Despite not working a singles match together in close to three years and only going ten minutes, this was amazingly cliche for these two. Chinlocks. Finisher kickouts. Blah.
If Big Match John wants to work “Finisher Kickout” matches on big PPVs with AJ Styles, that at least makes sense on a certain level. Doing that shit in ten minutes of screen time with Orton on a Smackdown is inexcusable though. Be better, John.
The silver lining of this contest was the Luke Harper late in the match. He attacked Bray Wyatt and assisted Cena with beating Orton. It got a big reaction. (**1/4)