Randy Orton edged closer to John Cena and Ric Flair's record of 16 wrestling World Championships at Hell In A Cell 2020 last weekend, defeating Drew McIntyre to become WWE Champion - his 14th reign with one of the promotion's top titles.
That this came after two successive pay-per-view losses to McIntyre (at SummerSlam and Clash of Champions) raised many an eyebrow amongst the fanbase, and, indeed, the WWE locker-room.
Fightful Select reports that the WWE wrestlers they spoke to about Orton's win were largely confused by the timing of Randy's big triumph. Though considerable effort went into protecting 'The Viper' from WrestleMania 36 to SummerSlam, as he reprised his old 'Legend Killer' gimmick, McIntyre had since defeated him twice, before Orton's fortunes experienced a dramatic U-turn at HIAC.
It is noted that Orton is a well-liked and respected figure backstage, having developed a reputation for being particularly helpful with younger talent over the past few years. Nonetheless, his booking patterns made the timing of his latest World Title win confusing.
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