Randy Orton def. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes

SAN ANTONIO – Randy Orton may have defeated Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes at Vengeance, but it seems that The Viper has more venom to inject into Rhodes. (PHOTOS)

While many things have changed for Rhodes since he faced his one-time mentor Randy Orton at Wrestlemania XXVI, one thing hasn’t, Cody Rhodes still hasn’t been able to knock Orton off the pinnacle of WWE’s food chain as its Apex Predator.

Heading into Vengeance, Randy Orton split open Rhodes’ scalp using the ring bell and Rhodes responded by embarrassing Orton by knocking him cold and putting a paper bag on his head. However, it seems Rhodes strategy of trying to get inside the infamously unstable psyche of Orton only made The Viper more venomous.

Rhodes unloaded everything in his offensive arsenal against Orton, including his favorite finishing maneuver – Cross Rhodes – but the match came to an end as most of Randy Orton’s matches do – with a thunderous RKO, a three count and the Apex Predator’s hand raised in victory.