The United States Championship Fatal 4Way had a tough act to follow in Charlotte Flair’s streak-ending SmackDown Women’s Title defense. But it did have Rusev.
New Orleans’ Superdome was as excited as WWE crowds around the world for Aiden English introducing the Bulgarian Brute for his match at WrestleMania 34 against Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and defending champ Randy Orton. Sadly, there was no tank, but that wasn’t enough to ruin the holiday.
Standard multi-person match booking took Mahal and Orton out first so Roode and the man of the day could fight, then The Viper subbed in for Rusev in that spot. The Glorious One found himself on the receiving end of a superplex by Randy, however...
This is what we call... VINTAGE @RandyOrton. #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/ndDD0qFuTL— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2018
That gave Rusev a chance to attack his old tag partner... and round and round we went, until Orton had himself a RKO party, hitting first English, then Rusev, then Jinder OUT OF NOWHERE.
.@WWEDramaKing, YOU get an #RKO!@RusevBUL, YOU get an #RKO!@JinderMahal, YOU get an #RKO!#WrestleMania @RandyOrton pic.twitter.com/uPRL9FN4T7— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2018
That started a stretch of finishers, and got the crowd excited after a Machka Kicks cleared the ring and set Mahal up for an Accolade. But Sunil Singh distracted Rusev, and a Khallas later, The Modern Day Maharajah had a new belt.
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