With Rey Mysterio clearly labeled as Randy Orton’s newest target, the two faced off in one-on-one competition on the blue brand. Orton, resentful of Mysterio’s connection with the WWE Universe, attempted to bring his usual methodical attack to The Biggest Little Man in the SmackDown LIVE main event.
Orton relentlessly attempted to wear down Rey-Rey with several stinging strikes and attempted to rip off Mysterio’s legendary mask, but Mysterio fired back with his signature heart and dynamic offense. In the pivotal moment, The Apex Predator struck with an unbelievable RKO on the outside when Rey was attempting his signature head-first slide. Orton then dragged Rey’s lifeless body into the ring and connected with another RKO to pick up the win. Clearly not satisfied with merely claiming the victory, The Viper grabbed a steel chair, placed it around Rey’s neck and ran his foe into the ring post. Standing over his prey, Orton stole Rey’s mask and held it in the air as medical personnel tended to the clearly hurt Mysterio.