Due the current wrestling landscape, an often overlooked conversation is the survival of the WWE World Heavyweight Champion as he tries to avoid a loss to any oncoming challengers. The idea is overlooked even more with Randy Orton, who fans and members of the locker room alike feel cheated his way to a title reign because of a partnership with Triple H and the rest of the WWE corporate body. While many potential contenders including the Elimination Chamber participants and anyone else looking to get a shot at the gold and their struggles are often discussed by the WWE Universe, the struggle for Randy Orton to fend them off is an even greater one.
Perhaps what began all the modern day struggles for The Viper was his Money in the Bank briefcase win at WWE Money In The Bank 2013. After making his way up the ladder with all of his opponents laid out, he grabbed his chance at the WWE Championship, used it on Daniel Bryan with the help of Triple H at Summerslam 2013 and didn’t look back until he was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Now, the playing field is even smaller and those looking to dethrone him, especially Daniel Bryan who he took advantage of to begin with, are ready to make repeated attempts until it happens. Here, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan call back to their Summerslam 2013 interaction in Mattel WWE Battle Packs 28.
Randy Orton’s ability and strength cannot be denied despite his cheating ways and the Mattel WWE figures that reflect that best come in the Elite style. In Mattel WWE Elite 21, Randy Orton sports an RKO t-shirt and superior articulation, offering his finishing move of the RKO out of nowhere and helping wrestling figure fans re-create his intensity working up to that move or his beautiful standing dropkicks.
Randy Orton has been a staple at WrestleMania since debuting in the WWE and perhaps his greatest personal challenge is a thirst for participating in the WWE’s main event. The WWE Universe has seen him suffer defeats and earn triumphs at WrestleMania, but with his current interactions and friendship with Triple H his participation at WrestleMania XXV comes to mind. In Mattel WWE Series 37, the WrestleMania Heritage series flashes back to a time when Randy Orton and Triple H were at odds with plenty of personal attacks. Randy Orton, as WWE World Heavyweight champion, can truly trust no one, not even the person aiding him in his attempts at glory.
The Mattel WWE Super Strikers Randy Orton shows the true darkness behind the eyes of the Apex Predator, with a face of anger, power and explosive frustration. When the wrestling figures legs are squeezed together, a double hook move can be performed but perhaps more telling about the release is the inclusion of a chair. Randy Orton will go to any lengths to get what he wants and this figure is the perfect example of that willingness to gain.
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