This time, however, there will be no tables, ladders or chairs involved in the outcome. This epic rematch will be a true test of both Superstars’ skill inside the squared circle.
After announcing the monumental bout, Stephanie McMahon declared that there will be no stipulations, no interference and no excuses in the championship clash. It will be one fall to a finish and will end by pinfall or submission.
The battle scars are still fresh on both competitors from a brutal Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at WWE TLC 2013. Though he was handcuffed to the turnbuckle at one point, Cena battled free from his shackles and nearly became the Champion of Champions. The cunning Viper, however, shoved the Cenation leader off a ladder, sending him crashing into a table propped up in the corner. That gave Orton the opening to grab both titles from their golden perch high above the ring, unifying sports-entertainment’s top two prizes into one ultimate championship.
Cena wasn’t going to go quietly into the sunset after coming up short at WWE TLC. The next night, Cena crashed Orton’s celebration and urged The Viper to give Daniel Bryan an opportunity at the WWE World Heavyweight Title. The Apex Predator did clash with Bryan in non-title action later that night, but when it looked like the bearded wonder’s resilience would bring him a huge win, Orton put a stop to it with a blatant low blow. And when Cena rushed to Bryan’s aid, he got a ring-rocking RKO for his troubles.
There won’t be any room for shenanigans on Jan. 26, 2014, when Cena and Orton write another chapter in their storied history that dates back to their time in WWE’s developmental system. Though the vicious temptations of the TLC Match won’t be looming nearby, there’s still no doubt that they’ll throw everything they physically have at each other to walk out of Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center and onto The Road to WrestleMania XXX with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in their possession.
Can Cena dethrone The Viper, or will Orton finally get rid of the huge thorn in his side? Find out at the 2014 Royal Rumble, live on pay-per-view Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.