Randy Orton kicked off RAW last night and issued a challenge to WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. It didn’t take long for the Sexy Scotsman to accept The Viper’s challenge and the two will now collide for the WWE Title at SummerSlam next month.
Shortly after making the SummerSlam bout official, McIntyre squared off with Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. The King Of Claymore Country reigned supreme only to find himself on the receiving end of a vicious RKO.
What’s interesting is that despite advertising the McIntyre vs. Ziggler showdown as a WWE Title match throughout last week, the company changed it to a non-title bout over the weekend.
It was reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE had already taped parts of RAW that referred to McIntyre vs. Orton at SummerSlam. Thus, it wouldn’t have been a wise idea to book an Extreme Rules title rematch between Drew and Dolph this week following the mentions of Orton and McIntyre’s SummerSlam feud.
“Last week one of the segments was going to be Randy Orton going for the title, but it was torn up. Obviously, it was torn up because they were going to do the title match at the next show and they talked about the title match on this show. Then within an hour they decided that they just wanted to make sure that the Orton/McIntyre match was promoted this week because they didn’t promote it last week originally, they delayed it a week, but they promoted it before that [Ziggler] match and [Orton] was directly challenging McIntyre, not the winner so it was a fact because they were doing it that way they had to do it a non-title match.”
Since Orton challenged McIntyre outright, the idea of awarding a WWE Title rematch to Ziggler was completely ruled out.
Orton is McIntyre’s biggest threat to date, and it would be exhilarating to see their build for The Biggest Party of Summer.