John Cena vs. Randy Orton Results: Highlights, Recap from Royal Rumble

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

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"This is awful."

Not exactly the chant any two Superstars want to hear during their match, especially when those two Superstars are future Hall of Famers like John Cena and Randy Orton. Yet, despite a match that was anything but awful, those were the chants that rained down on Sunday's WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.

Cena and Orton delivered fresh spots, including the stealing of one another's finishing moves, but never really won over a Pittsburgh crowd that was more interested in voicing their support for Daniel Bryan than investing themselves in a match that has been done to death in recent years.

When the aforementioned "awful" chants began, Cena was able to adapt, and the match's pace picked up significantly, leading to a somewhat heated finale.

Cena locked in the STF (Stepover Toehold Facelock) and appeared to be on his way to knocking off "The Viper" and capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Then it happened.

The Wyatt Family bumper aired, the Consol Energy Center went dark, and when the lights came back on, the creepy trio surrounded the ring, providing just the distraction Orton needed to catch Cena with the RKO and retain his title via pinfall.

After the match, Bray Wyatt planted Cena with Sister Abigail and posed over the fallen body of the leader of the Cenation.



There are nights when two guys, regardless of their resumes or chemistry with one another, simply do not click for whatever reason.

Sunday night was one of those nights.

The disappointing quality of the WWE World Heavyweight title match was not for lack of effort from the Superstars involved. Both champion and challenger did everything in their power to deliver a worthwhile match, but the fans in Pittsburgh cared much more about voicing their displeasure and/or boredom with the same tired main event stars wrestling in the same tired match.

Orton's victory seemingly ensures that he will enter WrestleMania XXX as WWE champion, but with one more pay-per-view between now and then, and a creative team that seemingly has no idea exactly what it wants to do with the marquee matches of this year's Showcase of the Immortals, that could change at any moment.

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The Wyatt Family interference at the end lends credence to reports that resurfaced earlier this week that Bray will take on Cena in one of the high-profile bouts at WrestleMania. It is a huge leap of faith for the company to put the relatively inexperienced Wyatt in one of the biggest matches of the year, but it should be interesting to see if the third-generation star can live up to the pressure he will be put under in the coming weeks.



The trading of finishing moves made for some really cool spots, even if the audience did not bite, but it was the Wyatt Family's interference late that was the most buzzworthy moment of the match and the one that will be remembered in the weeks that follow.