The seeds of the Randy Orton and CM Punk rivalry were planted in late 2008 when Orton and CM Punk began to exchange words on Monday Night Raw.
Orton then attacked CM Punk at Unforgiven in 2008 before Punk’s World Heavyweight Championship match. The match, which was a scramble championship match, went on to be won by Chris Jericho. Thus, CM Punk lost his title.
After that, CM Punk vowed revenge on Orton. Fast-forward to 2011 and this is where the rivalry picks up
It felt a little odd watching the rivalry unfold at first due to Orton and CM Punk swapping roles. When Randy Orton attacked CM Punk he was the heel and CM Punk was the innocent baby face who had been blindsided and screwed out of his championship, but it was CM Punk’s bitterness that made this storyline work.
It’s a match many had wanted to see since 2008, and fans waited patiently until the day came that they would finally wrestle. Orton, the anti-hero face of WWE, and CM Punk, the straight-edge preacher, seemed like perfect oppositions to feud.
To top it off, they are both extremely dedicated performers and wrestlers. Fans were sure to be in for a treat at WrestleMania.
And they did not disappoint. The match was intense and heated like fans had hoped for. Both men raised the bar and gave it their all. CM Punk tried to go for Orton’s weak leg but Randy Orton was not going to give up that easily. The match ultimately ended with Orton RKO’ing CM Punk for the win.
But what does Orton’s win really show us? And what have we learned from Orton’s win?
In this slideshow, I am going to touch base on 10 things we learned from Randy Orton’s win at Mania.