At WWE SummerSlam, Kofi Kingston defended the WWE Championship against Randy Orton. The rivalry between the two men goes back roughly a decade, which made this defense quite personal for Kingston. The match ended in a double countout; Kingston rolled out of the ring after an RKO and Orton failed to get him back into the ring.
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Early on, Kingston argued with Orton and the Viper used Kingston’ s emotions against him. Orton sent Kingston crashing to the outside and used the announce tables to hurt the champion. Orton continued to dominate the match until Kingston flew off the stairs and the Viper with a flying forearm. Orton dodged a crossbody, which sent Kingston tumbling onto the floor. Kingston planted Orton with a tornado DDT off the top rope. The champion hit the Boom Drop but Orton countered the Trouble in Paradise into a backbreaker. Orton mocked Kingston’s New Day clap but the champion took the Viper down with a dive off the top rope. The Viper planted Kingston with a spike DDT. Kingston reversed an RKO but Orton countered Trouble in Paradise and hit Kingston with an RKO in mid-air. Both men got counted out after Kingston rolled out of the ring. The rivals brawled around ringside and Kingston brutalized Orton with a kendo stick. Kingston hit Orton with Trouble in Paradise to end the fight.