Randy Orton and C.M. Punk are set to clash at Wrestlemania 27 on April 3rd, and their ‘Road to Wrestlemania’ is heating up with less than two weeks left before they meet in the ring.
A MATCH THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING
It may appear that the issues between these two former World Champions started at the Royal Rumble, when Punk and his Nexus clan attacked Orton during his WWE Championship Match with the Miz. The beef between ‘the Viper’ and ‘the Second City Saint’ actually goes all the way back to 2008. Orton who was then the despised leader of the Legacy, attacked Punk before a World Championship match on the Unforgiven Pay Per View, and cost him his Championship gold. Though Punk and Orton later had a singles match on RAW, but the issue was properly resolved as Punk went to Smackdown and Orton moved on to a feud with John Cena.
Unlike the mega-match up between Triple H and the Undertaker for WM27 which is currently ignoring their previous Wrestlemania X8 match, WWE is utilizing deep seeded antimony to add depth to this feud. This also helps cover the reversal of roles with Punk now being a hated heel and Orton now a well-liked anti-hero.
It was a big deal when CM Punk positioned himself as the new leader of the Nexus earlier this year. The faction which has been chewed up and spit out by the John Cena machine was once again a relevant threat on WWE RAW with Punk as it’s new leader. Yet the entire Nexus vs. Orton angle was eliminated in past month on RAW, as Orton eliminated Michael McGillucutty, David Otunga, Husky Harris, and Mason Ryan in singles matches and post-match brawls. The ominous yellow and black pack of Nexus will not linger at ringside at Wrestlemania 27 waiting to the spoil the match for everyone. This will keep the match the way it should be: a final be-all end-all fight between bitter enemies.
Orton and Punk are more a like with their in-ring style then people would think, and this will benefit the athletic performance of both wrestlers. Punk who came from Ring of Honor with a hard hitting style that blended elements of hard-hitting Japanese wrestling, has the same sense of being methodical in the ring like the Viper. Orton who is known for pacing his matches down, until he he hits his out-of-nowhere RKO to finish opponents in a flash. Both can hit hard and being maniacal in how they inflict pain on opponents. So it will be match built around building momentum and paying off with a thrilling back and forth sequence of moves to make it extra exciting.
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- VIDEO PLAYLIST: We put together a playlist of the every RAW segment between Orton , the Nexus, and Punk. In less than 30 minutes, you can see the entire story playout from January right up until this week when Punk laid out Orton in front of his own wife. Click the video to get started.
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