Last week on the April 29, 2013 edition of Monday Night Raw, John Cena took the fall for his team as he patterned with Team Hell No to face off against the three members of The Shield. To add a psychological level of insult to injury, Ryback, whom we all thought left the building for the night, was seen at the top of the ramp starring down Cena as he was nursing his injured ankle. However, this would not be the part of the show that the WWE Universe would buzz about as they departed the arena. Instead the buzz would be on an earlier occurrence with a one on one match between Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes. That conversation among the audience would consist of how they stole the show that night.
At the end of the first hour of Raw, we were treated to a spectacular match between these two. This match was a single display of two wrestlers telling the live and television audiences “We do matter”. Orton and Rhodes came to the ring and simply tore the house down by giving us a match that told an excellent story and set the example of ring theory. This match could’ve easily been compared to the Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon ladder match at WrestleMania 10 because it was not the main event, but it was what everyone went home talking about.
This match couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. With the time off that CM Punk is currently taking and John Cena’s injury which is limiting his ring time, the WWE needs additional top talent. Depending on how Rhodes’ character pans out, he would make a perfect contender for the World Heavyweight Championship against Dolph Ziggler. In addition, Orton has put himself back into the conversation as a legitimate contender for Cena’s WWE championship.
Overall, we the viewers were treated to a gem last Monday with that one on one match. It’s always good to be a part of a game changing moment that could reshape the landscape of the WWE. The stock is rising for both Orton and Rhodes after their incredible encounter, and it’s going to be interesting to see what may happen out for them. In addition, we must take into consideration that the Money in the Bank pay per view is only two months away; could we be looking at the two winners for each brand?
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports