Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
They go back and forth with comments before doing anything physical. Owens pushes Orton and Orton kicks Owens. They exchange punches and Orton with a European uppercut and kick. Orton with another European uppercut and Owens goes to the floor.
Owens tries to get back into the ring but Orton tries to cut him off so Owens stays on the floor. Orton goes after Owens on the floor and they go back and forth with punches. Orton sends Owens into the ringside barrier. Owens with a punch but Orton with an Irish whip into the ringside barrier and a clothesline.
Orton rolls Owens back into the ring and he starts with the Garvin Stomp. Owens with a clothesline and he kicks Orton and does his own version of the Garvin Stomp. Owens punches Orton and Orton stops a European uppercut and hits a drop kick. Owens goes to the floor and Orton follows Owens to the floor again. Orton with European uppercuts but Owens sends Orton into the ring post and then hits a Fallaway Slam into the ringside barrier and we go to commercial.
We are back and Owens with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches but Owens with a short arm clothesline and back senton for a near fall. Owens rubs his elbow against Orton’s neck. Owens kicks Orton and then picks him up and punches Orton. Orton with a kick but Owens with a punch. Orton and Owens exchange European uppercuts and then Orton with a back breaker and both men are down.
Owens sends Orton into the turnbuckles and connects with a clothesline in the corner followed by another clothesline. Owens with a knee to the midsection for a near fall. Owens yells at Michael Cole and wants to know how that looks. Owens punches Orton in the midsection. Owens with elbows in the corner. Owens with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner but Owens misses the cannonball when Orton moves.
Orton with two clotheslines and then he ducks a clothesline and hits a vintage power slam. Orton looks around but he runs into an elbow. Owens comes off the turnbuckles and Orton with an exploder but Owens rolls to the apron. Orton picks up Owens and sets for the IEDDT but Owens drops Orton on the top rope. Owens pulls Orton to the floor and Orton Irish whips Owens into the ringside barrier.
Sheamus gets up and he hits Orton with a Brogue Kick and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Randy Orton (by Disqualification)
After the match: Sheamus rolls Orton into the ring and Owens follows but Cesaro comes to the ring and he hits Sheamus with a European uppercut and then Cesaro with a splash onto Owens. Cesaro with a European uppercut to Sheamus and then he kicks Sheamus. Owens with a pop up power bomb to Cesaro.
John Cena, Ceasro, and Randy Orton versus Kevin Owens, Sheamus, and Rusev (with Summer Rae)
Cena and Owens start things off and Owens tags in Rusev before doing anything. Cena with a side head lock and flying shoulder tackle. Cena goes for a second one but Rusev catches Cena and hits a Fallaway slam and he kicks Cena. Rusev chokes Cena and he tags in Owens who punches Cena. Owens stomps on Cena and he taunts Cena.
Owens picks up Cena and he tries for the pop up power bomb but Cena leaps over Owens. Cena tries for the STF but Owens kicks Cena away and hits a DDT. Owens misses a cannonball when Cena moves out of the way. Sheamus and Cesaro tag in and Cesaro with a cross body and a running European uppercut followed by more European uppercuts in the corner. Cesaro with a HEY and then he sets for a Giant Swing but Owens interferes. Cesaro with a back drop to Owens but Rusev with a jumping thrust kick and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with a reverse chin lock on Cesaro. Sheamus with a front face lock and Cesaro with a suplex to escape the hold but Owens tags in and he sends Cesaro to the apron. Cesaro with a kick to Owens and he takes care of Rusev. Sheamus tags in and he hits a running knee lift and clothesline. Sheamus wants to know if we are entertained.
Cesaro with a European uppercut but Sheamus with a kick and he tags in Rusev. Cesaro punches Rusev and Cesaro hits the Alpamare Water Slide and both men are down. Owens tags in and he tries for a boot in the corner but Cesaro with a European uppercut. Cesaro with a rollup for a near fall. Owens with a Codebreaker and then Sheamus argues with Owens. Owens and Sheamus push each other and Sheamus hits Owens and leaves with his briefcase.
Cesaro crawls to his corner and Owens stops Cesaro from making the tag but Rusev is down on the floor. Cesaro kicks Owens but Owens with a back senton. Owens makes a forceful tag to Rusev in the chest and Owens walks away and hits a super kick on Rusev. Owens walks away.
Cesaro continues his crawl across the ring to make the tag and Orton tags in and he hits two clotheslines and then ducks a clothesline from Rusev and hits a power slam. Rusev with a knee but Orton with a kick and punch. Orton sends Rusev to the mat and Orton with an Exploder that sends Rusev to the apron. Cena with the IEDDT to Rusev and then Orton looks around and turns to the mat for the RKO push ups. Orton tries for the RKO but Rusev escapes and he hits a jumping thrust kick.
Lana Classic makes her way to the ring and she goes after New Lana and they argue on the floor. Lana throws a shoe at Summer and we have a mini skirt cat fight. Lana tells Summer not to touch her again.
Rusev, despite saying he is over Lana, ignores that there is STILL A MATCH GOING ON. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment followed by the Giant Swing and then Cesaro catapults Orton into an RKO and Orton gets the three count.
Winners: Cesaro, John Cena, and Randy Orton
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Sheamus acted as if he was ready to fight, then went to the floor to avoid Orton. The fans were all over him chanting, “You look stupid.” They locked up and Orton and Sheamus exchanged holds as they tried to attack the other’s arm.
