John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell Match
The bitter and historic rivalry between 15-time World Champion John Cena and 12-time World Champion Randy Orton will add yet another chapter on Oct. 26 when the Superstars enter the unforgiving Hell in a Cell to do battle.
The match was brought into play after Dean Ambrose bested the Cenation leader in a No Holds Barred, Contract-on-a-Pole Match on the Oct. 13 edition of Raw. Per The Authority, the Superstar who did not win that contest would still have to compete in a Hell in a Cell Match against the ever-vicious Viper, who petitioned for the stipulation in an attempt to remind all why he considers himself The Face of WWE.
That bold decision paved the way for what’s sure to be an incredible Hell in a Cell rematch. Cena and Orton faced off inside the fearsome Cell once before in 2009. The Viper slithered away from that conflict the winner.
Will the result be the same on Oct. 26 when arguably the two most dominant Superstars of the past decade lock horns again in the career-altering Cell? Will Orton do as he set out to prove, quashing Cena’s never-say-die attitude in the process? Or can Cena — who is no doubt upset about his controversial disqualification win over WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Brock Lesnar, plus , losing his chance to battle Seth Rollins — tap into his dark side against his storied foe, the ever-dangerous Viper?
Be sure to catch the action of one of WWE’s wildest events when Hell in a Cell airs live on WWE Network and pay-per-view Sunday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
#32 Edge vs. Randy Orton: Intercontinental Championship Match (July 19, 2004)
The Intercontinental Title is held in high esteem in WWE, often seen as the last step a Superstar takes on his path to becoming a World Champion. That idea was stuck in the heads of Edge and Randy Orton as the battled over the prestigious championship.
The competitors who would become Rated-RKO several years down the line were neck and neck with each other in this bout, unable to gain a solid advantage. Edge, the champion, inadvertently took out the referee when The Viper ducked to evade his crossbody block. Orton tried to capitalize, grabbing a steel chair to clobber Edge, but The Rated-R Superstar avoided the attack. In the end, Edge gave Orton a taste of his own medicine, rolling him up with his feet on the ropes for leverage to retain his title.
#36 Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Street Fight (June 24, 2013)
Given recent events, it seems like a lifetime ago that Daniel Bryan battled a self-imposed perception of being a “weak link,” but there Bryan was in the summer of 2013, picking a fight with anyone who looked at him the wrong way, especially — in an eerie bit of foreshadowing — Randy Orton. With his first two tilts with The Apex Predator having ended either controversially or indecisively, Bryan and The Viper collided in a Street Fight rubber match with bragging rights on the line, and the “Yes!” man rose rather magnificently to his latest and greatest challenge.
Orton has long been touted as the more vicious of these two competitors, yet Bryan certainly didn’t shy from embracing the gritty stipulation. The introduction of a steel chair proved costly for both men in more ways than one, yet for every attack Orton unleashed, the former WWE Tag Team Champion responded immediately in kind. In the end, Bryan won the way he always promised he would, locking The Viper in a Kendo stick-assisted “Yes!” Lock to force Orton into a rare submission victory. The effort was enough to earn Bryan a handshake from The Apex Predator that showed respect for the beard, respect the fight, and — as is only appropriate after a match like this — respect for the victor.
Randy was looking dapper dressed in all black at the Wrestlemania 30 Press Conference which was held in New York City earlier today. He was joined by Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Batista, Stephanie McMahon and many more WWE Superstars and Divas as they came together to promote Wrestlemania 30 which is this Sunday!
WWE Superstar Randy Orton makes a triumphant return to Wizard World when he appears at the inaugural Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29th, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Orton will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo-ops in a three-hour appearance from 1-4 p.m.
From the moment he was hatched, “The Viper” walked among the ring’s most revered figures, even calling one of them “dad.” His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, his uncle Barry “Barry O” Orton and his grandfather, the late “The Big O,” Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.
The voices coiling through Orton’s head today have not misguided him. And neither did Triple H and Ric Flair, who groomed Orton early on, welcoming him into their elite faction, Evolution. Under their tutelage, the 24-year-old Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at SummerSlam 2004. The next night on Raw, however, an envious Triple H, who coveted Orton’s championship, attacked his stablemate and jettisoned him from the faction.
WWE’s Apex Predator’s next move as the Face of WWE and Champions of Champions remains unknown; all that is certain is that when The Viper next strikes, it will be without warning.
“I greatly enjoyed my first Wizard World show last year, and I can’t wait to meet a whole new set of fans in Louisville, a real hotbed for wrestling,” said Orton.
Wizard World CEO John Macaluso adds, “Randy has a great following, which fans experienced first-hand in St. Louis last year. He adds a great new dimension to our stellar guest list for our first event in Louisville next month.”
I’ve added 6 photos of Randy meeting with Make-A-Wish honoree, Jesue into the gallery. Be sure to check them out.
Randy has been nominated in the category “Rumble Royalty” at the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards alongside with Daniel Bryan, The Miz & John Cena.
You can vote for Randy as many times as you’d like by clicking HERE and be sure to catch the show on February 17th @ 7pm on the Cartoon Network.