#TakerWeek: The Ten Best Streak Matches

5. Orton, WrestleMania 21

Widely know as the first time the Streak became a “thing”, it’s also the first time anyone had a real chance at it. Which is probably partially why they mentioned it to begin with. Orton would go on to become one of the biggest stars in the industry and this, along with his feud against Mick Foley, was what put him into the stratosphere of the Immortals. This also features the single best spot in WrestleMania history that didn’t involve a ladder or a table: Randy countering the Undertaker’s chokeslam with an RKO managed to be surprising, spectacular and spectacularly surprising in such a way that it redefined Orton’s career and his finisher. While it had always been something he could pull out of nowhere, that match made it so he could also use it get out of almost any situation.

When you get granted a magical power in wrestling, it changes the way you are booked and the way fans feel about you. And when your finisher is the second most over thing in the company for a solid year or two, that can completely change the course of history.

And, of course, the prominent involvement of Cowboy Bob didn’t hurt, either.

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