In a dramatic turn of events on this week's SmackDown, Randy Orton, WWE's renowned Apex Predator, was at the center of a riveting episode, setting the stage for a monumental clash at the 2024 Royal Rumble Premium Live Event.
Amidst the intense preparations, an unexpected twist emerged from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Danhausen, who stirred the pot on social media with a playful jab at Orton. WWE's seasoned veteran Orton made a headline appearance on SmackDown for the pivotal contract signing, leading up to his Fatal Four-Way match at the Royal Rumble.
This high-octane match is set to feature an impressive lineup: Orton, LA Knight, AJ Styles, and the current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. However, amidst this high-stakes scenario, AEW's Danhausen seized the opportunity to captivate the audience in a unique manner.
Taking to Instagram stories, the comedic star humorously altered an image, superimposing an enlarged version of Randy Orton's face onto his own, generating buzz and amusement among fans. The motivation behind Danhausen's light-hearted trolling of Orton remains a topic of speculation.
It could be interpreted as a show of support for Orton ahead of his significant upcoming match, or perhaps a playful suggestion that Orton and Danhausen share a secret identity.
Orton Triumphs on SmackDown
Meanwhile, in the ring, Orton faced a formidable challenge against Solo Sikoa, the enforcer of Roman Reigns and member of the dominant faction, The Bloodline.
Prior to this showdown, Sikoa had successfully neutralized the other two competitors in the Fatal Four-Way match, AJ Styles and LA Knight, executing the Tribal Chief's strategy. However, Orton, demonstrating his resilience and strategic prowess, managed to overcome Sikoa in the main event.
He delivered a signature RKO to Sikoa, emerging victorious. In a stunning conclusion to the show, Orton further escalated the drama by delivering an RKO to Roman Reigns himself, standing tall as the episode drew to a close.
This development has undoubtedly heightened the anticipation for the Royal Rumble event, as fans eagerly await the outcome of this star-studded and tension-filled Fatal Four-Way showdown.