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Randy Orton makes history as new WWE world heavyweight champion
By Scott Fishman
It took tables ladders, chairs and a pair of handcuffs, but Randy Orton walked out of the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view the WWE world heavyweight champion.
The third generation performer was able to defeat John Cena in a hard-fought battle between longtime rivals. I think what made the win all the more impressive is Orton did it without any help. There were no run-ins or screwjob endings. It was a relatively clean finish. Well, as clean as you can get in a TLC match. He used his environment and his resources, making the most of the no disqualification stipulation.
Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon stood in the ring to celebrate the milestone and new era in WWE. Orton is now the lone wolf standing at the top of the mountain. This goes right up there or even trumps when Orton won his first world title at the 2004 SummerSlam when he was really just starting his WWE journey.
No matter what happens going forward in his already legendary career, he will always be remembered for this accomplishment.
The WWE world heavyweight champion. This puts Orton up there with all the greats the same way it did for Chris Jericho, who won the undisputed title this month well over a decade ago.
However, this only puts a bigger target on his back. Now every superstar will be gunning for Orton's unified title. Winning the Royal Rumble and a Money in the Bank briefcase is as important as ever. Orton has everything to lose at this point.
Top contenders will be going after the newly christened champion, but you can bet the "Face of WWE" is now as dangerous as ever. He will do anything to keep his gold. Orton's confidence is now at an all-time after some doubt the last few weeks. The performer now has new motivation and an obvious vote of confidence from the Authority.
It will be interesting to see how having one world champion changes the game in WWE. Orton got an early Christmas present and saw a dream come true at TLC. The question is how long he will be able to keep it and when or if the dream turns into a nightmare.