5 matches that prove Randy Orton is Mr Survivor Series
The Viper has dominated Survivor Series through the years.
Undertaker had WrestleMania with his whopping 23-2 win streak, Brock Lesnar is the king of SummerSlam, only losing once on the PPV. Some could say that Stone Cold had Royal Rumble(though it's arguable), but what certainly isn't arguable is that Survivor Series is Randy Orton's show.
Randy Orton has gotten a bad rap this year since WrestleMania for being stale. It is undoubtedly true that his creative direction and character have been relatively stale over the past few months, but there are a few reasons for that as well.
His feud with Jinder didn't exactly set the world on fire, and on Edge & Christian's podcast, The Viper admitted that he was bored of playing a babyface character. That likely explains why he hasn't been putting in the level of effort as one of SmackDown Live's top babyfaces.
However, one thing WWE fans know is that a motivated Randy Orton is the best Randy Orton. And Survivor Series is the best time to be a Randy Orton fan. Here are 5 instances to prove just that:
#5 Team Bischoff vs Team Austin (Survivor Series 2003)
2003 was one year into Randy Orton's career, and The Legend Killer was still finding his stride. Mind you, this was one month before he would embark on a 7-month Intercontinental Championship run.
Randy Orton was a part of Evolution and he was chosen as one of the five to represent Team Bischoff against Team Austin. The stipulation of the match was that if Team Austin lost, RAW co-General Manager "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would be forced to leave WWE for good.
At the end, it was team Bischoff who prevailed, and the young upstart in Randy Orton experienced his first taste of Survivor Series success, being the sole survivor of his team after pinning Shawn Michaels.
It was an unclean victory since Batista came in and hit the Batista bomb on a distracted Shawn Michaels, but it helped keep the heat alive and was the beginning of Randy Orton's Survivor Series dominance.