#19 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton — Fatal 4-Way WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match (WWE Payback)
For a match that had to juggle intra-Authority squabbling, personal rivalries reaching their, ahem, “Apex,” and the first official instance of The Shield against itself, it kept each ball in the air with a mix of intrigue (will Kane screw Seth over?), surprises (Dean vs. Roman!) and, ultimately, satisfaction (Seth retains!). Plus, we got a Shield mini-reunion, if only to Triple Powerbomb Orton through a table. Was it a tease for their eventual reformation way, way down the line? Hard to fathom. But for one night, we all believed again.
#8 Randy Orton — “Voices”
Telling a tale about the motivations and reckless nature of a man who earned the moniker The Viper, Rev Theory’s “Voices” melodically cuts as deep and strikes just as hard as Randy Orton himself.
The words detail what makes a predator tick, depicting a realm of wicked thoughts coiling throughout his brain. There’s a discussion and exchange encouraging malevolence and bloodlust. It’s the story of a relentless madman, but set to a super-catchy, albeit “screamo” refrain that gives way to badass rock. Plus, it makes one hell of a soundtrack for a beat-timed RKO video compilation
#26 Evolution — “Line in the Sand”
Motörhead is known for their hard-hitting heavy metal anthems, so it was a little surprising to see Lemmy belting out a slower tune for Evolution. With many people seeing Triple H and his crew of Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair as a modern twist on The Four Horsemen, Evolution needed a tune that exuded cool and confidence.
Lemmy and his band had no problem cranking out a song that was beyond cool while still retaining Motörhead’s trademark edge. If you close your eyes and listen to “Line in the Sand,” you can probably picture four suave bros getting out of a helicopter and into a limo to go party at the hottest club in the city.
#6 Randy Orton (4,962 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.
Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton married fiancée Kim this weekend. The newlyweds recently appeared together on Unfiltered with Renee Young, available only on WWE Network.
Join the rest of the WWE Universe in congratulating Randy Orton and his new bride on this exciting new chapter in their lives! Send your congrats to The Viper on Twitter by tweeting @RandyOrton.
From the R-O.com team: Congratulations Randy & Kim on your nuptials, we wish you guys nothing but the best on your new & exciting journey together.
I’ve added 7 photos of Randy meeting with Make-A-Wish honoree, Austin in Chicago this past Monday have been added into the gallery. Be sure to check them out.
#7 Randy Orton — 609 days as champion
Number of reigns: Eight | Longest individual reign: 203 days
Bet you didn’t realize that Randy Orton has spent more time with the WWE Title around his waist than Superstars like The Rock, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. The Viper doesn’t always receive the admiration that these rarified champions get, which may be owed to the controversies that often surround the title’s journey to Orton’s hands.
Take, for example, The Viper’s first WWE Championship reign, which began when Mr. McMahon literally handed the thing to him. Awarded the vacant title by WWE’s Chairman at No Mercy 2007, Orton immediately lost the championship to Triple H before winning it back the very same night — making him a two-time champion in the course of a few hours.
Eight reigns in the books, Orton stands as the Superstar with the seventh most days as champion. Whether or not this has endeared him to the WWE Universe is another question.