World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger def. Randy Orton (Extreme Rules Match)

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April 25, 2010

BALTIMORE -- On the night when it counted most, Jack Swagger defeated Randy Orton to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. After a brutal Extreme Rules Match, "The All-American American" secured his World Title with a Gutwrench Powerbomb to The Viper, but it was Orton who got the last laugh with a post-match RKO to Swagger. (PHOTOS)

"The All-American American" has seized every opportunity to come his way, defeating nine Superstars to win Money in the Bank at WrestleMania, then cashing in against Chris Jericho to win the World Title on SmackDown. But since becoming champion, Swagger has been tormented by Orton, who was determined to stop his momentum on the way to Extreme Rules. The Viper struck twice with success, defeating Swagger with a pair of shocking RKOs. Swagger lost every non-title match on the road to Extreme Rules, but when it mattered most Sunday, he was victorious, retaining his title.

On an evening like no other in WWE, where every match is contested under Extreme Rules, "The All-American American" secured a win against his most dangerous predator. When WWE goes Extreme, the competitors can use any necessary means and anything is legal, from steel chairs, garbage cans and the World Title itself. In Swagger and Orton's match, there were no count-outs, no disqualifications, and the win could come only by submission or pinfall, just as Swagger's did.

But while "The All-American American" fended off the venomous strikes of his Extreme Rules opponent, it was Orton who stood tall before the WWE Universe hitting his opponent with a vicious RKO after the match. However, it was Swagger who left the 1st Mariner Arena with the most-coveted prize, the World Heavyweight Championship.

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