WWE Champion Randy Orton def. John Cena

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August 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES - A viper, or viperidae, is a species of venomous, nocturnal snake that ambushes its prey and can commonly be found in many areas throughout the world. On Sunday night, however, one only needed look as far as the STAPLES Center to track down the most dangerous Viper in the WWE Universe.

At SummerSlam, WWE Champion Randy Orton attempted to slither past his opponent John Cena using all manner of tricks. And while many paths were blocked to Orton, it only took one odd opening for The Viper to sink his fangs deep into Cena, lay him out with an RKO and retain the WWE Title.

First, the WWE Champion tried to get himself disqualified, realizing that the title cannot change hands due to a disqualification. Unfortunately for Orton, Mr. McMahon wouldn't hear of it. The Viper was also willing to lose the match by count-out, a loss that would also not allow a title change. Mr. McMahon, however, once again put his foot down.

Realizing he must face Cena were he to keep his precious gold, Orton reluctantly climbed into the ring. After the two engaged one another, Cena appeared mere seconds from victory when an overzealous member of the WWE Universe charged the ring and accosted the referee. As security swarmed, The Viper took advantage of the distraction, quickly confronting Cena and administering a devastating RKO to pin his foe for the win.

While viper species in nature have been known to withhold venom output when attacking their prey, it's clear that when it comes to the WWE Championship, The Viper of WWE isn't willing to hold back anything when it comes to retaining his precious gold.

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