For many years, the WWE fans have witnessed the unstoppable force known as John Cena. Between 2005 to 2007, Cena was seemingly unbeatable and was able to hold on to the WWE championship for about 90 percent of a two-year span.
Sure, he dropped the belt for a month or two here or there, but not a single man who faced Cena ever seemed to have his number.
That was of course untill he squared off with Randy Orton.
The push Randy Orton received during the Summer of 2007 was enough to catapult him into the WWE championship picture. We then had a confrontation between the unstoppable John Cena and the ruthless Randy Orton set.
Orton failed to capture the WWE championship at Summerslam 2007, but unlike the countless men who fell down to the wrath of John Cena, Orton continued his quest to become WWE champion, hungrier than he was before Cena beat him.
Randy Orton took things to a level that no one else could. To send a message to John Cena, he spared Cena, then punted his father in the head. His intent? Sending a message that Randy Orton is not a man you want to mess with.
So what did Cena do?
He got himself disqualified by ignoring the referees orders to stop viciously attacking Orton at Unforgiven 2007. Orton got underneath Cena's skin for sure, far more than Edge ever could have dreamed of.
Before the two had an opportunity to face off in a Last Man Standing match (back before Vicki Guerrero destroyed the specialty of it), Randy Orton viciously attacked Cena on the final Raw prior to the pay-per-view.
Cena legitimately tore his pectoral muscle in his match with Mr. Kennedy before Orton began his onslaught. I'm certain the two RKO's included in this violent beat down did not help Cena's real-life injury.
Regardless, the angle was that Randy Orton was the one who took Cena out of commission and in doing so Orton managed to accomplish the impossible.
John Cena was no longer the WWE champion.
Orton went on to defeat Triple H to become the WWE champion and the Age of Orton began.
When Cena returned, he didn't managed to recapture the title he never really lost in the first place.
Orton got himself intentionally disqualified at No Way Out and almost took Cena out of the Wrestlemania picture all together. Cena was then added to the Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania 24 but it would be Randy Orton who pinned Cena on the grandest stage of them all.
I don't care how he won either, his sneaky viper-like punt to Triple H's head following up with a pin over Cena's already Pedigreed body was a vintage Orton-like victory that was just as legitimate as any babyface's clean victory.
Even though Orton lost the title a month later at Backlash in a Fatal Four Way elimination match, he managed to punt Cena in the head and pin him in clean fashion to kill his chances of once again becoming champion.
When Cena returned from his head injury, Orton defeated him on Raw when he debuted with his new Voices entrance music.
Orton himself would sustain a broken collarbone in the months to come, but when he returned, he continued to have Cena's number.
He seemed jealous that Cena got extensive exposure for coming back from his neck injury when Orton received nothing after returning from a broken collarbone. Heel or not, he had a point.
With the formation of his Legacy, the first act the performed together was a vicious group attack on John Cena at the end of Raw. Randy Orton himself highlighted the beat down by DDT'ing Cena's head into the concrete floor.
Again, Orton managing to have Cena's number.
When The Legacy faced off against John Cena and Batista, they managed to easily keep Cena at bay while Orton took care of business.
Batista being punted in the skull and removed from WWE programing for months.
When Cena finally managed to get in the ring to look after Batista, he stood eye to eye with the Legend Killer and what could he do?
Since Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble, he now has his choice of what champion he wants to face at Wrestlemania 25. Being a Raw Superstar the choice is obvious.
John Cena is now running on borrowed time.
Randy Orton has said in personal interviews that he wants to face John Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania 25. That would be the best match the WWE could give us as the rivalry between these two Superstars can be taken to greater heights.
Will history repeat itself?
For Cena's sake, hope it doesn't.
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