Randy Orton will face Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules April 26. The matchup was announced at the Tuesday taping of Smackdown and confirmed on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) website.
Both Randy Orton and Rollins are fresh off of dramatic victories at last month’s WrestleMania 31. Randy Orton defeated Rollins with an acrobatic RKO, (Orton’s signature finishing move) in a high-intensity match fueled by their falling-out as members of The Authority, of which Orton is no longer associated. Though defeated, Rollins went on to stir things up later on at WrestleMania.
Well into an almost 15-minute battle between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, with both wrestlers showing signs of fatigue and Lesnar bleeding from his face and head, and Reigns bleeding from the mouth, Rollins showed just how opportunistic he can be; he cashed in his Money In The Bank contract.
Lesnar and Reigns had kicked out of several pins and lay aimless on the ring floor when Rollins cashed in, capitalizing on what appeared to be the end of a match and turning it into a triple-threat match. He faced little resistance from Lesnar and quickly pinned Reigns, making him the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The WrestleMania rematch between Randy Orton and Rollins will do nothing if not continue to fuel what has become a popular rivalry between the two, and it will be Rollins’ first opportunity to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship title. Randy Orton has held the title 12 times in his career.
Now that rumors of a possible rematch between Seth Rollins and Randy Orton have been confirmed, there is already talk of Orton’s participation in a potentially historic match for next year’s WrestleMania 32.
Rumors are flying about a possible comeback of legendary wrestler and fan-favorite “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. “The Texas Rattlesnake” has been absent from actively wresting for 12 years, but alluded to returning if the right opportunity presented itself. Early speculation was that his return would be against 1980s superstar Hulk Hogan, but Austin said he would not fight Hogan, due to Hogan’s age (now 61) and physical ability. “It would be a rotten match,” he said in an interview with WrestleCast.
Though a match between Austin and Hogan seems to be an impossibility, Randy Orton’s name is being tossed around as a possible opponent for “Stone Cold” at WrestleMania 32, though nothing has been confirmed.
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