On Friday, April 10, 2017, WWE Champion Randy Orton won the title for the third time in his career and the sixth time in the last seven years, after the All-Star Game in Houston.
And it was also a major moment in wrestling history.
On the eve of the event, WWE President Eric Bischoff was joined by President of Talent Relations Scott Hall and Creative Director Jeff Jarrett.
But, there were no surprises.
And as he explained to reporters backstage, “We were all kind of jubilant.
But at the same time, the news got out that it was just a title.
It wasn’t like it was something we had won.
That was kind of the moment that was really special to us.”
Hall was joined backstage by Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Kevin Steen, Senior VP of Creative Development Jeff Jarrett and WWE Superstars Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt.
It was a day to remember for Orton and WWE, but not just because it marked his fifth title defense in a row.
It also marked the first time in WWE history that the title was stripped of a number of elements.
The “slime” title was eliminated because it had no meaning, and no real connection to the actual franchise.
The gimmick that the WWE has had for years is the “gigant” title, which means “no filler” and refers to the fact that the characters are not just there to fill in for other wrestlers.
So, when Orton took the title, he had to put his name in the title with a clear connection to WWE’s main event of the night, John Cena.
And he did.
As Hall described it, it felt like “an instant classic.”
The title was the only thing on the line for the winner of the WrestleMania 31 main event.
The title came down to the wire at WrestleMania 32.
That’s when fans, fans from all over the world, went to the arenas to watch the Superstars compete for the title.
The match was live on television for more than half a million people, and it was the first televised Superstar vs. Superstar main event since the original Superstars debuted in 2002.
For the fans who had the most to celebrate, Orton beat Cena by one vote of the audience.
The rest of the crowd gave Cena the nod.
It all culminated in a Superstars Clash of Champions match on the main stage.
Orton got the nod in a controversial, controversial match that didn’t quite go according to plan.
But it did put Orton in a position to get a title shot in a WWE title match.
And the reaction on social media was a mix of cheers and boos, with fans calling the match a “slash and burn” as Orton tried to win.
Fans were quick to point out that Cena had the upper hand in the match, and that Orton could easily have easily beaten Cena in a match.
But when Orson was handed the title at Wrestlemania 32, he was so confident in his chances that he told WWE.com backstage, before the match started, “I’m not going to take it.
I’m going to put this title on the table and get the title back.
And I’m not gonna give up the title.”
Orton’s victory over Cena was the biggest moment in the history of WWE.
And when he was introduced as the new WWE Champion, the crowd went wild.
After the match ended, the audience, backstage and in the ring erupted in cheers and booing.
Orson then addressed the crowd, saying, “It was just an amazing moment.
And now I get to show people why I’m the WWE Champion.”
It wasn�t just a “great moment.”
It was one of the biggest moments in WWE�s history.
That�s because it was one for the ages.
After all, this was the year that a title had been stripped of its meaning.
It became a tag-team match instead.
In the ring, Orson and Wyatt came out to celebrate their championship win, then had to share the ring.
Ortons reaction to the title stripped of meaning was priceless.
It showed his confidence and how much he wanted the title belt back.
After Orton went to win the title in a cage match, he asked the crowd to come up to the ring and take a picture with him.
It�s an incredible moment for fans.
They got to see Orton be himself, and get to celebrate his victory, as well.
Fans responded positively to Orton�s photo, as they did when he won the World Heavyweight Championship in a rematch against Seth Rollins in April 2018.
It took some time for fans to get used to the change, but they didn�t mind.
After WrestleMania, fans started to see the change as something positive