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WWE, media face off at Ontario Place
By BRETT CLARKSON - Toronto Sun




Maybe that heavyweight belt will help WWE Superstar Randy Orton keep his pants up. The showboating wrestler was "pantsed" by fellow WWE star John Cena during yesterday's SummerSlam Media Challenge at Ontario Place, giving the hundreds of screaming wrestling fans a reason to scream even louder.

And believe me, these rasslin' fans know how to scream. Now that I think of it, it's more of a squeal.

"You're going to kick Benoit's a--!" fan Ian Price, 10, shouted at Orton.

Orton, who takes on Edmonton's Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship tonight at SummerSlam, had been showing off after beating Cena in a one-on-one basketball shooting competition when Cena took his pants down, revealing Orton's black underpants.

Afterwards, when the Sun showed Orton the pics, he just laughed and looked over to Cena, yelling "Oh, man! It looks like he's licking my (butt)!"

"Good thing he's wearing his favourite underwear," our photographer joked.

Orton was the Sun team's honorary member, a squad comprised of Sun readers Victor Santos, 31, Tim Da Silva, 26, and myself.

Apparently, our third place in the hoops segment against the Fan 590 and Matt Hardy, 680 News and Lita, and Flow 93.5 FM and John Cena wasn't good enough for Orton.

"I'd like to issue a challenge before the paddle boat race starts!" Orton barked. "My team let me down -- I think I should go one on one with John Cena!"

Let you down? Granted, I folded like a house of cards thanks to the hundreds of screaming kids yelling "you suck!" at me and telling me how bad I was after hitting one of five baskets. But still, we tried.

Orton, ever the fierce competitor, was keen on winning the boat race at any cost. He implored me to pull the boat along by grabbing on to the dividing rope, while he did the same. Didn't work though, and the rope ended up getting caught under the boat.

I'm pretty sure we came in last.

But still, Orton was a good sport. I was told later by wrestling fans Diana De Francesco and her mom, Paula, I should've expected him to try and cut corners.

"He cheats, he's known as a bad guy," said Diana, 10.

"That's his character," Paula added.

My Sun teammates were thrilled to be in the company of their favourite wrestlers. Tim, however, wasn't buying Orton's claim we let him down.

"I personally think I did great. Randy Orton let us down! I think he let us down by cheating," Sun teammate Tim said.

And then, perhaps not wanting to earn Orton's wrath, added, "I'm just kidding."

"They're all around good guys," Sun teammate Victor said of the wrestlers. "Everyone was friendly and we had a great time with them."

Congratulations are in order to the Fan 590 team, who won.


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