Turns out there is more than one way to skin a snake.
Fresh off Heath Slater's display of bravery (and borderline insanity) against Brock Lesnar on Raw, it was clear that Randy Orton did not want to be seen as being outdone by his SummerSlam opponent. So, in an attempt of one-upmanship, The Viper suggested giving Slater an incredible opportunity on SmackDown Live.
Sports entertainment’s hottest free agent again did his best to fend off Orton’s serpentine attack, yet, as the match wore on, The Viper proved to be too much to handle for the courageous Slater. However, clearly with Beast on the brain, Orton could not contain himself, relentlessly beating Slater down and not adhering to the referee’s warnings to stop. This led to a disqualification, which led to a victory for The One Man Band. Slater, somehow, had done it.
Following the contest, though, Orton would not stop, subsequently brutalizing Slater after the bell, both in and out of the ring. The Apex Predator would mock Lesnar by hitting Slater with two German Suplexes, emulating The Anomaly’s signature hop and then finishing Slater off with an RKO.
The bottom line here? Orton can rest easy for the next five days — he knows he’s ready.