The 2016 of WWE’s SummerSlam took place on August 21, 2016, and the pay-per-view featured a main event between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. It was billed as a fight among two legends in the WWE, but the ending of the match caught a lot of heat from the WWE Universe and media alike as it seemed to go completely off script.
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After the match started with Lesnar hitting Orton with a number of German suplexes, Brock removed his gloves and began pounding on Orton in an MMA-style attack. The first few punches seemed planned, but then Lesnar hit Orton on top of the head with a couple of elbows that seemingly opened a gash on Randy’s head.
It was pretty clear that the elbows made significant contact, but what wasn’t clear was whether or not the damage was scripted. Orton ended up having to get 10 staples in his head after the match to close the gash which would seem to mean that Lesnar took the segment a little further than was originally planned.
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After the match, longtime WWE star Chris Jericho confronted Brock Lesnar about taking things too far. He assumed by the looks of things that Lesnar crossed the line, just like a large portion of fans and media.
Orton was asked about Jericho’s backstage confrontation with Lesnar in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.
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“Basically, what happened is Jericho saw what was going on in the ring and wanted answers as to whether my best interests were in mind as far as my health and safety,” explained Orton.
“I had my family there, sitting front row, and Chris knew that, as well. He was just coming up to check on his boy, that’s what it boiled down to, and I think that’s awesome.”
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“You hear all these things about how they were going to fight, but I don’t think Jericho wanted to fight Brock, I’m just going to throw that out there,” said Orton.
“I think he was coming up to just make sure everything was cool. It’s unfortunate that in that small space, with the dozen bodies in there, somehow that leaked and everybody knew about it. That’s very unfortunate. It was blown way out of proportion, and Jericho just wanted to check on one of his fellow boys in the locker room.”
“I have a lot of respect for Brock. I was down in OVW with him, and I was there a few months before he came. We all knew he was coming, but when he came, he was humble and a fun guy to be around. He’s still the same way. He’s been through a lot, and he’s really became a name in this business and in MMA.”
It’s pretty obvious that Randy Orton doesn’t want to reveal what the actual plans were for the match, but it still doesn’t seem like opening a gash that requires 10 staples to close would be a part of the script. After all, the WWE has had a major makeover since the Attitude Era in order to make things more PG and family-friendly. Having Orton lay in a pool of blood would seem to contradict that plan.
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