Putting on the greatest wrestling match ever is a stressful thing to do.
Speaking on the newest episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions, Randy Orton was asked about his Backlash 2020 match with Edge, and whether he thinks they were backed into a corner with that label. While it wasn't an enviable position to be in, The Viper admits that it turned out to be one of his personal favorites.
Orton had this to say about the match:
"What a stressful position to be in, but this is one of my favorite matches I've ever had. I'm very happy with this match. Not only because of the pandemic and it was a weird situation to be in, but I feel like you can never have 'the greatest wrestling match ever,' but given the shackles that we were put under -- it was an uphill battle -- we did everything we could to do our best and we had the NXT crowd too. To be able to feel that. Here's these guys, much younger than me, they're watching like, 'this is how it's done.' There was a sense of pride in that too. Not only were we out there wrestling and working with no crowd and with the piped-in noise and the little bells and whistles, but we had that NXT crowd. It was like class. Let's show them how it's supposed to be done. We took our time and we got everything out of it. It's one of my favorite matches."
Orton defeated Edge on that night, putting away the Rated-R Superstar with his infamous Punt.
The match began with the old Madison Square Garden microphone set hanging from the ceiling while the voice of the late Howard Finkel provided the introductions. Throughout the bout, Edge and Orton provided plenty of callbacks to memorable moments and moves, including a chop battle ala Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, Eddie Guerrero's Three Amigos, Kurt Angle's Olympic Slam, Christian's Unprettier/Killswitch, Triple H's Pedigree, and The Rock's Rock Bottom, among others.
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