Back at WWE Hell in a Cell in October, Randy Orton took on John Cena, and the winner of that match would be named the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and would earn the right to face Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. There were many WWE fans that wanted Orton to come out of that match as the winner just so WWE could make a new, fresh match between Orton and Lesnar, and they could avoid making the fourth John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar match. Well, the WWE fans didn’t get what they wanted that night as John Cena defeated Randy Orton. However it turned out okay, as John Cena, Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar had a phenomenal match at the Royal Rumble.
WWE fans have wanted to see a Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match ever since Lesnar returned to WWE back in 2012. So far, Lesnar has taken on just about every top guy in WWE except for Orton, and if Lesnar ends up leaving WWE in March, WWE fans will miss out on a dream match that WWE is interested in doing after WrestleMania.
Today, WWE.com named Randy Orton as someone who could potentially put an end to Brock Lesnar’s dominant WWE title reign.
Both Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton started in WWE around the same time, as they were both signed to developmental contracts in the early 2000s. Also, Lesnar and Orton were both called up to the main roster in 2002. Lesnar’s rookie year was a lot more successful than Orton’s, as Lesnar went on to defeat The Rock for the WWE Championship just four months after making his WWE debut, making him the youngest WWE Champion in history. Orton on the other hand had several setbacks and injury issues, which delayed his eventual push to the top, and also delayed the start of the legendary WWE faction Evolution.
While Lesnar ended up as the youngest WWE Champion in history in 2002, Orton ended up as the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Chris Benoit in the summer of 2004.
If Lesnar ends up re-signing with WWE, and if WWE decides to book a match between Lesnar and Orton, it won’t be the first time they have faced each other. In the fall of 2002, Brock Lesnar — who was the current WWE Champion — took on Randy Orton in a non-title squash match that Lesnar won. Of course, WWE is probably hoping that the fans have forgotten about that match, and they probably have.
Brock Lesnar is already scheduled to be on the post-WrestleMania RAW, but after that — even if he re-signs — he may not be on WWE television for a while. WWE is likely looking to book Lesnar vs. Orton at this year’s SummerSlam in August.
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