In an article written for The Player’s Tribune, WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler wrote about his Top 5 favorite finishing moves of all time. Randy’s infamous RKO was among the list, read below to see what Dolph had to say:
This list wouldn’t feel complete without the RKO. It’s a great finisher and I’ve taken a few of them. There’s something just special about Randy’s athleticism. He so good at what I’m trying to accomplish that it makes me mad. He has a way of doing something incredibly difficult, while having a look on his face that says I’m thinking about Disneyland right now but I’m still wrestling better than you ever can.
So the RKO is kind of perfect for him because it’s a difficult looking move to pull off that he’s made stand out through art, showmanship and impact. He has many well-documented snake attributes, but he’s also so smooth in the ring that it adds a lot to the RKO. And like a lot of these great finishers, it comes out of nowhere. Like I’m pretty sure he even sells a shirt that says “Out of Nowhere” on it.
We start off with Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon talking about how they will show that Team Blue is best at SummerSlam. They also have Randy Orton sign the contract for his match with Brock Lesnar. Heath Slater enters and he has a fruit basket from the Farmer’s Market. He gives Randy an apple. Daniel says the card was a condolence card. Heath says he watched last week’s Smackdown and he reminds Daniel and Shane that he stood toe to toe with Brock Lesnar. Shane says he will not be disrespected by Heath. Heath says they have a big pickle and Daniel says there is no pickle. Randy says he has an idea and he takes a bite of the apple and we go to the opening video.
Heath Slater versus Randy Orton
Orton with a kick and he sends Slater shoulder first into the ring post. Orton sends Slater into the other ring post and then Orton with a clothesline and Garvin Stomp. Orton with punches and then he connects with forearms across the chest. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Heath Slater (by disqualification)
After the match: Orton sends Slater to the floor. Slater is thrown over the announce table. Orton drops Slater on the ringside barrier and hits an IEDDT. Orton rolls Slater into the ring and he waits for an RKO but then he gets up and walks around Slater. Orton picks up Slater and hits a German suplex on Slater and does the Brock Bounce. Orton picks Slater up again and hits another German suplex and then Orton twists to the mat and does the RKO push ups and hits the RKO.
Randy Orton arrives at the arena and he is told of his match against Alberto Del Rio and then he is asked about how is he staying focused for Brock Lesnar. Randy says he has known Brock for fifteen years and he points out that he is the legend killer so he does not have to worry about that. It only takes one RKO to get to Viperville. Alberto asks Randy if he is kidding. Viperville sounds like a joke for something that would be at Disneyland. Randy says he will give Alberto a VIP ticket and he tells him it is a bumpy ride. Alberto tells Randy we will see if he can do it with a broken arm.
Randy Orton versus Alberto Del Rio
They lock up and Del Rio escapes. They lock up again and Orton with a side head lock. Orton with a shoudler tackle and Del Rio goes to the apron to regroup. Del Rio gets back into the ring. Del Rio with a kick and he sends Orton into the turnbuckles. Orton with European uppercuts and he sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles. Orton with a hard Irish whip. Orton climbs the turnbuckles and punches Del Rio but Del Rio gets away. Orton with a clothesline and kicks. Orton catapults Del Rio into the bottom rope and Orton gets a near fall. Del Rio kicks Orton and punches him in the midsection. Del Rio goes for a splash but Orton moves and Del Rio goes to the apron. Orton drops Del Rio against the ropes and Del Rio goes to the floor as we go to commercial.
We start off with Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton watching Randy Orton RKOing Brock Lesnar on Raw. Shane asks Randy if he is happy with what he did. Shane says that he expects Brock to retaliate. Shane says he will take care of Randy later. Shane tells Randy it was pretty awesome. Randy asks if all of the security is necessary because he proved that only one RKO is needed to drop the beast. Shane tells some of the security to go with Randy and he tells everyone to make sure that Brock does not get in the building.
Fandango (with Tyler Breeze) versus Randy Orton
They lock up and Fandango with punches and an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with the Garvin Stomp. Orton with boots to the midsection and he suplexes Fandango. Orton gets a near fall. Breeze distracts Orton and Fandango with a drop kick and punches. Fandango with a reverse chin lock. Orton with a belly-to-back suplex followed by two clotheslines and he avoids a clothesline from Fandango and he hits a power slam. Orton with a power slam to Breeze when he tries to interfere.
Orton with the IEDDT and he looks around the ring and he gets ready to twist to the mat but he sees Brock Lesnar in the crowd. Orton hits an RKO and then Brock picks up Orton and hits an F5.
Winner: Randy Orton (by disqualification)