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December 07, 2012

Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett

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Already set to face Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston for the championship gold at WWE TLC in nine days (MATCH PREVIEW), Wade Barrett prepared to take on the unrelenting Randy Orton — with “The Wildcat” joining the SmackDown announce team. Whether the English Superstar would be able to keep his full attention on WWE’s Apex Predator with Kofi in the wings remained to be seen. 

In the explosive bout that followed — pitting two of the most brutal brawlers in the squared circle against each other — The Viper eventually went for the RKO. But Barrett had enough presence of mind to hold onto the ropes at the last second, sending Orton crashing to the canvas without his prey in tow.

The tough-as-nails Barrett then turned his attention to the turnbuckle, looking as if he would remove it and expose his adversary to a much harder surface. But before he could, though, Kofi leaped up onto the ring apron to protest his action. This opened the door for a recovered Orton to hit the successful RKO for the huge win.  

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