WWE’s Mind Blowing Maneuver: R-K-Oh My GOD!
Yes, we know that professional wrestling is scripted, but sometimes there are things that happen in the phony world of wrestling that make us go “wow.” The recent episode of WWE Monday Night Raw featured one of those moments.
“The Viper” Randy Orton was facing nemesis Edge in a bout to preempt the upcoming “Money In The Bank” pay-per-view. For the most part, the match was your standard fare co-main event you would see on Raw. Everything was going smoothly with your usual back-and-forth action. There was nothing to give you an inkling as to what was about to happen. As the bout finished with an entertaining sequence of events that featured Chris Jericho‘s interference giving Edge the victory, Jericho hitting Edge with his finisher “The Codebreaker” and Orton nailing Jericho with his patented RKO finisher, all seemed to be normal. Then rising star Evan Bourne headed into the ring to seek vengeance on Orton from the previous week when he tasted the RKO. Again, this is the norm for a Monday Night Raw featured bout.
As Bourne entered the ring and clocked Orton with a kick to the face, the high-flying superstar climbed the turnbuckle to go for his finishing maneuver called “Air Bourne.” The move, commonly known as the “Shooting Star Press,” is pretty awe-inspiring in itself as Bourne leaps off the top turnbuckle, executes a backflip in mid-air and lands on his opponent. Brock Lesnar attempted the move at Wrestlemania 19 and damn near killed himself as he landed on his head.
With Orton laying near the center of the ring, it appeared Bourne was about to nail him with the finisher and bring the crowd to its feet.
Not on this night…
What could quite possibly be the most brilliant display of timing, finesse and shock happened at that moment. As Bourne soared through the air and was midway through his back flip, Orton popped up and captured Bourne in the RKO. For the non-wrestling fans, this may sound like Chinese, but basically Orton and Bourne executed a move they only had one shot to pull off. If they botched the move somebody was either going to get hurt or it would have looked absolutely terrible on television. But these two made it happen and the entire arena erupted in cheers as a move like this has never been seen before.
You’ll have to actually see it to believe it.