The biggest night of Orton's life would turn into the worst night of his life, as Triple H executed a dangerous plan that would see the elimination of Randy Orton from the Evolution stable.
The way he was eliminated is what started the war that we see today between Triple H and Orton.
After Batista dropped him with an Electric Chair Drop, The Game busted him open and delivered a huge Pedigree to finish the deal.
A week after the war, Orton spit in The Game's face and acknowledge that his path to greatness would be his own.
Despite losing the gold to Triple H soon thereafter, Orton never stopped coming after The Game.
In the process of his quest to regain gold, he helped in lead Batista away from the wolves that had took him down the year before.
But Orton went after Batista and the gold, only to not only come up short, but also suffer yet another shoulder injury in the process.
And after being denied the chance to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania, and being taken down by Taker again a short time later, no one knew what the next move of the Legend Killer would be.
After both men were denied the right to be champion, Edge and Randy Orton united to form Rated RKO.
Their mission: To flat out destroy Triple H and for one of them to become Champion. In the process of the war, Orton never got his chance to lay claim to the WWE Championship nor the World Heavyweight Championship.
It wasn't until after the dissolution of Rated RKO and the injury to John Cena late in 2007 that Randy Orton's moment would finally arrive.