Randy Orton v John Cena: Read tale of the tape ahead of WWE Royal Rumble
Last Updated: 27/01/14 11:18am
Orton and Cena: will collide for WWE's ultimate prize at the Royal Rumble
Randy Orton and John Cena know each other like the back of their hands.
The Viper and The Cenation Leader have been on-off rivals for years, feuding for possession of the WWE Championship and, on occasion, teaming up to take down other notable Superstars.
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Orton and Cena's battles have been brutal - the grapplers have met inside Hell in a Cell, in a 60-minute Iron Man Match and, in December of last year, a Tables, Ladders and Chairs bout - but at the Royal Rumble, their clash will be gimmick-free.
Reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Orton defended his strap against Cena in a no-frills, singles encounter, with the winner to be decided via pinfall or submission only.
The competitors are two of the most decorated wrestlers in WWE history, so check out the tale of the tape...
Nicknames: The Viper, The Apex Predator, The Legend Killer, The Face of the WWE
Finishing moves: RKO, Punt kick
Height: 6ft 5in
Entrance music: Voices by Rev Theory
WWE main roster debut: 2002
Titles held: WWE World Heavyweight Champions (one, current); WWE Championship (7); World Heavyweight Championship (3); WWE Tag Team Championship (1); Intercontinental Championship (1)
Other accolades: Money in the Bank winner (2013); Royal Rumble match winner (2009)
Notable rivals: Batista, Triple H, The Undertaker, The Shield, Christian, Kane, CM Punk
Result at Royal Rumble 2013: Finished fifth in the Royal Rumble match, eliminated by Ryback
Achievements in 2013: Orton's year started slowly as he suffered heartbreak in the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber and then lost to The Shield at WrestleMania whilst partnering Sheamus and Big Show. However, after vanquishing the World's Largest Athlete at Extreme Rules, the Viper pinched the Money in the Bank contract at June's Payback event and used it to poach the WWE Championship from Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam in August. The Apex Predator battled Bryan throughout the autumn, defeated Big Show for his gold at Survivor Series and then became WWE's sole world titlist when he kept his strap - and won Cena's - at the TLC pay-per-view in December.
Nicknames: The Cenation Leader, The Champ, The Chain Gang Soldier, The Doctor of Thuganomics
Finishing moves: Attitude Adjustment, STF
Height: 6ft 1in
Entrance music: The Time is Now by John Cena and Tha Trademarc
WWE main roster debut: 2002
Titles held: WWE Championship (11 times); World Heavyweight Championship (3); United States Championship (3); WWE Tag Team Championship (4);
Other accolades: Money in the Bank winner (2012); Royal Rumble match winner (2008, 2013) Superstar of the Year (2009, 2010, 2012)
Notable rivals: Batista, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Triple H, Edge, Big Show
Result at Royal Rumble 2013: Won the Royal Rumble match, lastly eliminating Ryback
Achievements in 2013: Cena's win at the 2013 Rumble led to him beating The Rock at WrestleMania and reclaiming the WWE Championship. Successful defences against Ryback - including in a pulsating Three Stages of Hell Match at Payback in which the Human Wrecking Ball crashed through an ambulance - and Mark Henry followed, before the Chain Gang Soldier lost the garland to Bryan at SummerSlam and promptly took a sabbatical in order to undergo shoulder surgery. Two months later, Cena returned, conquering Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title and then preserving his grip on the belt by crushing Damien Sandow and then Del Rio once more, but then he ran into Orton...
Royal Rumble repeat booking details
WWE Royal Rumble will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) BUT NOT Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) between 9am, Monday, January 27 and 9pm, Saturday, February 1. Repeats showing will last for three hours.
The event is priced at £14.95 for UK customers, €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
You can order WWE Royal Rumble from Friday, January 17 by pressing the Box Office button on your remote. Select 'sports & events' and follow the on-screen instructions.
Viewers can call 08442 410 888 from Friday, January 17 to book WWE Royal Rumble. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
You can also book WWE Rumble online from Friday, January 17 by visiting this link: https://my.sky.com/orderboxoffice/
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