Randy Orton is one of the biggest WWE stars of the last decade without a doubt. Outside John Cena and CM Punk, no one is as favorably booked on WWE television as him. He’s made numerous trips to Eastern Iowa since his 2002 debut, frequently appearing at events in Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities.
Read the review of disc one, part 1 and part 2 of the disc 2 review, and the first half of the disc 3 review of Evolution of a Predator.
The second half of the DVD skips ahead over a year to Breaking Point in 2009 with an I Quit match between WWE champion Randy Orton and John Cena. This was the culmination of a several month log series of battles between the two men, and they worked hard to make it an I Quit match worth watching. The two men brutalized each other endlessly and by battle’s end both men, handcuffed together, weren’t getting up. Ultimately, Cena made Orton say I Quit, but only after surviving some of the most brutal punishment in recent memory. ***.
Next up is Hell of a Cell 2010 as Sheamus battled a now babyface Randy Orton with the WWE championship on the line in the pay-per-view’s namesake match. The two men brutalized each other on the outside of the ring for several minutes. Sheamus brutalized Orton with chair shots to the ribs and a backbreaker on steel steps. Ultimately it came down to those same steel steps as Orton got out of a High Cross on the steps and hit an RKO to drive Sheamus face first in to the metal. **3/4.
The disc moves to the match that the documentary was framed around: the Wrestlemania XXVII battle between Randy Orton and CM Punk. Punk controlled much of the match, but it always seemed like Orton remained mostly in control of the contest. Punk’s damage to Orton’s knee kept the punt kick out of play, but just when CM Punk thought he was in control Orton sprung up and turned a diving elbow attempt by Punk in to an RKO for the win. ***1/4.
The disc closes with one final match from 2011 as Randy Orton challenged Christian for the World Heavweight title on Smackdown just weeks later. This was Christian’s first and ultimately only title defense after winning the title for the very first time. Ultimately, Orton won the match just as he did the previous one, turning a flying move in to an RKO for the title. **1/4.
In the end, Orton ends the three disc celebrating ten years of his career with another World title. It seems a fitting ending point to the tale of a man, love him or hate him, that has helped define the WWE in the 21st century.
Eastern Iowa fans can find Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator at just about anywhere DVDs are sold including any of the three Cedar Rapids metro area Wal-Marts or Best Buy. Online copies can easily be found at Amazon or WWE Shop.