Randy Orton has accomplished quite a bit in his WWE career – 12-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, 2009 Royal Rumble winner – and he’ll unquestionably be going into the WWE Hall of Fame someday. But while Orton’s career accomplishments are quite impressive, there’s one person who isn’t impressed by them, and that’s Orton’s opponent at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar.
WWE has spent the majority of this afternoon promoting the upcoming bout between Lesnar and Orton on their official Twitter page by posting short interview clips of both men talking about the match, and in one of the clips, Lesnar mocks Orton’s WWE accomplishments, saying that his own accomplishments – NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Champion, 4-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, 2002 King of the Ring, 2003 Royal Rumble winner, and 1-time UFC Heavyweight Champion – far supersede anything that Orton has ever done.
“Everything that I’ve accomplished far supersedes anything that Randy Orton could ever dream about. We’re not on the same parallel. I’m on another universe.”
Just a few minutes later, WWE posted a video of Randy Orton responding to Brock Lesnar, where Orton talked about Lesnar’s decision to leave WWE in 2004.
“He had the whole world by the tail. He was running things, and then he decided to leave because he didn’t like people? S**t, I don’t like people, and I’m still here. I’d say that became the moment where I realized, ‘well this Lesnar isn’t the guy I thought he was.'”
It seems that WWE is really pushing the idea that these two have real-life heat with one another. Back at WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view, which saw Randy Orton return from injury during Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel, Orton referenced Lesnar’s two USADA failures. After the show, Jericho took credit for Orton’s “no enhancement needed” line on his podcast, claiming that he was the one who wrote it.
WWE is billing the Orton vs. Lesnar match as “15 years in the making.” Of course, Lesnar and Orton have faced each other in the past, but that was long before Orton became a main-event level star in WWE, and by the time he did in the summer of 2004, Lesnar had left for the NFL.
There are a lot of similarities between Orton and Lesnar, one of which is that they were both the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion when they won their first world Title. Lesnar won his first World Title at the age of 25 after he defeated WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at SummerSlam in 2002. Then, just two years later, Orton won the World Title at the age of 24 after he defeated Chris Benoit at SummerSlam in 2004.
Chances are that this will be the final one-on-one match between Orton and Lesnar due to them being on separate brands, and if that’s the case, then Lesnar will probably pick up the win on August 21. The booking of this match does seem a bit strange, however, because it will be Orton’s first high-profile match since returning from injury, and typically you’d want a star at the level of Orton to win his first big match back. But, as previously mentioned, it doesn’t look like “The Viper” will be picking up the win at WWE’s biggest event of the summer.
We’ll likely see the interview clips that WWE posted on their Twitter page on tonight’s Raw, because neither Orton or Lesnar are advertised for tonight’s show in Anaheim, California. Of course, the Lesnar vs. Orton situation will likely also be addressed by Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan. who are both scheduled to be on tonight’s show.
Lesnar is scheduled to return to Raw next week, and it’s unclear if Randy Orton will make yet another surprise appearance on the program.
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