In his first WWE match since WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO Sunday night in one of SummerSlam's headline bouts.
Lesnar bloodied Orton and eventually the match had to be called. WWE's SummerSlam Twitter account provided a photo of the scene when the bell rang:
After the match ended, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon came into the ring, only to receive an F5 from Lesnar.
It's unclear how much of the match was scripted, and how much was Lesnar going off on his own. The Ringer's Bill Simmons found the action bizarre:
ESPN's Arash Markazi noted how the fans reacted to the ending, as well as speculating about the bloody ending:
The Beast Incarnate took a lengthy hiatus from WWE after beating Dean Ambrose at the biggest show of the year, but he has remained busy, as he emphatically defeated Mark Hunt in the main event of UFC 200.
His victory didn't come without controversy, as it was later revealed that he failed a pair of drug tests before the fight. But that didn't impact his WWE status, and he returned as scheduled for WWE's summer spectacular.
It was announced several weeks ahead of the pay-per-view that Lesnar would face The Viper, who had been out of action for nine months due to a shoulder injury.
The Conquerer was drafted to Raw and The Apex Predator was drafted to SmackDown as part of the brand extension, but that didn't stop them from building up to their match in an entertaining fashion.
In interviews for Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel at Battleground and The Miz's Miz TV on SmackDown, Orton insisted that he would take Lesnar to "Viperville" and that he needed only one RKO to put The Beast out of commission.
Lesnar and Paul Heyman were defiant in their return to Raw, but Orton put his theory to the test by appearing from seemingly out of nowhere to hit his opponent with an RKO, as seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE Universe:
At the risk of waking a sleeping giant, Orton then taunted Lesnar on Twitter as well:
Orton's decision to sneak attack Lesnar didn't go unpunished, as Brock made an unadvertised appearance on SmackDown to interrupt The Viper's match against Fandango and hit him with a retaliatory F5.
With the rivalry between Lesnar and Orton at a fever pitch, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation surrounding their match at SummerSlam, which is something that seemed unlikely when it was first announced, considering Lesnar's status as a part-time Superstar.
While Lesnar and Orton had one previous televised singles match against each other on SmackDown in 2002, they are far different competitors now, which made their SummerSlam clash feel like the first time they ever locked horns.
The creative team had an interesting choice to make in terms of either giving Orton the win, since he appears weekly and is one of the faces of SmackDown, or giving Lesnar the win, since he is their top draw and keeping him credible likely helps the bottom line.
WWE decided to go with the latter and the big-money possibilities Lesnar presents moving forward.
Perhaps the biggest key will be the manner in which Orton is handled in the coming weeks and months, but if he is booked strongly on SmackDown and moved into the title scene in the near future, he shouldn't have much of an issue rebounding from Sunday's loss.
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