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Randy Orton def. Luke Harper

PHOENIX — As he prepares to main-event WrestleMania, Randy Orton would not be thrown off-track by his former Wyatt Family cohort, Luke Harper. The Viper vanquished Harper with a thunderous RKO at Elimination Chamber 2017.

While Bray Wyatt prepared to challenge for the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, his top acolyte battled the loyal follower he threw out of his Family. Harper overpowered The Apex Predator in the early moments of the match, forcing Orton to regroup at ringside. However, Harper would not give Orton an inch, continuing his attack at ringside. The Viper eventually responded in kind, viciously planting Harper onto the announcers’ desk with a sickening thud.

Orton slowed the match down to the methodical pace he loves, but that also gave Harper a chance to recover. The big man showed off his surprising agility before stunning The Apex Predator with a monstrous boot. After a huge tope suicida to the arena floor that sent Orton flying into the German commentary team, Harper gave The Viper a taste of his own medicine, slamming him into the announcers’ table.

Harper tried to capitalize back in the ring, but was caught on the ropes by Orton, leaving him vulnerable to a ring-rocking superplex. The big man recovered and nearly took off The Viper’s head with a pair of staggering superkicks. Harper was feeling confident as he planted Orton into the mat with a sit-out powerbomb, but there was no putting down The Apex Predator on this night. Harper went for his patented discus clothesline, but Orton countered and connected with the RKO to pick up the victory.

With this major roadblock out of the way, the Road to WrestleMania is clear for Randy Orton. Will anything stand between him and the WWE Championship in the main event at The Show of Shows?