Their legacy decided.
At Wrestlemania XXVI, Randy Orton put down his own creation.
The culmination of Rhodes and DiBiase's defiance came to a conclusion at their own expense.
They continued to push, push, and consequently be pushed past their limit (by even sharing the ring with Orton at Wrestlemania) and it cost them.
It cost them dearly.
While the match's existence in and of itself was living proof of a greater disappointment, the WWE did a fantastic job of delivering both a realistic and satisfying conclusion.
Common-sense, logic, and history all backed the fact that both Rhodes and DiBiase had not earned their way into a Wrestlemania match with Randy Orton; that much was clear before the bell even rang.
But while Rhodes and DiBiase were beneficiaries of the luxury of sharing the ring with greatness, they also became the beneficiaries of a Wrestlemania beat-down that concluded with both Legacy members being put out of their misery.
Cody Rhodes was punted in the skull; a selfless act on Orton's part that spared Rhodes the embarrassment of being pinned and the humiliation of subjecting himself to future beatings.
But the best was saved for last.
DiBiase snuck up behind Orton in the hopes of catching him with a "viper-like" finisher, only to have his signature move reversed and followed up by an RKO that put him out of commission.
While Randy Orton was clearly worthy of greater competition on this night, at least the match played out the way it should have with both Legacy members left broken as their creator stood triumphant.
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