On Aug. 17, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton will settle their red-hot rivalry in a head-to-head showdown at The Biggest Party of the Summer.
This highly anticipated face-off was made official prior to the Aug. 4 edition of Raw, one week after The Viper struck his adversary with a lethal dose of venom in the form of a savage assault. The attack was in response to the black-clad Superstar cutting off Orton’s path to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match against John Cena. Despite Reigns and Orton’s sudden surge in opposition, their epic encounter has been months in the making.
Ever since Reigns’ arrival in WWE at Survivor Series 2012, these two combative competitors have found themselves on opposing sides. Recently, the hostility between both grapplers escalated as they took part in The Shield and Evolution’s legendary war. Even the historic battles that went down between both factions weren’t enough to put an end to the rising rivalry between these two talented Superstars.
As summer’s temperatures began to rise, Reigns and Orton’s dispute seemed to grow as well. Both Superstars fought to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Money in the Bank and WWE Battleground, with each nearly attaining WWE’s top prize.
On the July 21 edition of Raw, Orton seemed to be mere moments away from being named John Cena’s opponent at SummerSlam before Reigns attacked the former “Face of WWE.” Unfortunately for The Apex Predator, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar presented WWE COO Triple H with a “Plan C” he just couldn’t refuse.
It’s become clear that neither Reigns nor Orton will be able to achieve the goal of reaching the top of WWE’s food chain without first conquering their longstanding foes: each other. The question is now which Superstar will reign supreme on WWE’s biggest summer stage?
Don’t miss this sizzling SummerSlam showdown live on WWE Network and pay-per-view Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.