#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
‘The Legend Killer,’ 1987, Nintendo Entertainment System
Starring: Randy Orton
In a time of peace and prosperity in the WWE Universe, a force has emerged that has turned several WWE Legends to evil. There is only one Superstar who can stop them: “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton.
Challenge the likes of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan and more in a side-scrolling action game to restore order and balance in the WWE Universe. With every Legend you defeat, Orton’s power grows, as he absorbs the special traits of those he has vanquished to become a mega Orton.
Stop the Legends. Save the WWE Universe. Help Orton become The Legend Killer once again.
#6 Randy Orton (4,612 days; debut: SmackDown, April 25, 2002)
With an influx of talent hoping to make a mark in the post-Monday Night War era of sports-entertainment, a fresh-faced rookie named Randy Orton walked into Mr. McMahon’s office before his official tryout match. The Chairman raved about Orton’s pedigree, but even he couldn’t have guessed what The Legend Killer-turned-Viper-turned-Face of WWE would accomplish in his career.
He’s the youngest World Champion in history, capturing the title at age 24. He unified the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to form the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2013. He’s risen through the ranks of Evolution and led the charge with The Legacy and The Authority.
Twelve years and 12 World Championship reigns after first walking onto WWE TV, Orton has matured into a sports-entertainment icon.
A rebel that spends a lot more afternoons in detention than study hall, Randy Orton sticks to the shadows of WWE High, scoffing at do-gooders like John Cena and Daniel Bryan. Like his WWE High alum dad, Orton has dabbled in team sports, but they really aren’t his thing. Orton’s a loner, and seldom appears at big social events — but when he does, it’s completely “outta nowhere.”
UPDATE, NOV. 5, 2014: WWE.com has learned that Orton has been diagnosed with a concussion following further tests by WWE physician Dr. Stephen Daquino. “Randy exhibited symptoms of a concussion after the Curb Stomp on the announcer’s desk,” Daquino reported to WWE.com “He also had some facial contusions. Currently he is not cleared to compete and his return timetable is undetermined.”
Continue to check with WWE.com for further updates.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton was injured following an attack at the hands of The Authority, during which he suffered two consecutive Curb Stomps from Seth Rollins; one atop the announce table and another on the steel steps. The extent of the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s injuries is unknown at this time, however, as all medical evaluations of The Apex Predator were done behind closed doors. WWE.com was unable to get official comment from medical staff as to the nature of Orton’s injuries, though locker room speculation is that The Viper had suffered a concussion.
WWE.com hopes to have an official update on Orton’s condition tomorrow.
Check back here tomorrow for an official update on Orton’s condition.
WWE Studios is adding “The Condemned” to its roster of film franchises, with the company tapping Randy Orton to star in “The Condemned 2: Desert Prey,” that Lionsgate will co-produce and distribute.
Roel Reine (“Death Race: Inferno,” “The Scorpion 3″) will direct the actioner from a script by Alan McElroy (“The Marine 4″). Film follows a former bounty hunter who finds himself on the run as part of a revamped Condemned tournament, in which convicts are forced to fight each other to the death as part of a game that’s broadcast to the public.
Orton, one of WWE’s top stars, reunites with Reine on “The Condemned” sequel after having previously worked together on “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded.” “The Condemned 2″ will start production in New Mexico later this year. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin starred in the original, which Lionsgate released in 2007. The film generated $8 million at the box office but went on to perform well on homevideo platforms. “The Condemned 2″ will likely get its primary release on VOD and other home entertainment platforms.
WWE will promote the film across its various TV shows, online platforms and streaming network.
“We are excited to be reteaming with the WWE on ‘The Condemned 2,’ after such a positive experience on the original film,” said Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks. “The combination of their brand marketing capabilities, creativity and deep lineup of dynamic onscreen talent result in a powerful partnership.”