When A Tearful Randy Orton And Stephanie McMahon Shared An Emotional Moment Backstage [Photo]

When A Tearful Randy Orton And Stephanie McMahon Shared An Emotional Moment Backstage [Photo]

Following Randy Orton's world title victory over Chris Benoit at SummerSlam 2004, Randy Orton shared a heartfelt moment with Stephanie McMahon backstage.

At SummerSlam 2004, Randy Orton challenged Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship. Mere months before the event, Randy Orton had established himself as a legit main event contender when he went through hell in a hardcore match against Cactus Jack at Backlash 2004. Randy Orton won the 20-Man Battle Royal to grab the opportunity to compete for Chris Benoit's world title.

The main event of SummerSlam 2004 witnessed Randy Orton and Chris Benoit beating the tar out of each other in an attempt to secure victory. The 20-minute battle ended with Randy Orton hitting an RKO on Chris Benoit and pinning him to become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.

Shortly after his iconic win, a photo of Randy Orton was taken backstage with none other than Stephanie McMahon. The picture in question shows Stephanie McMahon comforting an emotional Randy Orton over his victory at The Biggest Party of the Summer. Stephanie McMahon shared the picture in 2013 on her official Twitter account.

"@RandyOrton and I the first time he made history as the youngest World Champion at SummerSlam 2004" 


Randy Orton's first world title reign was a massive failure

Unfortunately, WWE didn't handle Randy Orton's first world title reign well on the Raw brand. Evolution kicked Randy Orton out of the stable and brutally beat him up, thus turning him into a mega babyface. Randy Orton then kicked off a feud with Triple H over his newly-won world title.

Randy Orton lost the world title to Triple H at Unforgiven 2004, with his reign not even lasting a month. After an unforgettable babyface run on WWE Raw over the next few months, Randy Orton finally turned heel again when he targeted The Undertaker on the road to WrestleMania 21. At the mega event, Randy Orton lost to The Undertaker. 

Randy Orton went on to become a 14-time world champion in WWE. Randy Orton has done it all in the business and boasts a massive fan following across the globe.

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