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17 Jaw-Dropping GIFs Of The Greatest Move In Wrestling History

An appreciation of one of the greatest WWE finishers of all time.

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So, this is Randy Orton:

He's a 12-time WWE Champion and overall badass. He's a third-generation wrestling superstar (his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., his father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and his uncle Barry Orton all competed in the squared circle). At 35 years of age, he's considered a seasoned veteran in the wrestling business and will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. They also call him "The Viper."
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He's a 12-time WWE Champion and overall badass. He's a third-generation wrestling superstar (his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., his father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and his uncle Barry Orton all competed in the squared circle). At 35 years of age, he's considered a seasoned veteran in the wrestling business and will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

They also call him "The Viper."

His finishing maneuver is the RKO:

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The move is simple yet devastating: He jumps in the air, grabs the back of his opponent's head, and falls flat on his back, driving his opponent's face into the mat. The move is intended to damage the opponent's face, neck, jaw, and spine.

Whether you love or hate this Superstar, you cannot deny that the move looks pretty sweet. Let's be real: It's one of the greatest finishers of all time. Why? Well...

1. He can perform the move on anyone, regardless of their size.

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Orton performing the RKO on Great Khali, a 7-foot tall behemoth.

2. The move can come from out of nowhere.

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3. Seriously...

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4. ... out...

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5. ...of...

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6. ...nowhere.

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7. Whenever an opponent lunges at him...

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8. He'll catch them in mid-air...

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9. And execute a beautiful RKO.

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10. Because that's what the Viper does.

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11. He's able to counter his opponents' signature maneuvers.

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Orton countering Undertaker's chokeslam into an RKO.

12. And make an RKO out of it.

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Orton turning Alberto Del Rio's signature enziguri into an RKO.

13. But most importantly, the RKO looks vicious.

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14. And very fitting to Orton's "Viper" character.

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15. VICIOUS.

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16. So all hail the RKO...

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17. One of the GREATEST finishers in pro wrestling history.

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