On March 22nd Randy attended the Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis, Missouri – Where as you can see, he had a great time talking to the press & receiving an autographed jersey from the hometown football team the St. Louis Rams.
You can check out the photos in the gallery now.
Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow
Orton looks strong out of the break, but seems to disagree with the tension on the ropes. Sandow turns it around in the corner. Thesz Press from Orton. Sandow slips out of the ring then does it again, but gets clobbered ringside.
Orton with his slow-paced offense out of the break. Sandow rolls away from the knee drop to gain an edge. Orton blocks a suplex and hits one of his own. Sandow slips out of the elevated DDT and sends Orton to the ringside, but Orton yanks him out of the ring. Sandow sends Orton into the steps. Side Russian Legsweep and the Elbow of Disdain for a two count.
Sandow goes to the turnbuckle, but Orton attacks him there, then hits a superplex, which is good for a nearfall. Orton goes on offense, but eats a boot in the corner. Jumping neckbreaker gets Sandow a nearfall. Orton hits his DDT and panders to the audience for cheers before prepping and hitting the RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton in 10:30.
The Bleacher Report has an interesting article up about why Randy’s match at Wrestlemania 29 may be the opportunity he needs to turn heel. This is a definite good read and it makes some very interesting points. As one of the many who is just dying to see Randy heel again, I recommend giving this a read.
Randy Orton may be the voice of reason in his team with Sheamus and Big Show, but should they lose at WrestleMania 29 to The Shield, Orton will turn on his friends.
After nearly a year of losses, this will give Orton the chance to turn heel and start winning again.
Over the past several months, Orton has been on a career downturn. He’s lost clean to many superstars, including Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and even Alberto Del Rio. Once called the Apex Predator, Orton hasn’t looked like the nine-time world champion and 2009 Royal Rumble winner of old.
Instead, he’s been more of an in-ring floatation device, staying afloat in the WWE main roster tidal wave of talent but just barely.
Orton is 33 years old with 13 years of professional experience. He’s got plenty of years ahead of him. Instead of putting other guys over, the Viper should be walking over other guys.
Orton’s wish to turn heel has been covered here on Bleacher Report. His upcoming bout with Sheamus and Show against The Shield may be the opportunity he needs to turn heel and get back in the win column.
But not by winning the match itself.
Renee Young is in the interview area with Sheamus, Big Show, and Randy Orton. Renee asks them how they have worked together since the decision was made. Randy says that they have a common enemy. Sheamus says that he has put his problems with Big Show aside until Mania. Show says that Sheamus is the one who had the issues. Sheamus says that he couldn’t trust Show at first. Orton tells them they need to work together because they have a match tonight. Orton says that they are on the same page and that is bad news for their opponents tonight as well as The Shield.
Big Show, Randy Orton, and Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, and Cody Rhodes
Orton and Cesaro start things off and they lock up. Cesaro with a side head lock but Orton with a back elbow. Orton with a European uppercut and Sheamus tags in. Sheamus sends Cesaro into the corner and he punches and knees him. Cesaro with a boot to Sheamus followed by a European uppercut and forearm. Sheamus with a short arm clothesline and he tags in Show.
Cody is tagged in and he is not anxious to get into the ring. Show gives Cody a free shot. Show with punches and chops to Cody and then he chops Cesaro. He asks Sandow if he wants one and Damien goes to the floor. Show with a slam and we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton is tagged in and he kicks Sandow. Orton sends Sandow into the turnbuckles and he punches Sandow. Orton with a European uppercut to Sandow and then Sandow backs Orton into his corner. Sandow with shoulders and Orton punches and kicks his way out of the corner but Sandow with a kick to stop Orton.
You can check out exclusive videos of Randy’s best RKO’s below!
Randy Orton’s RKO has taken out every heavy hitter from Hulk Hogan to John Cena. So it may come as a surprise that the maneuver was innovated by John Laurinaitis — the former Raw General Manager who is better known to the WWE Universe for his misguided governance than his Japanese ring career.
“The RKO, or as I call it, the Ace Crusher, was invented back in 1987,” the onetime Johnny Ace told WWEClassics.com. “I was a young kid training and Barry Windham said to me, ‘Why don’t you do a front face neckbreaker as a move?’ ”
It wasn’t until Laurinaitis headed to All Japan Pro Wrestling in ’88 that he debuted the maneuver. In the ring with studs like “Dr. Death” Steve Williams and Kenta Kobashi, the tag team specialist needed a move that would stand out. When he dropped his first Ace Crusher in Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, the audience was appropriately blown away.
“The crowd cheered and then went into an awe, because they’d never seen a move like that before,” Laurinaitis remembered.
Big Johnny later showed Diamond Dallas Page how to perform the maneuver, which Page redubbed the Diamond Cutter. DDP, in turn, passed it on to Randy Orton.
Original Article: WWE.COM
Backstage: Matt Striker asked Sheamus if he’s been able to sort out things with Show. Shield didn’t want to wait through Sheamus’s latest story and long-winded build-up to getting to the point, so they jumped Sheamus and beat him up. But, Randy Orton entered the scrap. Shield quickly beat him down until Big Show hit the scene to scatter Shield members. The Shield eventually retreated down the hallway before Show stood over Orton and Sheamus. They stood together catching their breath before Raw faded back to the arena.
Post Match: Khali in and tries to fight them all down, but they took his legs out. They stomp Khali down, then triple bomb Khali to the mat. Khali slowly rolls out as The Shield puts fists together in a show of solidarity.
Sheamus’ music and he comes to the stage. Orton out and they come down together. The Shield wants them until Big Show appears over by announces and The Shield backs up together. Sheamus, Orton and Big Show in and The Shield attacks. Orton on Rollins, Sheamus on Ambrose, Big Show on Reigns. Big body drop on Rollins who rolls out to his team. The Shield flees through the crowd, seething as Big Show’s music plays. Sheamus, Orton and Big Show celebrate in the ring, then look at the WrestleMania sign.