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Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins: Winner and Reaction from WWE WrestleMania 31

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2015

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Seth Rollins cost Randy Orton four months of his career, but The Viper got the last laugh Sunday at WrestleMania 31 as he defeated Mr. Money in the Bank.

The WrestleMania account provided a GIF of one of Orton's signature RKO's: 

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A second RKO sealed the deal.  

WrestlingINC.com had lofty praise for the match: 

Former star Lance Storm certainly approved of the match-clinching RKO: 

The tension between Orton and Rollins dates back several months to when they were both members of The Authority. Rollins took Orton out with a curb stomp on the steel stairs, which led to a lengthy absence.

The Viper returned with a vengeance at WWE Fastlane by attacking several of his former Authority brethren, although he would soon rejoin The Authority and seemingly patch things up with Rollins.

It all turned out to be a ruse, though, as The Viper eventually got the future of WWE to himself and decimated him with multiple chair shots and an RKO through the announce table on Raw.

Orton had given Rollins a taste of his own medicine, and the Money in the Bank contract holder didn't like it one bit, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:

With Orton firmly established as the enemy, Rollins rallied the troops in the form of J&J Security, Kane and Big Show in an effort to put a beating on The Viper ahead of WrestleMania.

As pointed out by WWE Universe, though, Orton had no issue going through everyone else before getting to Rollins:

The Viper finally got his wish at WrestleMania as he locked horns with his rival in a one-on-one contest.

Although it may not have been as highly touted as some of the other matches on the card, it featured two excellent in-ring workers and a compelling story.

Also, with Orton acting as the accomplished veteran and Rollins playing the role of cocky up-and-comer, there was a great dynamic between them.

It would have been easy to overlook this contest due to the focus on Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Sting and others, but there is little doubt that Orton and Rollins managed to deliver.

Orton was ultimately able to get his revenge for what Rollins did to him in November, and while it can be argued that the victory would have benefited Rollins more, he can certainly bounce back from it.

Rollins still has a lottery ticket that nearly assures he will become WWE World Heavyweight champion, and that means he can afford to take a loss.

The match between Orton and Rollins was more about the performance than the result, and both combatants impressed on the big stage.


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