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Jeff Hardy Attacked by Randy Orton After Extreme Rules Loss to Shinsuke Nakamura

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23:  Randy Orton enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015  at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
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Randy Orton made his return to WWE at Extreme Rules on Sunday night.

Orton arrived after Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship. Whereas it seemed Orton would attack the new champion, he instead put his focus on Hardy. The Viper measured up a kick to Hardy's groin, adding to the former U.S. champ's dismay:

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Just after losing The #USTitle to @ShinsukeN, @JEFFHARDYBRAND was ATTACKED by @RandyOrton at #ExtremeRules! https://t.co/lRkQWLqof6

Orton's attack was a great piece of storytelling.

During the April 17 edition of SmackDown Live—the second night of the WWE Superstar Shake-up—Hardy interrupted what was set to be a match between Orton and Shelton Benjamin. Orton looked a bit miffed by the situation at the time:

Then, Hardy successfully defended the U.S. title against Orton at Backlash in May. Clearly, Orton hasn't forgotten that loss.

Regardless of whether he has any unfinished business with Nakamura, Hardy's problems are only beginning with Orton hot on his trail.

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