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GUNTHER Crowned King of the Ring, Defeats Randy Orton in WWE Tournament Final

One Big Thing

GUNTHER, known as “The Ring General,” emerged victorious in the 2024 WWE King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Randy Orton in the finals held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With this win, GUNTHER earns the right to face the World Heavyweight Champion at SummerSlam on August 3.

Key Moments

  • The match began with a slow pace, as both competitors felt each other out.
  • Orton initially trapped GUNTHER in a lengthy side headlock, but GUNTHER broke free and began delivering chops to Orton’s chest.
  • Orton attempted an RKO, but missed, and started selling an injury to his surgically repaired lower back, which GUNTHER targeted.
  • GUNTHER hit a big splash on Orton and attempted a second, but Orton countered with an RKO out of nowhere.
  • Orton slammed GUNTHER onto the announce desk three times, breaking the referee’s count to stay in the match.
  • Back in the ring, GUNTHER trapped Orton in a half-Boston crab, targeting Orton’s knee that was injured on “WWE SmackDown” by the Bloodline.
  • Orton hit a second RKO and went for a pin, but GUNTHER countered into a pin of his own to secure the victory.

Why It Matters

GUNTHER’s victory in the King of the Ring Tournament solidifies his position as a top contender in the WWE. As a former record-setting Intercontinental Champion, GUNTHER now has the opportunity to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at one of WWE’s biggest events, SummerSlam. This win also highlights the global reach of WWE, with the tournament finals taking place in Saudi Arabia.

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