We knew it was coming and now it's official: Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton will, in fact, take place as a featured match at the upcoming WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Aug. 17, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
This highly anticipated face-off was made official prior to the Aug. 4 edition of Raw, one week after The Viper struck his adversary with a lethal dose of venom in the form of a savage assault. The attack was in response to the black-clad Superstar cutting off Orton's path to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match against John Cena. Despite Reigns and Orton's sudden surge in opposition, their epic encounter has been months in the making.
Orton actually laid down the challenge for this match on last week's episode of SmackDown and tonight's episode of Raw was promoted around the fact that Reigns would respond to it.
Well, this announcement coming a couple hours early makes all that feel a little pointless now, huh?
Here's the updated SummerSlam match card and line-up:
- John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE world heavyweight championship)
- Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella
- Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
- Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
- AJ Lee vs. Paige
- Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton