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September 12, 2004

Randy Orton vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship

At SummerSlam 2004, Randy Orton defeated Chris Benoit to become World Heavyweight Champion; however, Triple H couldn't bear to see anyone else with the World Heavyweight Championship, let alone one of his protégés. The next night, as Evolution celebrated on RAW, Triple H turned his thumbs up for Orton to thumbs down. "Now," he yelled to Batista who viciously slammed the young champ he had been holding on his shoulders. Evolution proceeded to beat Orton severely, with Triple H splitting his head open with his recently won gold.

The following week, Triple H offered Orton a chance to redeem himself and rejoin Evolution, but demanded that Orton apologize and hand over the Championship to The Game. Instead, Orton spit in the face of his former mentor. In the weeks that followed, the two men went after each other; sometimes even with the use of the brutal sledgehammer. At Unforgiven, they squared off to decide who the true champion was. While Orton was seemingly able to get inside the head of the Cerebral Assassin and RKO'd ever member of Evolution, Triple H was ultimately the one to walk away with his ninth World Championship.

The match started with The Game giving the Legend Killer a healthy shove. Orton responded with a slap across the face before he spit on his former teacher. Triple H was so angered by the show of disrespect that he let his emotions get the better of him, allowing Orton to dominate the beginning of the match.

Once The Game settled down though, he went to work on Orton's left leg. After several destructive cracks of the leg across the ring post, Triple H did some serious damage when he got his former student in the Figure Four Leg Lock. The referee broke the hold after he caught Triple H using the ropes for more leverage; when he went to get Orton in the Figure Four again, the young champion was able to kick him off and sending him flying into one of the ring posts, busting him wide open. Seeing his former mentor bleed got Orton fired up and back in the match.

Despite being in a lot of pain from the abuse to his leg, Orton set up for his signature RKO, but Triple H shoved him into the referee, knocking the official out of the ring. Triple H set up for the Pedigree, but Orton reversed it for an RKO.

With the ref out of the picture, Ric Flair ran to the ring to help Triple H, but Orton quickly tossed him out. Batista quickly followed, but speared the ring post when Orton quickly moved out of the way of the attack. With no ref still in sight, Triple H hit the unsuspecting Orton with a low blow that sent him to the mat.

At that point, Jonathan Coachman quickly ran down the ramp while throwing on a referee shirt. Triple H covered his opponent, but was only able to get a two count. After some scuffling, Orton went on an RKO spree, hitting Flair, Coachman and Batista with his devastating move.

Distracted by so many opponents, Orton never saw the steel chair blow to the head from Triple H coming. The devastating blow was followed by a Pedigree on to the chair. The Game threw the chair out of the ring while Batista threw the referee back in. The still bloody Triple H then covered Orton with the last bit of energy he had, as the ref counted 1-2-3.

When Orton came to and saw Evolution celebrating at the top of the ramp with the World Heavyweight Championship, Orton's face showed a level of agony and fury that was without compare.

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