@ShawnMichaels: This one’s really tough because they’re both very talented and really good at what they do. I think Seth Rollins has to win in order to prove that he’s not just a flash in the pan. And I think he will. WINNER: Seth Rollins
@HowardFinkel: Will this contest be a strict singles meeting, or will J&J Security have a presence outside the ring? In the interest of fairness, I believe Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble should not be at ringside. Let bitter rivals Randy Orton and Seth Rollins battle it out, one-on-one. Rollins has blossomed into a major player in WWE over the past year, while Orton is consistently cunning and methodical. Orton’s break from The Authority was the best thing he did in recent memory, and The Viper will emerge victorious, no matter where J&J Security will be. WINNER: Randy Orton
@JoeyStyles: What a butt-kicking! The Viper gave the self-proclaimed “Future of WWE” payback with interest when he battered and beat him all over the arena, then RKO’ed him through the announce table on Raw. Though an awesome athlete and a Money in the Bank winner, Rollins has been unable to win big money matches without The Authority in his corner. However, it’s safe to assume that Big Show, Kane and J&J Security will indeed be running interference for Rollins. I see Orton having Rollins ready for a match-ending RKO several times, only to be thwarted by Authority interference. Sooner or later, though even a myopic Cyclops in a referee shirt is going to catch them in the act and disqualify Mr. Money in the Bank. WINNER: Randy Orton
@Apter1wrestling: Seth Rollins has plenty of insurance to destroy Randy Orton. With J&J Security, and possibly Kane and Big Show, in his corner, it will be tough for Orton to gain a victory. However, as we have learned from the past, The Viper has a highly unpredictable, combative persona. That, coupled with his deep hatred for the entire Authority, will see him RKO his way to victory against Mr. Money in the Bank and his henchman. WINNER: Randy Orton
@MichaelPSHayes1: Seth Rollins seems to always figure out a way, but he hasn’t faced The Viper in a singles match. Nonetheless, I’m going to go with the ever-resourceful Seth Rollins. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Randy Orton: 3, Seth Rollins: 2
Five popular WWE Superstars and Divas will be in attendance at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia when Sting™, Roman Reigns™, Dolph Ziggler™, Randy Orton® and WWE Diva Paige™ appear during the 15th annual pop culture extravaganza, set for May 7-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Reigns and Paige will appear on Thursday, May 7, greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for dual and solo photo ops and conducting a dual Q&A panel. Ziggler (who will conduct a solo Q&A panel) and Orton will attend on Friday, May 8; Sting is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will make a rare appearance in face paint.
“We have rolled out one of our largest WWE guest lists ever for Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “This very special appearance by Sting in face paint is what makes the WWE guests so unique to Wizard World. What an amazing collection of talent under the same roof!” It will be the first Wizard World appearance for Sting, often dubbed “The Franchise of WCW,” and one of the most recognizable and unique faces in sports-entertainment history. Although his first appearance in a WWE ring will be at WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, he remains one of the most popular and respected competitors of all-time. “I am excited to see all my longtime fans for the very first time at Wizard World,” said Sting. “And to commemorate this, I’ll be appearing in face paint. This appearance will be truly something special.” Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler and Paige return to Wizard World after wildly successful appearances at previous shows.
With both men fueled by bitterness and a mutual disdain for one another, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins prepare to do battle on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
The animosity dates back to November, when Orton was not only kicked out of The Authority, but also ambushed by Rollins, who drove The Viper’s head onto the steel steps with a vicious Curb Stomp. That attack cost Orton four months of his career, while Rollins continued to flourish, with Mr. Money in the Bank even challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Royal Rumble. Orton sat at home biding his time, planning his retribution against those who had done him wrong.
At WWE Fastlane, Rollins’ worst fear came to fruition, as Orton returned to WWE, landing RKO after RKO on members of The Authority as The Architect fled the building. In the ensuing weeks, however, Orton — despite the skepticism of some Authority members — won the trust of Rollins, even aiding Mr. Money in the Bank in a victory over Roman Reigns. For a while, it seemed as if all was forgiven, and Orton was ready to pick up where he left off as a member of The Authority. Yet as Rollins would find out, you can never trust a snake.
On the March 9 edition of Raw, Orton’s true motives became known as he unleashed ba brutal assault on Rollins, even driving him through the announce table with a thunderous RKO. The next week on Raw, Orton and Rollins’ WrestleMania showdown became official, though not until after Rollins attempted to play his own mind games against WWE’s Apex Predator.
Orton has racked up a string of legendary accomplishments since making his WWE debut nearly 13 years ago. At WrestleMania, Orton looks to decimate Rollins, showing no mercy for his past sins. Rollins has been called the “Future of WWE” since he joined The Authority last summer, and winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match did nothing but fuel the belief that he is destined for greatness. Now, Rollins looks to finish what he started last fall, taking out the 12-time World Champion once and for all.
Will Orton’s thirst for payback be satisfied at WrestleMania? Will Rollins be able to de-venomize The Viper? And will the course of history change as the “Future of WWE” is determined?
Find out which Superstar will be victorious in their showdown at The Showcase of The Immortals when WrestleMania 31 takes place live on WWE Network Sunday, March 29!
Michael Cole had a chance to talk with Randy Orton. Michael reminds Randy about his ‘excommunication’ from The Authority. Michael asks Randy how it felt to live with that night after night. Randy says something changed in him. The four months he was off, all he could think of was to get his vengeance on Seth Rollins. Randy says he came back and he had his blinders focused on Randy. He thought he would get his revenge at Fastlane, but it did not happen. Randy says he is an opportunist. He wove his way back into the fabric of the Authority so they would trust him. The mind games were a lot of fun.
Michael reminds us that Orton helped Rollins beat Roman Reigns a few weeks ago on Raw. Randy says that he is not friends with Roman Reigns and he will never be friends with him. He used Roman just like he would use anybody else. He would use his grandmother if it meant he could get to Seth Rollins. That was what would get everyone to think he would be trusted. Michael asks Randy why would he say what he did on Raw. Randy says it was reverse psychology. Seth was in a good mood so it was not expected that he would berate everyone. Randy says he was entertaining himself. Then the relief in Seth’s face was tremendous. Randy knew he would exact his revenge, but when that moment happened, it would be sweet. Michael asks Randy why did he do it on Monday. Randy points out that Kane and Big Show were taken care of by Stephanie. During the match, Noble and Mercury removed themselves from the equation. He had Seth right where he wanted him. When Seth wanted him to make the tag, he pulled his hand back. Randy says he saw fear in Seth Rollins’ eye. Something came out and he enjoyed beating the holy hell out of Seth Rollins. It was like all of the weight of the world off his shoulders with every swing of that chair. Every time he threw Seth into the steel stairs or barricade, it was a relief. He enjoyed every minute of it.
Michael asks Randy if he knows there is hell to pay. Randy says he knows that is the case. Michael asks Randy what is the first thing he is going to do on Monday. He is going to find Seth Rollins, spit in his face, and challenge him to a match at Wrestlemania.
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.