Randy Orton's WWE SmackDown promo was a Roddy Piper throwback

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One of the highlights of WWE SmackDown Live this week was Randy Orton's promo to Kofi Kingston at the start of the show, and the inspiration behind it came from a WWE legend.

Kingston opened up SmackDown in the middle of the ring delivering a promo on what he would do to Orton in their WWE Championship match at Clash of Champions. He was then interrupted by The Viper.

The 13-time world champion appeared on the titantron and read a letter he had received from the WWE Champion's son Kai, who wanted Orton to stop hurting his father.

The Viper promised to pay Kingston's family a visit in their hotel room, which made Kofi angry. Kofi sprinted backstage, found Orton, and the two fought. Orton had the last laugh as he planted the champ with a hanging DDT off a table.

Eagle-eyed WWE fans may have noticed Orton's letter promo paid tribute to a similar promo Rowdy Roddy Piper did back in 1984 while he was feuding with 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka.

At the time, Piper pulled out a letter from a fan, but the fan later turned out to be Snuka’s kid. Orton's promo on SmackDown this week had many similarities to Piper's from 1984.

Orton was the perfect superstar to replicate this promo, as he can be a very vicious character when he wants to be that's willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get what he wants.

Kingston will be defending his WWE Championship against Orton at Clash of Champions next month on September 15.

If Orton wins this match and captures the WWE title, it will be his 10th WWE title reign, and his 14th world title win in WWE.

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The Viper has already faced the WWE Champion in a match for the title recently back at SummerSlam earlier this month, but their match ended in a double countout.

Orton is learning from icons like Piper from WWE's past in order to play some brilliant mind games on Kingston today.

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