WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Big Show

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November 24, 2013

BOSTON — WWE Champion Randy Orton retained his title against Big Show at Survivor Series in a manner that has become standard for the manipulative Authority. But The Viper wasn’t the only champion standing in the ring at the end of the night.

Making a massive statement without speaking a word, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena interrupted Orton’s victory celebration and faced off with his greatest rival in the center of the ring. No blows were exchanged, but WWE’s two top dogs held their titles high, teasing a potential showdown that has been a long time coming.

Check out photos of the intense staredown

It was an unpredictable ending to a match that was defined by unexpected moments. Earlier in the evening, WWE COO Triple H had announced that there would be no physical interference in any of the night’s bouts. That was troubling news for a WWE Champion who has relied heavily on the influence of The Authority to keep him in the title picture. A week after he had uttered the words, “I probably can’t beat Big Show by myself,” Orton was all alone against a true giant.

If The Viper lacked confidence, he made no attempt to hide it as he rolled out of the ring as soon as the bell rang. Hoping to avoid Big Show’s lethal fists, Orton stayed on the move early in the contest, but it’s hard to avoid the grasp of a man with a wingspan like an airbus.

Ultimately snatching the champion up with his catcher’s mitt hands, Big Show began to tee off on Orton with punches that could rearrange internal organs. All of The Viper’s third-generation instincts seemed to disappear as the idea of losing his WWE Title — and his status as the “face of WWE” — became a disturbing reality.

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