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Name: Randy Orton

Height: 6 foot 4
Weight: 245 pounds
From: St. Louis, Mo.
Finishing Move: RKO
Career Highlights: World Heavyweight Title (defeated Chris Benoit at SummerSlam’04); WWE Intercontinental Title
**Current Events: Will face Undertaker at SummerSlam
 

He's brash and determined, a genuine blue chipper - Randy Orton entered WWE and quickly joined up with the crème of the crop in the power-hungry faction on RAW known as Evolution. Mentored by “The Game” Triple H and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Orton quickly turned from an up and coming 3rd generation Superstar into the “Legend Killer”. Feasting on crushing legend after legend, Orton targeted and took down dozens of top WWE Superstars, Hall of Famers and legends including Sgt. Slaughter, Shawn Michaels and Cactus Jack.

With a growing list of victims, courtesy of the nearly unstoppable RKO, Orton’s cockiness grew as did his threat as a top contender. In the summer of 2004, Orton got the chance of a lifetime in challenging Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. And much to the dismay of his diabolical and greedy mentor Triple H, Orton defeated Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship creating chaos within Evolution as Triple H quickly ended Orton’s reign as Champion and kicked him out of Evolution.

Alienated but not unfocused, Orton waged war with Evolution but with WrestleMania approaching, Orton realized he needed to make a big impact. Thanks in part due to some encouragement from Superstar Billy Graham backstage at RAW, Orton did just that by challenging Undertaker – who is undefeated in 13 WrestleMania appearances - to a match at WrestleMania 21. Soon thereafter, a brief relationship emerged with Stacy Keibler. Unfortunately, Orton felt betrayed by Stacy’s lack of support going into Mania and RKO’d her to send a message that nothing would get in his way or keep him from taking down Undertaker. Fans instantly began to once again loathe the St. Louis native. As WrestleMania approached, Orton’s aggressiveness and arrogance began to reemerge, as did his God’s Gift to the World attitude. At a RAW event in Atlanta, Orton was featured on Chris Jericho’s Hilight Reel  when WWE legend Jake “the Snake” Roberts made his first appearance in close to eight years in WWE by confronting Orton about his ways and warning him about Undertaker. Being a brat and lacking respect, Orton blew off Roberts’ warnings and advice and instead introduced him to a RKO, crossing another legend off his list of victims. However, at WrestleMania 21 with Randy Orton’s ego and momentum at a near all-time high, his hot streak would be put on hold as Undertaker would just barely beat the young challenger after Orton came within milliseconds of defeating the Deadman… with a little help from his dear old dad Bob Orton Jr. and his trusty cast. The next night, Orton would continue his two-day losing streak, succumbing to a Batista Bomb on the main event of the post WrestleMania 21 RAW.

Following the two big losses, Randy Orton was put on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury he suffered during his match against Undertaker at WrestleMania. However, despite these injuries, the cocky and confident heel Orton returned in a short period of time when he was drafted as part of the 2005 Draft Lottery to SmackDown! Now a member of SmackDown!, Orton has set his eyes once again on Undertaker and adding him to his list of legends and if he can accomplish this, there will be no denying “The Legend Killer” has once again risen to the top.

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