Next Sunday at WrestleMania 30, Randy Orton will put his WWE World Heavyweight Championship up for grabs in a Triple Threat match against Batista and either Triple H or Daniel Bryan. Orton has reigned supreme atop the WWE since SummerSlam, but his time as champion could very well be coming to an end on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
It was 10 years ago at WrestleMania 20 that Orton made his WrestleMania debut in a Handicap match, teaming with Evolution members Batista and Ric Flair to take on The Rock 'N' Sock Connection. Now, one decade later, Orton will be headlining the event as the world champion. Time flies, doesn’t it?
The Viper’s character as of late may not be as interesting as it once was, but there’s no denying that he can get the job done in the ring, and that’s especially evident at WrestleMania. Since most members of the WWE Universe are currently discussing Bryan’s Yes! Movement and Batista’s return to the company, I think Orton’s in-ring skills and ability to have a great match are often overlooked.
In light of this special anniversary, I will rank each of Orton’s matches at The Show of Shows from over the last 10 years. The ranking criteria will include that match's buildup, execution, aftermath and other factors.
Where will his Triple Threat match at WrestleMania 30 rank among these memorable matchups?