The bout harkens back to last yearâ€™sÂ SurvivorÂ SeriesÂ showdown between Orton and Barrett, when The Viper defeated Barrett in a brutal contest to retain his WWE Championship – even though doing so temporarily forced John Cena out of WWE .
Since then, outside of a three-month reign as Intercontinental Champion in 2011, Barrett has been looking for his chance to shine. WWEâ€™s fall classic could be the very opportunity he has been waiting for. Clearly, Barrett knows how to lead. As head of the renegade group Nexus (formed in 2010), he orchestrated countless, brutal attacks on a host of Superstars. When things broke down within Nexus, Barrett found a new role within The Corre in early 2011. Although its members denied they had any leader, clearly Barrett was the driving force behind the group’s actions before it disbanded. Then, when a slew of Superstars expressed their grievances about how Triple H was managing Raw last month, it was Barrett who was elected to speak first on the night they all walked out on Raw .
However, Barrett has his work cut out for him if he thinks his team can simply overcome those guided by WWEâ€™s Apex Predator, who also has shown he has what it takes to lead.
As head of The Legacy, The Viper guided and brought Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes into prominence in WWE. Now bitter rivals â€“ with recent cutthroat matches â€“ Rhodes and Orton will certainly be looking to lock horns in the ring at Survivor Series.
Perhaps even more valuable than his leadership skills, Orton brings direct Survivor Series experience to the table. The Viper led a Survivor Series team to victory in 2004, and competed on winning teams in 2003 and 2005. Furthermore, even though his team lost in 2009 when The Viper was pinned by Kingston, he now has Kofi as part of his arsenal when he goes to war this time.
In addition to Kingston, Orton brings more weaponry to the fight with the ruthless Sheamus, powerhouse Mason Ryan and the high-flying Sin Cara.
On the other side of the battle line, Barrett brings the confidence of the Intercontinental Champion, the veteran skills of former World Heavyweight Champion Christian, the tenacity of former World Champion Jack Swagger and a high-flyer of his own in Hunico.
Gaining significant momentum for his team, Barrett scored a huge win over The Viper on the Nov. 11 edition of SmackDown . Is it a sign of things to come?
Find out which group of ring warriors will claim victory at one of WWE’s most exciting events of the year. Catch Survivor Series Sunday, Nov. 20, live at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT, only on pay-per-view.