Orton got the better of Sheamus, who went to the floor. This time, Orton followed and sent Sheamus into the barricade and tossed him into the ring. Sheamus immediately rolled to the outside where Orton caught him with a clothesline.
Orton tossed Sheamus back into the ring and drilled him with kicks. Sheamus and Orton exchanged uppercuts. Sheamus cut off Orton and nailed several backbreakers. He worked over Orton and locked him in a side chinlock. Orton fought his way out but was sent into the corner. Sheamus charged but Orton avoided him. Sheamus drilled his shoulder into the ringpost.
They battled back and forth while on their knees and then returned to their feet. Orton caught him with several clotheslines. He went for the snap powerslam but Sheamus held onto the ropes to avoid it. Sheamus went for White Noise but Orton avoided it and clotheslined him over the top to the floor. Sheamus pulled Orton to the floor. They battled and Orton slammed him on the announce table.
They returned to the ring where Sheamus missed The Brogue Kick and was caught with the Powerslam for a two count. Sheamus came back with the rolling Senton for a two count. Sheamus and Orton avoided each other’s finishers. Sheamus went for the Texas Cloverleaf but Orton escaped. Sheamus nailed White Noise for a two count.
Sheamus continued working him over with uppercuts but was cut off with several right hands and an exploder suplex. Orton stalked Sheamus, who was down in the corner, then beat him with right hands in the corner. Sheamus slipped out underneath and nailed Orton with Snake-Eyes. Sheamus went to the top but Orton caught him. They exchanged punches.
Orton went for a superplex and scored with it. JBL noted that was the move Orton’s father used to put a lot of people away. Randy, however, did not, as Sheamus kicked out. JBL said Scott Irwin created the superplex.
Orton went for the hanging DDT off the ropes and scored it. Sheamus came back and locked in the Texas Cloverleaf. Orton fought his way to the ropes but Sheamus pulled him back. Orton finally escaped and then caught Sheamus out of nowhere with the RKO for the pin.
Winner: Randy Orton
You can listen to Randy’s interview by click here.
Back in his hometown for WWE’s Battleground PPV tomorrow night at Scottrade Center, WWE Superstar Randy Orton made a stop by Busch Stadium to talk some baseball and take in the St. Louis Cardinals game against the New York Mets tonight.
“I’ve seen so many locker rooms, so many arenas, but ballparks–not so much,” said Orton, who toured the clubhouse and team facilities after batting practice. “Their training facility was amazing. The rehab stuff they had was great.” Orton, who’s battled through shoulder and other injuries over the course of his WWE career, compared notes with several of the players on their own injuries. “Adams was telling me about his quad and how far out he is, how he’ll be able to swing in a couple of weeks,” relayed Orton. “As an athlete, you kind of do what you’ve got to do–you ice it, you do therapy, you see the doc and do what the doc says. You’ve got that hunger inside to come back so you know you’re eventually going to get back there.
“To see Matt Adams here, injured and on the DL but with all the boys here for support, here to be part of the team, one of the guys–it reminded me of how the WWE locker room is. It’s a band of brothers. Everyone kind of has each other’s back and you could feel that in there and it’s a good feeling.”
Recently engaged, Orton was joined by two of his three soon-to-be stepsons and seeing their excitement at meeting the ballplayers reminded him of the kids who meet the WWE superstars before events. It also took Randy back to his days growing up in North County and cheering for the Cardinals. “Ozzie Smith, that was my dude,” stated Orton. “With my schedule, it’s hard to keep up with everything. but to get kind of revitalized with the whole Cardinals and the baseball thing, and to come down here and meet everybody–I would say I’m a born-again fan. I’m going to have to get back into it.” It will be a family affair at Battleground for Orton, who is a third-generation wrestler. While his father, Cowboy Bob Orton, still frequents events and occasionally still climbs in the ring, it will be Momma Orton seated in the front row to watch her son take on Sheamus.
@JoeyStyles: Knowing that he can have a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match whenever he damn well pleases, I expect The Celtic Warrior to walk away and take a loss by intentional count-out when he senses that an RKO is coming “outta nowhere.” WINNER: Randy Orton
@HowardFinkel: I have been a big advocate of The Celtic Warrior since he returned to WWE with a new attitude and look. And winning the Money in the Bank contract was a huge feather in the Irishman’s cap! But that was then and this is now. This match could go either way, but I feel that The Viper will be a mere three seconds better than Sheamus this Sunday. WINNER: Randy Orton
Anthony Benigno: Randy Orton’s brief leave of absence opened the door for Sheamus to run rampant, and The Apex Predator’s return has Mr. Money in the Bank appropriately shook. The Celtic Warrior was made a fool on Raw by Orton’s mocking RKO, which means he’ll have a grudge going into their Battleground brawl. And, as we all know, an angry Sheamus is the most effective Sheamus. WINNER: Sheamus
Jeff Laboon: Randy Orton is the most vindictive Superstar of all time. Every time Orton thinks about Sheamus, he thinks about how that Money in the Bank contract should travel with him. WINNER: Randy Orton
Bobby Melok: Don’t expect too many headlocks and hip-tosses when The Viper and The Celtic Warrior enter the ring. An all-out brawl favors Sheamus, so look for Mr. Money in the Bank to be victorious, despite Orton’s home field advantage in St. Louis. WINNER: Sheamus
Randy Orton: 3, Sheamus: 2