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Randy Orton beats Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2013

Randy Orton was born a WWE Superstar.

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.

Most kids remember their first ball game or school play; Randy’s childhood memories include sitting in the kitchen of his family’s St. Louis home with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, and repairing a broken banister leaned on by Andre the Giant. He wasn’t even 5 years old when he watched his father knock out “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in the main event at the inaugural WrestleMania.

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.

The treachery was shocking, but also critical to Randy’s own evolution. In the years that followed, he perfected his “Legend Killing” RKO — a signature move named after his own initials and the maneuver’s knockout vigor. How feared is it? Just ask the men who’ve succumbed to a lightning-quick RKO strike from literally every possible angle or position: Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

As dangerous as he is solo, Orton was arguably even more so lethal when paired with Edge as half of Rated-RKO in 2004 and with The Legacy’s Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase throughout the “Age of Orton” in 2009. More recently, The Viper’s chosen to partner with internal voices stirred by Intermittent Explosive Disorder, a disease marked by extreme outbursts of rage.

That rage has been focused on Daniel Bryan in recent weeks, as the two have gone head-to-head in a series of intense battles, with the submission specialist getting a shocking tap out victory over Orton on the June 24 edition of Raw, shortly after it was announced that both Superstars would be participating in the Money in the Bank All-Stars contest on July 14.

But it wasn’t rage Orton focused toward John Cena and Daniel Bryan after winning the Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match. Instead, The Viper spent weeks coolly biding his time, waiting for the perfect time to cash in and claim his tenth World Title. That opportunity came at SummerSlam, in a moment that should have been Daniel Bryan’s greatest as a WWE Superstar. Mere instants after Bryan defeated Cena for the WWE Championship, Orton came down to the ring, cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and – in what can only be described as a shocking assist from special guest referee, WWE COO and longtime rival Triple H – pinned a helpless Bryan to claim the WWE Title as his own. The next night on Raw, during his WWE Championship Coronation, to add insult to injury, he hit an already battered Bryan with a searing RKO.

The Apex Predator reigns atop the WWE food chain once more, and it appears he has the support of WWE’s Chief Operating Officer, as well as Stephanie McMahon and Mr. McMahon. Orton’s next move as the new WWE Champion remains unknown; all that is certain is that when The Viper next strikes, it will be without warning. (Credit: WWE)

 

 

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Randal "Randy" Keith Orton (born on April 1, 1980) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestling on its Raw brand. Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, as well as his uncle Barry O, all competed in the professional wrestling industry.

Before being promoted to the main WWE roster, Orton trained in and wrestled for Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling for a month. He was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). There, Orton became OVW Hardcore Champion on two separate occasions.

After signing with WWE, Orton became a member of the stable Evolution, which quickly led to his capture of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, his first title with the company. Orton also acquired the moniker "The Legend Killer" during a storyline where he began disrespecting Hall of Famers and physically attacking veterans of professional wrestling outside of appropriate restrictions.

In 2004, Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion, when he won the title at the age of twenty-four. His title win resulted in his departure from Evolution and feud with his former stablemates. In 2006, Orton joined forces with Edge in a tag team known as Rated-RKO. As a team, Orton and Edge held the World Tag Team Championship. After the team disbanded, Orton, during mid-2007, won the WWE Championship twice in one night. He is also the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble match. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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