with RKO after RKO. Orton went after Rollins, who escaped and ran out through the crowd. Rollins ran all the way to his car.
Brock Lesnar took WWE by storm in his rookie year, capturing the WWE Championship at age 25, but another blue-chipper needed to fill the void when Brock left after WrestleMania XX.
At the time, Randy Orton was the promising star of Evolution who reinvigorated the Intercontinental Championship and wanted to step into the main event scene. With Lesnar gone, The Legend Killer graduated into a Legend in his own right, winning nine World Titles (and three more since The Beast Incarnate returned to WWE). Orton saw the opportunity to forge his own destiny without the monstrous Lesnar in his way and he grabbed on, never letting go.
Lesnar and Orton battled once before — back when the former was WWE Champion and the latter was only 22. Orton gave Lesnar a run for his money back then, so imagine how epic the matchup would be with both Superstars primed, experienced and at their best.
#11 Randy Orton’s RKO
What’s in a name? For Randal Keith Orton, it’s a lightning-quick front face neckbreaker that has defined a career filled with venom and victory.
A year after his WWE debut in May 2002, Randy Orton figuratively stamped his initials on a move he modified from Johnny Ace’s “Ace Crusher.” Like a true Viper sinking its fangs, Orton renders opponents motionless with a three-quarters facelock before driving them head-first into the canvas. The result has proved more pivotal to Orton’s personal evolution than even his time under the tutelage of Triple H and Ric Flair — with the RKO, this son of WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton transformed into a destroyer of ring icons, cemented a legacy of championship glory and put a WWE-imposed face on an Apex Predator.
#23 Cesaro vs. Randy Orton (SmackDown; Feb. 14)
Since his arrival in WWE, many had pegged Cesaro as a star of the future. But The Swiss Superman did not get a chance to truly prove it until he faced then–WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton on Valentine’s Day 2014. Cesaro showed off his impressive strength, mat wrestling ability and powerful striking acumen. With Zeb Colter and, surprisingly, the WWE Universe, willing him on, Cesaro took everything The Viper had and answered with blistering offense of his own. The King of Swing lived up to his moniker, dizzying Orton with his patented Cesaro Swing.
In the end, The Swiss Superman reversed an attempted top-rope superplex into a sunset flip powerbomb, followed up with a bone-rattling European Uppercut and the Neutralizer to pick up what should have been a star-making victory. — Bobby Melok