Throughout the history of professional wrestling there are a select few finishers that have the impact of the RKO. When you add in the quick strike capability and the situations in which Randy Orton is able to pull off the move, it just might be the best finisher we've ever seen. It's certainly the greatest one we have going today and with Randy Orton set to return to the ring shortly, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at the greatest RKO's Orton has delivered throughout his career.
Randy has proven throughout his lengthy run in the WWE that no matter the situation, he's only one RKO away from securing victory. With his quickness and smoothness in the ring, he's capable of pulling the move from out of nowhere (as we're all aware) often ending his matches with some of the most jaw dropping moments in years. It doesn't even matter who his opponent is, big or small, fast or slow, former champions or perennial jobbers, at one time or another everyone has an RKO with their name on it.
He's one of the most graceful in ring performers that we've had the pleasure to watch and Orton is not afraid to show it off when it comes to delivering the patented RKO. He can use it off the top rope, when his opponent's are flying at him, from the top of a ladder, or even as a response to a shooting star press attempt. The innumerable amount of ways that the move can strike has kept it as one of the greatest finishers that fans can't wait to see. You know it's popular when instead of chanting the wrestler's name, crowds will chant "RKO" at the top of their lungs, praying that they'll be able to see a new and innovate way for the move to be delivered. So sit back and enjoy these fifteen greatest examples of the most beautiful move in sports entertainment.
15 Tyson Kidd - Raw 4/13/15
14 Cesaro - Money In The Bank 2014
13 Roman Reigns - SummerSlam 2014
12 Alberto Del Rio - Hell In A Cell 2012
11 Christian - SummerSlam 2011
10 CM Punk - WrestleMania 23
9 Carlito - Unforgiven 2006
8 John Cena - Raw 9/13/10
7 Rob Van Dam - Money In The Bank 2013
6 Chris Benoit - SummerSlam 2004
5 Wade Barrett - TLC 2011
4 Jeff Hardy - Royal Rumble 2008
3 The Undertaker - WrestleMania 21
2 Seth Rollins - WrestleMania 31
1 Evan Bourne - Raw 7/12/10
In the build up to Money in the Bank, two competitors in the titular match went one on one with Randy Orton facing off against Edge. After Edge picked up the victory, all hell broke loose when some of the other competitors rushed the ring looking to get the jump on Edge and Orton. First Chris Jericho came out to hit Edge with his Codebreaker, only to eat an RKO from Orton when Evan Bourne decided to head out and lay out The Viper. With Randy Orton down in the middle of the ring, Bourne went for his own breathtaking move, the Air Bourne, to put an exclamation point on the assault. When Bourne took off from the top rope, Orton shot up so quick that if you blinked you missed it and nailed Evan with the single most impressive RKO in history.
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