Orton, still harboring a ton of resentment for Owens & Zayn being instrumental in Team SmackDown’s defeat to Raw at Survivor Series, held nothing back against KO right from the get-go. The match saw it all, including Kendo stick attacks, savage superplexes and a plethora of physicality.
However, Zayn found a way to interject himself, waiting until Orton and Owens fought to the top of the stage and were not technically at ringside (thus Zayn was not breaking Shane McMahon’s stipulation), to take full advantage of the No Disqualification parameters. Zayn viciously attacked The Viper with a steel chair, targeting his left leg.
Orton attempted to fight back after the assault, but KO targeted Orton’s damaged left leg, finishing The Apex Predator off with a superkick and picture-perfect frog splash for the controversial win.