SmackDown results: Sheamus & Orton victorious, but at odds over upcoming ‘Rumble’

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January 04, 2013

Randy Orton returned; The Viper and Sheamus both enter the Royal Rumble Match; Booker T created a major SmackDown main event

RICHMOND, Va. — On the first SmackDown of 2013, Randy Orton returned to Friday night, immediately setting his sights on the Royal Rumble and the World Heavyweight Championship. After being teamed up with follow contender Sheamus, however, WWE’s Apex Predator and The Celtic Warrior showed why the upcoming pay-per-view will truly be every Superstar for himself.    

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For the first time since getting injured at the hands of The Shield of the Dec. 14 edition of SmackDown, Randy Orton stepped back onto the blue brand — declaring his intention to enter the 2013 Royal Rumble Match on his quest to recapture the World Heavyweight Title.

A determined Sheamus soon interrupted, throwing his hat in the Royal Rumble Match as well. Though last year’s Rumble winner thanked Orton for joining him and Ryback in Monday’s Raw counter assault on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, it wasn’t long before the two competitive Superstars were ready to butt heads. 

Just as things started to get tense between them, World Heavyweight Champion Big Show casted his enormous shadow on the situation, stating that even if one of them did make it through the traditional Rumble free-for-all on Jan. 27, they would only get a KO Punch for their trouble, not the World Title. United States Champion Antonio Cesaro joined the increasingly volatile situation as well, unleashing his unique brand of insults in the direction of all three Superstars.

Before things descended into chaos, SmackDown General Manager Booker came forth, creating a main event showdown that would pit Big Show & Cesaro against Orton & Sheamus. 

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