Nothing like a good old-fashioned brawl.
This feud, of course, began before WrestleMania, and it centered around Kane’s claim that he had grown weak thanks to facing Orton before and was seeking to become the monster that he had once been.
While this reason alone may not have sounded like much, the fact is Kane and Orton are two professionals, two guys who understand how to build heat, and how to successfully execute a feud for each man to come out looking good.
Kane may have won the first round at 'Mania, but the rivalry did not end there.
The war escalated when Kane attacked Randy’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton, and even though the Viper tried to return the favor by abducting Paul Bearer, Kane seemed unaffected by the tactic.
Hey, he is a monster, after all.
The second round at Extreme Rules saw Randy taking much of the advantage, taking the fight to Kane backstage, and later using a steel chair on the Big Red Machine.
Hitting a DDT on Kane off of the announcer’s table, Randy looked to be in control, but Kane is not the kind of Superstar to just roll over and play dead.
The fight continued back inside the ring, with Orton hitting a big suplex from the second rope. The momentum had definitely shifted in Orton’s favor, as he began measuring Kane for the RKO.
But Kane countered with a choke slam, a move that usually spells the end of the match.
However, Randy kicked out, and after dodging a tombstone piledriver, he managed to nail Kane with the RKO on a steel chair, gaining the win.
So, what happens now for these two guys?
On one hand, it feels as though this may be the end of the heat between them. The replay of Orton’s finisher, combined with Randy celebrating on the second rope, was the last image of the match, as Kane did not attempt any retaliation afterwards.
Of course, that may not mean much—we still have Raw tomorrow night, and these two could most definitely cross paths again.
However, I am left wondering if the feud needs to continue, as we have not exactly broken any new ground between these two men.
Again, a good fight is well worth the price of admission, and few others can do it like Randy Orton and Kane. If that’s all that fans have to invest in, it’s fine, and it would be enough for perhaps one more match.
But in the meantime, I believe that it keeps both men in a holding pattern, as neither one is any closer to challenging for a championship on any level.
And there’s always Brock Lesnar, whose heat with John Cena will not last forever, and he will need an opponent at some point in the future.
The Viper versus the War Machine?
Now that’s what I call breaking new ground.