Revisiting The Accomplishments Of Randy Orton, WWE’s Newest Grand Slam Champion
At Fastlane final night time, Randy Orton defeated Bobby Roode for the US Championship in a surprisingly gratifying match. Throughout the best way much less entertaining construct to it on Smackdown, a lot was made about how the U.S. Championship was the one title to have eluded the Viper over his 16-year WWE profession.
What wasn’t talked about till the PPV was that profitable this title would make Orton WWE’s 18th Grand Slam Champion, an accomplishment most lately achieved by Roman Reigns again in November.
And the achievement was fairly attention-grabbing on a few different fronts, too.
Sure, although Orton is a ridiculously adorned WWE celebrity, having been WWE Champion 9 instances, World Heavyweight Champion 4 instances, Royal Rumble winner twice, and the 2013 Mr. Money in the Bank, he didn’t have that particular mixture of three singles championships (a main, secondary and tertiary title below the pre-unification period, or a main and two secondary below the present WWE title format in place since 2001) plus a tag workforce championship till final night time.
Being a Grand Slam Champion is fairly spectacular, so let’s take a transfer out of Bobby Roode and the Smackdown announce workforce’s playbook and take a second to understand Randy Orton’s accomplishments.
Underneath the outdated title system, Orton gained his first main championship at SummerSlam 2004, when he defeated Chris Benoit to grow to be the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion at age 24.
If we’re simply counting at the moment present titles, he scored his first run within the Grand Slam when he beat Triple H for the WWE Championship at No Mercy 2007.
Orton gained his first secondary title, the WWE Intercontinental Championship, at Armageddon 2003 throughout his “Legend Killer” interval. This was an enormous night time for Evolution, with Triple H taking house the World Heavyweight Championship and Ric Aptitude and Batista profitable the tag titles as nicely.
I used to be stunned to see when fact-checking this text that this was the one time Orton has ever gained the IC Title, however I suppose the man just about when straight to the highest and stayed there for a decade and a half.
Talking of the Nature Boy, Orton turned a World Tag Staff Champion together with Edge (as Rated-RKO) by defeating Aptitude and Rowdy Roddy Piper, the oldest tag workforce champs within the WWE historical past, in 2006. And now I simply realized the inevitability of Charlotte and Ronda Rousey tagging collectively, and I don’t know the way I really feel about that.
Underneath the present title format, nonetheless, the Apex Predator gained first and solely tag workforce title when he and Bray Wyatt defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Staff Championship at TLC 2016. Man, keep in mind when Heath Slater and Rhyno used to win issues? (I imply, not within the video above, however presumably someday earlier than then for them to have these titles to lose within the first place.)
Orton’s previous yr has concerned unhealthy storylines, bizarre gimmick matches involving ghost tractors and regionally-specific cages, and a supremely goofy WrestleMania entrance, so it’s good to see the Viper get a significant win. You’ll be able to’t begrudge a man a title after a match wherein he hit such a textbook superplex, in my view, even when his motivations are unsympathetic and his new hair is deeply complicated.
However my favourite Orton second of the night time needed to come from his look on Talking Smack after Fastlane, when he talked to Renee Younger about watching the Uncooked Discuss after the Elimination Chamber: “I obtained to take a seat with my children and watch John Cena cry, and I simply wish to say thanks for that.” Arduous identical, Randall! By no means change. All hail our new United States Champion and Grand Slam Champion, not less than till Jinder takes that first honor from him at Mania.