WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton was interviewed. He said that it didn’t matter if it was Batista, CM Punk, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan or anyone else, he was the true face of the WWE. He called Wyatt a Duck Dynasty lookalike Hillbilly reject. He said that tonight he was going to show the world that John Cena wasn’t the face of WWE, either.
Randy Orton vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
John Cena came out all smiles and played to the crowd. Uh, didn’t he want to murder Randy Orton last week for beating up his father? They locked up and Orton used a side headlock takedown and they began exchanging holds. Orton caught Cena with a right hand and stomped the hell out of him. The crowd chanted for Bryan.
Cena came back with a bulldog for a two count. The crowd chanted for Bryan, Randy Savage and Y2J. Orton cut off Cena who came back and attempted a Boston Crab. Orton kicked him out of the ring. The crowd chanted for Undertaker.
Orton locked in a chinlock. The crowd chanted “Boring” which wasn’t fair to them. Cena made a comeback and clotheslined Orton over the top to the floor. He followed Orton to the floor but was sent into the ring steps. Cena tried to go for the AA but Orton got free and worked over Cena with stomps. The crowd chanted, “You both suck.” Ouch!
Orton played to the crowd on the ropes. Cena slipped from behind and nailed him with the Electric Chair. Cena nailed his usual series of offensive maneuvers and was booed out of the building for it. He went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but was kicked in the face and nailed with a snap powerslam for a two count.
Cena nailed a back suplex into a neckbreaker for a two count. Cena went to the top rope but Orton cut him off. Orton went for a superplex. He was knocked off. Cena hit the Sicilian Slice off the ropes for a two count. I bet Little Guido wishes he got royalties for that!
Cena went for the AA but Orton slipped out and nailed his backbreaker variation. He covered Cena for a two count. Orton went for the hanging DDT but Cena escaped and backdropped Orton over the top to the floor. Orton almost landed on the ring steps on the floor, which would have been disastrous. He recovered and caught Cena as he was leaving the ring with the hanging DDT on the floor.
Vince McMahon wished Randy Orton well in his match.
WWE champion John Cena vs. World champ Randy Orton TLC Match to determine the WWE World Heavyweight champion.
They were playing this up as the biggest match of all time. They are also acting like Chris Jericho didn’t unify the belts, so whatever – it’s their story.
They locked up and went back and forth grappling. Cena shoulderblocked Orton down and went for a ladder. Orton tried to stop him but he nailed Orton with it. Cena went for a table and brought it into the ring. Cena and Orton battled. Cena went for the AA but Orton went to the outside and grabbed a chair. He used the chair to keep Cena at bay and kicked the ladder out of the ring.
They battled over the chair but Orton kicked Cena in the gut and then drilled him twice with the chair. Cena went to the floor. Orton stalked him with a chair but missed and hit the ringpost, hurting his hands. Cena began unloading with the chair on the floor.
Cena set up another table on the outside of the ring on the floor. He went to use it against Orton but was fought off and sent into the ringside steel stairs. Orton brought Cena back into the ring and worked him over, using the Garvin Stomp and kicks to take Cena back down when he fought his way up.
Cena fought off Orton and set up a ladder. He tried to climb and retrieve the belts but Orton caught him and nailed a belly to back suplex into the ring below. Orton closed the ladder and charged Cena with it. Cena ducked and the ladder went to the floor. Orton grabbed a chair and beat the hell out of Orton with it.
Cena ducked a right hand and hit the tackles and the Blue Thunder Bomb, then went for thge Five Knuckle Shuffle. Orton kicked him in the face from the mat, then rammed Cena into a chair wedged in between the buckles. Orton went to the floor and retrieved a ladder.
We are in the office and Kane, Triple H, and Stephanie are discussing something and Randy Orton enters and wants to know if they are on the same page. Randy wants to know if they will show him respect. Stephanie says hello and says that she didn’t hear him come in. Hunter wants to know if Orton is asking for interference or not. He tells Orton that he is the Viper, the Apex Predator, the WWE Champion and the face of the WWE.
Stephanie tells Randy to prove it.
Randy Orton is walking in the back and he sees Charles Robinson. Randy reminds Charles that he is the official for their match. They have known each other for a while. Randy says that he has always had Charles’ back. He expects Charles to put their friendship behind them and he will call this down the middle. Randy tells Charles that he gets what he is saying. Charles says that he will do what the Authority said.
Triple H is told that John Cena will be fine for tomorrow night even though his shoulder has to be iced. Randy Orton enters and Cena says that he is good to go and it looks like they have something to discuss.
Randy wants to know why Cena was in there and then he leaves.
WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton versus Big Show
The bell rings and Orton retreats to the floor to get inside Big Show’s head. Orton returns to the ring and Show backs Orton into the corner and he tries for a forearm but Orton escapes and Orton gets caught in the ropes before getting to the floor.
Show with a chop when Orton returns to the ring. Show with a chop to the chest. Show with punches in the corner and then he stands on Orton’s chest. The referee warns Show while Orton goes to the floor.
Show palms Orton’s head to get him back on the apron but Show is dropped on the top rope. Show with a clothesline and elbow drop for a near fall. Show sends Orton into the turnbuckles and Show with a chop. Show with another chop and he hits a splash in the corner. Orton with a drop kick and both men are down.
Orton with a forearm to the back followed by kicks to the head and chest. Randy with a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Orton with a front face lock on Show. Show gets Orton on his back and Orton with a sleeper. Show escapes the sleeper and both men are down. Show with clotheslines and an Irish whip. Show with a running butt splash and a shoulder tackle.
