Following 2017 Royal Rumble Match winner Randy Orton’s defeat of WWE Champion John Cena in tag team action one week ago, the two longtime rivals clashed this week in singles action for the first time in SmackDown LIVE history. The match, which could possibly be a preview of the main event of WrestleMania 33, swept up the WWE Universe as the two future surefire WWE Hall of Famers went back and forth during Team Blue’s main event.
Elimination Chamber competitor Bray Wyatt lurked at ringside as the match raged on and, after each kicked out of the other’s signature maneuvers and the referee took a tumble, Wyatt struck when he felt the moment was right. Wyatt and Orton double teamed Cena and he dropped The Champ with Sister Abigail. However, The Eater of Worlds’ interference was neutralized by his former follower Luke Harper who appeared, no longer in awe of Wyatt when he finally struck down on his former leader. This all led to The Champ capitalizing on the chaos, hitting the AA to defeat The Viper in the massive main event.