Result: Cody Rhodes calls for one of his baggers to come into the ring, but they wind up costing him the bout by allowing Orton to hit the RKO and get the three-count
This is where I begin to question the WWE's philosophy—if you can have Orton put Mark Henry over, then why can't you have him do the same for Rhodes?
A big pay-per-view win (and subsequent push) for Rhodes is going to help the long-term future of the company, while Henry's current run won't really mean that much in the WWE landscape a year from now.
I get that Rhodes already has a victory over Orton, but that came on TV. Not on PPV.
No one is going to remember that, and now that Orton is 1-0 against Rhodes on pay-per-view, you have to wonder where this feud is headed. I'm going to be an optimist for once, though, and say that this rivalry isn't over.
There's been too much invested in it to have it end like that, so much like some of the other feuds we've seen tonight. We should see this Orton/Rhodes rivalry continue all the way through Survivor Series.
After all, Orton likely isn't going to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship as long as Henry is holding it (though he could be if that Championship Scramble match happens), and Rhodes doesn't have any formidable competitors for the Intercontinental title at the moment. So, having them go at it again at the next pay-per-view is a smart idea.
It likely will be a traditional 5-on-5 match rather than a singles bout, though, with Team Rhodes consisting of guys like Sin Cara (the unmasked one) and Wade Barrett, while Team Orton will feature the real Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan. Maybe throw Sheamus and Christian on their respective face and heel sides as well.