Show signals for the choke slam and Orton goes to the floor. Show sends Orton into the ring steps and Orton holds his right arm. Show sends Orton into the other steps. Show rolls Orton back into the ring and then Show goes up top but Orton with boots to the head and Orton sets for a super IEDDT but Show gets his feet on the mat so it is a normal DDT.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton to determine the new WWE champion inside Hell in A Cell with Shawn Michaels as the special referee.
Before the Cell was lowered, Triple H came to the ring with the belt and showed it to each competitor. He offered his hand to Bryan, who looked at him and shook his head “No.”
Orton took control early with a powerslam. He tried to set up for the hanging DDT but was fought off. Bryan nailed a missile dropkick. He went after Orton but was caught with a dropkick for a two count.
Orton picked up Bryan and slammed him across the ropes. Orton knocked Bryan off the apron and sent him flying into the cell. Orton followed him to the floor and worked him over. Orton grabbed the ring steps and drilled him with them.
Orton ripped at Bryan’s face, forcing it across the cage. He tried to whip Bryan into the ring steps, which were set up in the corner of the cage but the whip was reversed and Orton ate steel. Bryan drilled Orton into it again.
Bryan brought Orton back into the ring and and drilled him again and again with battering kicks. He placed Orton on the top and placed him upside down in the corner for a series of kicks, culminating with a dropkick to the face.
Bryan dropkicked Orton over the top, knocking him into the Cell as he went over to the floor. Bryan nailed a pair of dives, drilling Orton into the cage but missed a third as Orton sidestepped him and Bryan crashed headfirst into the cage.
Orton drove Bryan into the ringpost, crotching him, then nailed his backbreaker on the floor. He worked over Bryan and placed him on the top, nailing him with headbutt after headbutt. Orton went to nail Bryan with a superplex but Bryan fought him off and caught him with a sunset flip powerbomb into the ring.
They recovered and battled back and forth on their knees before returning to their feet, where they fired back and forth with forearms and European uppercuts. Dory Funk Jr. would be proud. Bryan came back with a leg lariat. Bryan nailed a pair of running knees in the corner and drilled Orton with several kicks.
Bryan nailed a top rope rana on Orton and went to the top for the flying headbutt. He nailed it and covered Orton but only received a two count for his efforts. Bryan nailed several kicks. Orton ducked one and went for a rollup but Bryan turned it into a Yes Lock. Orton tried to grab the ropes but Michaels told him that he didn’t have to break it, since there are no rules.
WWE championship: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
They went back and forth with some nice wrestling early. Orton worked him over with a side headlock. Bryan came back working over his arm and nailing some kicks. Orton cut him off with a hard shot to the head. Orton nailed a series of knees to the face.
Orton began working over Bryan’s arm but Bryan reversed and nailed a series of kicks to the chest. He scored with a Dragon Screw Legwhip and began working over Orton’s knee and ankle. He tied up Orton’s leg and began nailing forearms. Bryan followed up with chops and kicks in the corner.
Bryan set Orton on the top and followed but Orton shoved him off. Bryan was crotched on the top rope. Orton clotheslined him off the ropes and followed up with another short arm clothesline. Orton beat Bryan in the corner with punches.
Orton nailed a running clothesline in the corner. He went for another but Bryan kicked him off and nailed a clothesline for a two count. Orton nailed a big knee as Bryan charged him. He picked up Bryan and dropped him across the top rope.
Orton whipped Bryan into the corner but Bryan went up and over. Orton tossed him over the top but Bryan skinned the cat and nailed a rana over the top to the floor. Bryan pulled himself in and nailed a dive to the outside. He drilled Orton with a series of kicks to the chest and whipped him into the guard rail, then charged with a big dropkick on the floor.
Bryan tossed Orton in and went to the top rope for a big missile dropkick attempt. Orton caught him and slammed Bryan down with a powerbomb or a two count, then locked in a Boston Crab. Bryan tried to make it to the ropes but was dragged back to the center of the ring. The crowd chanted for Bryan, who turned himself around and went for a small package for a two count.
Backstage, Randy Orton asked HHH what he was doing tonight. HHH said he was trying to make sure he picked the right guy as the face of the WWE. Orton told him, “You did” and walked out.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship
By invoking his rematch clause, “The Beard” again has a chance to usher in a new era of WWE main eventer and prove he is much more than a “solid B-plus,” as Stephanie McMahon suggests. Yet to complete the transition, he’ll have to conquer WWE’s Apex Predator, who — as the world found out at The Biggest Party of the Summer — has very powerful advocates in the form of the McMahon family and Triple H.
The rematch was announced on the Aug. 23 edition of SmackDown, after Bryan outright challenged The Viper to a fight on the blue brand. The arrogant Orton instead insisted the match will have to wait until Sunday, Sept. 15, on pay-per-view.
Whether Triple H, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon or Stephanie McMahon will wield any influence at Night of Champions remains to be seen, though their lack of faith in Bryan as WWE Champion has been made painfully clear. For his part, Orton claims he has merely taken advantage of opportunities as they’ve come. As far as The Viper is concerned, Bryan’s bad luck is Orton’s good fortune, and nothing more.
Outside influences aside, the WWE Title Match at Night of Champions holds plenty of intrigue, never mind intensely bitter feelings between champion and challenger. Unlike their memorable three-bout series earlier this past summer — which ended with a handshake after the submission specialist made The Viper tap out in a Street Fight — there is little respect to be found this time around. Rather, with the WWE Title now around his waist, Orton believes himself on a much higher plane than his No. 1 contender — an opinion evidently shared by the WWE Chairman, COO and Executive Vice President of Creative.
Yet, will the implicit support of Triple H and the McMahons help Orton fend off the “Yes!” Lock that made him quit once before? The WWE Universe has seen what Bryan, the ultimate underdog, is capable of when his back is against the wall. How will his seething anger toward the establishment manifest itself when the squared circle’s most prestigious title is on the line?