WWE: Randy Orton's 10 Greatest Moments in His Career so Far

Vandie BarnardContributor IIIJanuary 2, 2012

WWE: Randy Orton's 10 Greatest Moments in His Career so Far

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    Randy Orton has amassed a career's worth of accomplishments in his time already in the WWE. Orton has given fans plenty of moments to remember since his debut in 2002.

    With Randy Orton being sidelined with his most recent injury, I decided to take a look at some of the Viper's top moments so far in his career. Though Orton has had plenty of career moments, we'll take a look at the top 10.

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10. Randy Orton Wins His First WWE Singles Title

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    Randy Orton won his first singles title in WWE by defeating Rob Van Dam at Armageddon in 2003 for the Intercontinental Championship. Orton would go on to hold the title for seven months, making it the longest Intercontinental title reign in seven years.

    It would also mark the start of bad luck for RVD whenever he ran into Orton.

9. Randy Orton Gets Revenge on Evolution

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    The week prior on Raw, Evolution eliminated Randy Orton from the group after Orton's world title win at SummerSlam. The next week, Triple H demanded that Orton hand the title over to him.

    Orton, however, wouldn't give into The Game's demands. Instead, Orton spat in his face. Did Triple H really think Orton was just going to hand the title over anyway?

8. Rated-RKO Destroys DX

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    This was a big moment in not only Randy Orton's career, but Edge's as well. DX was on a roll when they reformed later in the year of 2006. Rated-RKO was the first team to defeat DX since they got back together.

    Rated-RKO also did what no else dared to, or could do, they annihilated DX.

7. Randy Orton Successfully Defends His Title on the Grandest Stage

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    Randy Orton went into his triple threat match at Wrestlemania 24 against Triple H and John Cena as the definite underdog. Orton entered as champion, but many didn't expect him to leave as champ.

    Orton went in on the grandest stage of them all and retained the title to continue the Age of Orton.

6. The Legend Killer Adds Another Victim to the List

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    Randy Orton was able to avenge his WrestleMania 21 loss to the Undertaker, and add the Deadman to the Legend Killer list at SummerSlam.

    This was one of Orton's biggest wins in his young career and his near nine month feud with the Undertaker helped Orton's star rise in the WWE.

    Here is the second half of Orton's match with Taker at SummerSlam.

5. The Best RKO!

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    Randy Orton has one of the most devastating and entertaining finishers in the business. The Viper coils and stalks his opponent or in most cases, strikes when his enemy least expects it.

    Orton has delivered many memorable RKOs to his victims and while there were a few others that were in consideration, I believe Orton's RKO to Rob Van Dam is certainly deserving of the top RKO spot.

    We'll just use this one to represent all of Orton's memorable RKOs. Poor RVD, how many times has he got on Orton's bad side?

4. Orton Continues His Assault on the McMahon Family

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    If you engage in a feud with the McMahon family, that pretty much means that you're going somewhere in this business. Orton continued his assault on the McMahon's (how it started I'll get to briefly) by taking out Shane and Stephanie McMahon.

3. Randy Orton Wins the 2009 Royal Rumble

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    Randy Orton started 2009 off with a bang in January with his victory in the Royal Rumble match. Orton entered as the eighth man in the Rumble and was able to outlast the remaining superstars to punch his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 25.

    However, Orton's rise to being one of the top superstars in the WWE began with one swift and devastating kick...

2. Randy Orton Lets His Boss Know How He Really Feels About Him

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    The rise to superstardom for Randy Orton began six days prior to the 2009 Royal Rumble. Randy Orton did something that many would like to do, but few have the guts or chance to: he took out his boss. Vince McMahon was on the verge of firing Orton, however Orton took matters into his own hands and gave Mr. McMahon a good kick to the skull.

    This moment was unexpected and one of the most shocking, yet memorable moments in WWE history. The rise of Orton began with this kick that sent shockwaves throughout the WWE universe.

1. Randy Orton Wins His First WWE World Title

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    Randy Orton obtained his first World Title by defeating Chris Benoit at SummerSlam to become the youngest World Champion in WWE history. This moment was the start of what would accumulate to a so far great, and continuing career of Orton.

    This was a memorable moment not only for Orton, but also for the WWE Universe as this will be another moment that will always be remembered in WWE history. This victory meant so much for Orton as you can see and feel his emotion the instant the ref's hand touched the mat for the three count.

The Continuation of the Story

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    The legacy (pun intended) of Randy Orton will continue to rise. His most latest injury is only a minor setback. He will be back soon to continue to do what he does best, and that is to strike and take out his opponents when they least expect it.

    For now, enjoy this compilation video of RKOs. What do you think of Orton's Top 10 career moments? Comment on some of Orton's moments that you love.