The Viper had come so close to winning gold in recent months that he could taste it.
On Sunday evening in Chicago, Randy Orton walked away for the seventh time as WWE champion, defeating five other WWE Superstars at the Six-Pack Challenge elimination no disqualification match as part of the Night of Champions pay-per-view.
Orton defeated the likes of champion Sheamus, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge, and Wade Barrett.
Jericho was the first to be eliminated, receiving an RKO from Orton. Cena would score the next elimination with an Attitude Adjustment on Edge. Moments later, The Nexus attacked Cena in the ring, with Barrett taking down Cena to eliminate him.
With Orton, Barrett and Sheamus left in the ring, Orton proceeded to deliver an RKO first to Barrett, then took out the champion to capture the title.
So what is in store tonight when Monday Night RAW hits the airwaves with its newest champion? Tune into USA at 9 p.m. EST to find out.
In the night’s other big stories,
Kane defeated The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, gaining yet another victory over his brother.
Does Kane finally have his brother’s number? What will The Deadman do in order to return to the top?
Former Nexus member Daniel Bryan, who has been becoming a fan favorite as of late, defeated The Miz to become the United States Champion.
A grueling back-and-forth match saw Bryan finally able to secure the LeBell Lock to get Miz to tap, bringing him the gold.
Given that The Miz has a return championship match clause, will he enforce it tonight on RAW? Only time will tell if Bryan is the real deal.
With Orton and Bryan both holding gold now, it is safe to say that they’ve become marked men in the eyes of the WWE lockerroom.
Night of Champions results:
* Randy Orton wins Six Pack Elimination Challenge (New WWE Champion);
* World Heavyweight Champion Kane def. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match);
* Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (New United States Champion);
* Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston;
* Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes win Tag Team Turmoil (New WWE Tag Team Champions);
* Big Show def. CM Punk;
* Michelle McCool wins Unification Lumberjill Match (New Unified Divas Champion).