Randy Orton’s top 10 greatest WWE matches in history
There are only few names that resonate with as much authority and reverence as that of the Apex Predator himself, Randy Orton. With a career spanning over two decades, the third-generation superstar has etched his name in the annals of WWE history with an impact that reverberates far beyond the squared circle.
Orton’s journey is a symphony of chaos, marked by the venomous hiss of his trademark move, the RKO, and a penchant for psychological warfare that sends shivers down the spines of even the most battle-hardened opponents. From the moment he made his WWE debut in 2002, it was evident that Orton was destined for greatness, carrying the mantle of a prodigy and the burden of a legacy simultaneously. His contributions to the world of professional wrestling have been nothing short of seismic, a seismic RKO, if you will.
As we embark on a nostalgic journey through the archives of WWE, it’s impossible to ignore the indelible mark Randy Orton has left on the canvas of sports entertainment. A maestro of mind games, a virtuoso of violence, Orton’s career is a narrative of evolution, resilience, and unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
Now, let’s delve into the top 10 matches that define the legacy of the Viper, each clash is a chapter in the epic tale of Randy Orton’s illustrious career
10. Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton vs Batista – WrestleMania XXX – April 6, 2014
Orton collided with Batista and Daniel Bryan in the main event, a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The climax saw Bryan triumphantly overcoming adversity, but Orton’s presence added a layer of unpredictability to the grand spectacle.
9. Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton – WrestleMania 22 – April 2, 2006
Orton’s bout against Rey Mysterio showcased his versatility, as he competed in a Triple Threat Match also featuring Kurt Angle. Despite not leaving with the title, Orton’s performance solidified his status as a top-tier talent.
8. Randy Orton vs Christian – SummerSlam 2011 – August 14, 2011
Orton clashed with Christian in a No Holds Barred Match, showcasing his resilience and cunning to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship. The rivalry between Orton and Christian reached its zenith in this brutal encounter.
7. Orton vs Bray Wyatt – WrestleMania 33 – April 2, 2017
In a clash for the ages, Orton conquered Bray Wyatt to capture the WWE Championship. The psychological warfare between the Viper and the Eater of Worlds added a layer of intrigue, making this encounter one for the history books.
6. Money in the Bank 2013 – July 14, 2013
Orton outwitted and outlasted his opponents in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, seizing the briefcase and setting the stage for the infamous cash-in that changed the course of WWE history.
5. Orton vs Triple H – WrestleMania XXV – April 5, 2009
The Legend Killer metamorphosed into a demonic force, defeating Triple H in a grueling battle that culminated with an unforgettable punt to the skull. Orton’s victory marked the zenith of his ruthless aggression.
4. Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Orton – Backlash 2004 – April 18, 2004
Orton, in a Triple Threat Match against Benoit and Triple H, showcased his cunning brilliance by capitalizing on Triple H’s Pedigree on Benoit to secure the victory and to win his second World Heavyweight Championship.
3. Chris Benoit vs Orton – SummerSlam 2004 – August 15, 2004
Orton, at the tender age of 24, became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history by dethroning Chris Benoit. The victory showcased Orton’s raw talent and hinted at the greatness that lay ahead.
2. Orton vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 21 – April 3, 2005
In a symbolic passing of the torch, Orton faced off against the legendary Undertaker at WrestleMania 21. Despite succumbing to the Deadman’s mystique, the match solidified Orton as a main-event player and set the stage for his ascension.
1. Randy Orton Vs. John Cena – Breaking Point – September 13, 2009
Randy Orton and John Cena’s feud dominated the second half of 2009, culminating in a “I Quit” match for Orton’s WWE Championship. There was a catch in Cena’s favor: if anyone intervened on Orton’s behalf, he would lose the belt. Cena was undefeated in “I Quit” bouts and was hoping to continue that streak.
In a tough WWE Championship bout, neither man held back. Handcuffs were inserted into the bout by Orton, who handcuffed Cena. Cena eventually reclaimed the WWE Championship after forcing Orton to speak the words “I Quit” when Orton was in a vulnerable position with the STF.