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Randy Orton: WWE's 'Viper' through the years

"The Viper" Randy Orton is the son of 2005 WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and has put together a career that guarantees he will one day join his father in the hall. The year before Bob Orton's induction, Randy became the youngest world heavyweight champion in history at the age of 24, and hasn't rested on his laurels since. The man known as "The Apex Predator" is a 12-time world champion, and will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Take a look at Orton through the years.

Randy Orton: WWE's 'Viper' through the years

WWE Superstar Randy Orton, shown here in a
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WWE Superstar Randy Orton, shown here in a 2004 promotional photo, became the youngest world heavyweight champion in history that year at the age of 24.

WWE wrestlers and Evolution members, from left, Ric
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WWE wrestlers and Evolution members, from left, Ric Flair, Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, along with WWE Divas Stacy Keibler and Miss Jackie, attend the New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics game on March 9, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

WWE Superstars and Evolution members Triple H, Ric
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WWE Superstars and Evolution members Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista sit courtside at the New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics game on March 9, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

From left, wrestlers Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton and
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From left, wrestlers Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes appear during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Triple H, left, and Randy Orton compete during
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Triple H, left, and Randy Orton compete during WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wrestlers Randy Orton, top, and Shawn Michaels compete
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Wrestlers Randy Orton, top, and Shawn Michaels compete during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wrestler Randy Orton arrives at the WWE's SummerSlam
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Wrestler Randy Orton arrives at the WWE's SummerSlam Kickoff Party at H-Wood Club on August 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

Professional wrestler Randy Orton gives his opponent, Kane,
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Professional wrestler Randy Orton gives his opponent, Kane, a reverse chin lock in the ring during a WWE Smackdown event on Jan. 12, 2009.

Randy Orton celebrates victory during WrestleMania XXVI at
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Randy Orton celebrates victory during WrestleMania XXVI at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (March 28, 2010)

Among the celebrities who like to hang with
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Among the celebrities who like to hang with WWE Superstars is hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, center. He's shown here with WWE wrestlers John Cena, left, and Randy Orton during WWE's 8th annual Tribute To The Troops event at Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.

Big Show with World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton
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Big Show with World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 8, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE
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World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 8, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE
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World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 8, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

WWE Superstar Randy Orton celebrates defeating CM Punk
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WWE Superstar Randy Orton celebrates defeating CM Punk during WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on April 3, 2011.

WWE Superstar Randy Orton and WWE Superstar Big
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WWE Superstar Randy Orton and WWE Superstar Big Show perform during the 10th anniversary of WWE Tribute to the Troops at Norfolk Scope Arena on December 9, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia.

WWE wrestler Randy Orton attends WWE & E!
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WWE wrestler Randy Orton attends WWE & E! Entertainment's "SuperStars For Hope" at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. (Aug. 15, 2013)

WWE wrestlers Randy Orton, left and Big Show
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WWE wrestlers Randy Orton, left and Big Show attend WWE & E! Entertainment's "SuperStars For Hope" at the Beverly Hills Hotel. (Aug. 15, 2013)

WWE wrestler Randy Orton and WWE Diva JoJo
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WWE wrestler Randy Orton and WWE Diva JoJo attend WWE & E! Entertainment's "SuperStars For Hope" at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference
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Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014 in New York City.

Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H,
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Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, John Cena and Daniel Bryan attend the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014.

Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference
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Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014.

WWE star Randy Orton shows off his belt
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WWE star Randy Orton shows off his belt as he arrives at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan on April 1, 2014, as they kick off WrestleMania 30 week.

Randy Orton holds up both belts signifying him
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Randy Orton holds up both belts signifying him as #wwe world heavyweight champion while walking into the #wrestlemania news conference at Hard Rock Times Square.

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