Preview:Cena vs. Orton: A Battle for Redemption With 'Mania Implications
Who is the real WWE Champion?
If you ask John Cena, he would tell you that he is the true “Champ” – after all, he never lost his title in the middle of the ring. An attack by current WWE kingpin Randy Orton in late September left him with a torn pectoral muscle that forced him to relinquish the WWE Championship and sidelined him for four months.
Orton, of course, sees things differently. He says he took Cena out of the game, then claimed the WWE Championship (which Orton believes is his birthright) and has cemented his hold as the best in the industry by defeating greats such as Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Jeff Hardy in recent months. However, Orton hasn’t defeated one person in the ring – Cena.
On Feb. 17 at No Way Out, Cena and Orton will battle and our fans will find out who is the true WWE Champion. The stakes couldn’t be greater: One Superstar will leave with the gold and coveted spot in the main event at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Fla. The other will leave empty-handed and out of the most prized opportunity in sports-entertainment.
It's Personal: Two Superstars With Something to Prove
For Cena, this matchup is personal on so many levels. At the time of his injury last September, he was in a heated war with Orton that revolved around not just the WWE Championship, but the Legend Killer’s repeated attacks on his father. Because of Orton, Cena lost not only his championship but almost his career.
Doctors predicted that Cena’s injury would keep him out for up to a year, and that he would sit at home and watch Orton walk around with his title. He couldn’t stand seeing Orton with the WWE Championship he cherished. That’s why he trained feverishly and came back just four months after his injury, won the Royal Rumble Match and earned an opportunity at the WWE Championship. That’s why he couldn’t wait until WrestleMania to get his crack at Orton. Cena wanted to take back the championship he believed was rightfully his as soon as he could – at No Way Out.
Orton, meanwhile, wants to silence his doubters once and for all. He wants to eliminate Cena and prove that he is truly a “one-man dynasty.” Orton believes that Cena is not fully-healed from his injury and wants to take advantage of a "hot-headed" Cena. The Legend Killer loves the WWE Championship more than life itself; he believes it is his destiny. Orton believes defeating Cena in the middle of the ring at No Way Out would cement his legacy and clear his path to WrestleMania.
Only one man can emerge from No Way Out as WWE Champion and go to the main event at WrestleMania XXIV. Who will emerge victorious when John Cena and Randy Orton gamble for it all in Las Vegas? The only way to find out is to check out No Way Out, live on pay-per-view on Feb. 17.