The Viper made his way to the ring amid a chorus of boos from the Montreal crowd. The crowd was completely behind Ambrose as the bell sounded to signal the start of the bout.
Ambrose frustrated Orton early, using forearms and face rakes to control the contest. A flurry of hard rights and a big dropkick continued the Lunatic Fringe's early dominance.
A huge clothesline stopped any and all momentum Ambrose had built early on, turning the tide in the former WWE World Heavyweight champion's favor. Orton used a barrage of rights and stomps to floor Ambrose, but the former Shield member exploded with offense to get himself back into the match as we headed to break.
During the break, Orton sent Ambrose shoulder-first into the steel steps and zeroed in on the injury as we returned from commercial.
Ambrose caught Orton with a big DDT that got him back into the match after minutes of playing defense. A cross body block was followed by a series of hard rights that peppered the head of Orton. A Figure Four leglock followed.
An ugly botch occurred as Ambrose came off the top rope, and Orton was not prepared for it. This was an ugly spot that killed the heat of the match. Orton tried to win the crowd back with his trademark pose, then upped the aggression with an uppercut. A big clothesline by Ambrose finally won the audience back.
Ambrose sent Orton into the barricade and tossed chairs into the ring. Orton sent Ambrose shoulder-first into the post and sent him into the timekeeper's area. A DDT from the barricade to the floor followed.
Ambrose avoided several attempts at an RKO by Orton but rebounded off the ropes and right into the finisher.
Orton, via pinfall, following the RKO
Highlights and Quotes
"When's the last vacation you got?"—Michael Cole on JBL sucking up to the vacationing Authority
"Totally caught Orton by surprise."—JBL on Ambrose using the Figure Four, a move Ambrose has not used to this point
"You're not going to like this, Randy."—JBL as Ambrose rolled Orton into a ring filled with steel chairs
The spot where Ambrose threw the chairs into the ring was great and drew one of the biggest reactions of the night.
This was a very good match plagued by the noticeable, ugly botch in the middle. Lesser performers would have been unable to win the crowd back, but Ambrose and Orton crafted a great match from that point on and recovered as best they could.
The finish, with several pinfall attempts from Ambrose before falling prey to the RKO, was done well.
That said, Ambrose could have used the win. Orton is a great wrestler and is as over as one can get. Losing a match to Ambrose, who has yet to score that one defining singles win, would not have been a bad thing and would have enhanced Ambrose's star.
As it stands, Ambrose remains the scrappy pitbull-like performer whose showdown with Seth Rollins should be one of the matches of the year.