If The Viper Randy Orton was trying to get a message to current World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry this past Friday evening on SmackDown, consider it signed, sealed, and delivered.
Orton used Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes as his punching bag, literally sending Rhodes to hell one week before WWE’s Hell in a Cell Pay Per View (Sunday, Oct. 2).
While Henry was defeating Christian to retain his title in a lumberjack match to cap off the evening, Orton ran through Rhodes in a match that was contested inside the ring, then outside, seeing Orton get disqualified for using the mask of Rhodes against his opponent.
Orton then took Rhodes to the woodshed, destroying the IC champ for everyone to see.
Shortly removed from losing his title to Henry a week earlier at Night of Champions in Buffalo, Orton served notice that he will do whatever it takes to regain the crown when the two square off next Sunday night.
Whether or not Orton regains the title is up in the air, but consider Henry forewarned as to what fate may await him. Quite simply, just ask Cody Rhodes.
In last Friday’s other action:
- Sheamus def. Heath Slater;
- Wade Barrett def. Justin Gabriel;
- Natalya & Beth Phoenix def. A.J. & Kaitlyn;
- The Great Khali def. Jinder Mahal;
- Sin Cara def. Daniel Bryan;
- Non-Title: Air Boom def. Jimmy J& Jey Uso.
The 1-2-3 –
Overall, a good card last Friday night from Dayton, Ohio, but several things are quickly growing old.
First, as I have harped on for months now, the Divas division really needs a new injection of excitement. This “new era” of Beth and Natalya removing the “Barbie” dolls is getting old. Too bad Trish Stratus, Lita or Mickie James, who actually were entertaining in one form or another, are not getting the boots and trunks on again.
Secondly, the double Sin Cara storyline has grown old quickly. Are we essentially settling for some “twin magic” like we have with the Bella Twins?
On a high note, I continue to love what I’m seeing from The Great White Sheamus. Having met him recently, he is a class act both in and out of the ring.