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January 11, 2013

Randy Orton def. Antonio Cesaro via Disqualification

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Prior to his contest against The Viper, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro declared his intentions of entering — and winning — the Royal Rumble Match on Jan. 27. Then in a match set up by Booker T at the top of the show, WWE’s Apex Predator took on The Swiss Superman for the first time in a one-on-one battle.

Orton matched Cesaro’s punishing physicality blow for blow, creating a hard-fought showdown from start to finish.  When The Viper appeared ready to strike with an RKO, though, The Shield suddenly descended into the ring to disrupt the action. The referee called the bout and awarded a disqualification victory to WWE’s Apex Predator, but the rogue trio continued their chaotic assault, planting the nine-time World Champion with a ring-shaking Three-Man Powerbomb.  

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