John Cena and Randy Orton Have Wrestled in the Same PPV World Title Match A Lot Since 2007

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While perusing the vast library of WWE Network content last night for something to watch after WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view, I noticed a number of PPVs in the archive featured John Cena and Randy Orton battling it out for one of the World Championships, so I did some research.

Since 2007, John Cena and Randy Orton have wrestled each other (or in the same match with other participants, such as a Fatal 4-Way, six pack challenge, or Elimination Chamber match) with either the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Championship or WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line 20 times.

In 2014, this has already happened four times. Cena and Orton participated in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way last night at Battleground along with Roman Reigns and Kane. The two also competed in the Money in the Bank match for the then-vacant title at last month’s pay-per-view of the same name, along with Kane, Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt and Cesaro. At February’s Elimination Chamber, Orton defended the title against Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Christian and Sheamus in the chamber. And who could forget their Royal Rumble encounter in January.

The breakdown of times Cena and Orton have wrestled in a World Championship match by year is as follows:

• 2014: 4
• 2013: 1
• 2012: 0
• 2011: 0
• 2010: 3
• 2009: 5
• 2008: 3
• 2007: 4

Cena and Orton have engulfed the World Title picture and we’re only halfway through 2014. It’s obviously a testament to what WWE thinks of these two (perhaps more of Cena) that they’ve managed to stay in the championship scene for all this time. Or a pessimist could say it’s a failure on WWE’s part to build new stars. Even as we’ve seen the presence of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and more in the main event over the last five years, WWE continually falls back on its crutch of Cena and – to a lesser extent – Randy Orton.

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Video: Kenta Talks WWE Future with Renee Young

Newest WWE superstar, Kenta, spoke to Renee Young in this video WWE uploaded to its YouTube page. In it, he describes what it was like having Hulk Hogan deliver his contract and what his plan is for his WWE future.

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ROH Announces Cable and Satellite PPV Agreement

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Ring of Honor today announced it has reached a deal to broadcast events on cable and satellite pay-per-view, beginning with June’s Best in the World 2014. Previously, ROH special events were only available through iPPV and the company had a series of hiccups broadcasting via that avenue. The problems were so bad that ROH stopped broadcasting live iPPVs and began showing the events days later. Following all of those headaches, being able to broadcast live on traditional pay-per-view is a huge step in the right direction for Ring of Honor.

Via the company’s press release, the events will be broadcast in high-definition, with a TV-14 rating, and at a cost of $25.

Since former WWE writer and MLW founder Court Bauer has joined the company as a consultant, Ring of Honor has agreed to a partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling along with the new TV PPV broadcast deal.

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Sheamus, RVD, Cesaro and Barrett Advance in IC Title No. 1 Contender Tournament

WWE introduced a number one contender tournament for the Intercontinental Championship during last night’s Raw and held the four first round matches on the show. Rob Van Dam defeated Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro neutralized Mark Henry, Sheamus took down Jack Swagger, and Wade Barrett bullhammered Dolph Ziggler to advance.

The tournament will be stretched out over a few weeks, with the winner ultimately challenging Big E for the title, presumably at the Extreme Rules special event. I love that they’re not hotshotting the tourney and letting it play out a few weeks, giving the tournament and the title some more meaning.

The next round will see Rob Van Dam face Cesaro, while Wade Barrett will battle Sheamus.

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Video: Evolution Reunites on Raw

After a few weeks of teasing, Evolution is no longer a mystery as Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton are back on the same page. After a beatdown following an 11-on-3 match that pitted all the midcard heels against The Shield, that familiar Motorhead theme blared and out came Evolution. After continuing the beatdown of Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose, Triple H grabbed the mic and uttered the excellent line, “Believe… in Evolution.”

Seems like that rumored Shield v. Evolution six-man tag at Extreme Rules is happening.

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Eric Young Wins the TNA World Title, Probably Because He Has A Beard

TNA once again loosely borrowed a page from WWE’s book on last night’s Impact Wrestling, with Eric Young winning a gauntlet match in the opener to earn a World Title shot later in the night, where he would go on to defeat Magnus to win the belt.

The night also saw the return of Dixie Carter in her “Triple H heel authority figure” role, with Bully Ray playing the role of Daniel Bryan, telling her that it’s all about what he fans want, not what she wants.

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Ultimate Warrior Passes Away at Age 54

Less than a full day after his appearance on Raw, which followed his Hall of Fame induction and an appearance at WrestleMania 30, the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday at the age of 54.

The shocking news was first revealed by Triple H, who tweeted, “Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters.” WWE followed up with a confirmation of the news. TMZ is reporting that Warrior collapsed outside an Arizona hotel while walking to his car with his wife.

After decades away from WWE, Warrior and the company had finally reconciled, leading to his Hall of Fame induction. During the ceremony, Warrior announced he had also signed a multi-year deal to be an ambassador for the company. His appearance on Monday’s Raw, in which he donned an Ultimate Warrior facepaint mask and cut a promo, was his first on the show in 20 years and, sadly, would be his last public appearance.

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