The Legacy is a villainous alliance in the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), that competes on its Raw brand. The group is led by Randy Orton and contains the tag team of Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Two other wrestlers, Manu and Sim Snuka were affiliated with the faction prior to its official formation. The concept behind the group is that all the members are multi-generational wrestlers, and the name The Legacy is a reference to their extensive family histories in wrestling.

In June 2008, Rhodes and DiBiase first formed an alliance after winning the World Tag Team Championship, in which Rhodes turned on his former partner, Hardcore Holly. Soon after, they tried to earn Orton's respect, which they eventually did. Together, the team helped Orton win the 2009 Royal Rumble match, giving Orton an opportunity to main event at WrestleMania XXV. The team also wrestled together in a tag team match to win the WWE Championship for Orton.


The concept behind the group is that all the members are multi-generational wrestlers while The Legacy name refers to their extensive family histories in wrestling. Randy Orton's father (Bob Orton, Jr.), uncle (Barry Orton) and grandfather (Bob Orton, Sr.) were all professional wrestlers, as were Ted DiBiase's father, Ted DiBiase, and adoptive grandfather, Mike DiBiase. DiBiase's grandmother, Helen Hild, was also a professional wrestler. Cody Rhodes' father, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes was a professional wrestler along with two of Rhodes' uncles, Jerry Sags and Fred Ottman. Due to their status as second or third generation wrestlers, in storyline all the members of The Legacy believe themselves to be superior to the other wrestlers in WWE.

In an interview, Orton said the point of The Legacy was to create "future opponents" for himself and the others who would be wrestling in main events in WWE over the next decade.[1] The Legacy has been compared to the former WWE faction Evolution, of which Orton was a member, but Rhodes and DiBiase have said that they see the comparison as an opportunity to prove themselves and show their potential.[2]


Formation (2008)Edit

Cody Rhodes was a World Tag Team Champion throughout the beginning of 2008 alongside Hardcore Holly, who was acting as a mentor to him.> Ted DiBiase made his first WWE appearance on the May 26 episode of Raw, in which he claimed that he and a mystery partner would take the World Tag Team Championship from Rhodes and Holly. At the Night of Champions pay-per-view event in June, DiBiase revealed his partner was running late and started the match without him. This turned Rhodes into a villainous character and meant that he and DiBiase won the championship.

In September, Randy Orton, who at the time was injured, made an appearance on Raw, where he criticized all the champions, mocking Rhodes and DiBiase for allowing their title belts to be stolen by Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG). The two responded by assaulting Cryme Tyme and introducing another second generation wrestler, Afa the Wild Samoan's son Manu, at Unforgiven, though this still did not impress Orton. At the same event, a backstage incident took place; Rhodes, DiBiase, and Manu assaulted World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk to allow Orton to punt him in the head, removing him from his championship match, and gaining them Orton's respect.

When Orton was well enough to wrestle, Punk demanded a match with him, which he won via disqualification, when DiBiase interfered. As a result, Orton punted DiBiase in the head, putting him out of action; this storyline was put in place in order for DiBiase to take time off to film The Marine 2. Orton then invited Rhodes and Manu to form a group with him called The Legacy, and used them to help in his rivalry with Batista leading to a three-on-two handicap match where Batista was put out of action for four months. After Sim Snuka, the son of Jimmy Snuka, also expressed interest in joining the group, Orton made them qualify through a series of tests which Manu failed the first week. On the January 5 episode of Raw, Snuka and Rhodes won a tag team match against Cryme Tyme. Before the match, Orton informed them that they had to win the match in order to be part of the group. After the match, Orton explained that since Snuka did not pick up the pinfall, he was out of the group. The following week, Manu and Snuka informed Rhodes that they were intending to assault Orton and had brought someone to help them do so, giving Rhodes an ultimatum to choose a side. When Rhodes refused to side with them, Manu and Snuka brought out a returning Ted DiBiase to aid them, and tried to assault Rhodes and Orton. Instead, however, DiBiase joined The Legacy, attacking Manu and Snuka, and forgiving Orton for attacking him.

Feud with the McMahon family (2009)Edit

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With The Legacy finally formed, Manu and Snuka still wanted revenge on Orton. Fearing they would try to convince Raw General Manager Stephanie McMahon to fire him, Orton went to speak to her himself, but their conversation ended in an argument. When Mr McMahon, Stephanie's father, made his return that night, Orton maintained he was owed an apology which angered McMahon, but as he was about to fire him, Orton slapped McMahon and gave him a running punt leaving him hospitalized in the storyline.[3] At the Royal Rumble that Sunday, during the 30-man Royal Rumble match the group worked as a team, making them three of the last four contestants in the ring, with Triple H as the other. Ultimately, in throwing out Rhodes and DiBiase, Triple H was distracted enough to allow Orton to throw him over the top rope and win the match.[4] The next evening on Raw, The Legacy came to the ring accompanied by lawyers and doctors, with Orton explaining his outburst against Mr McMahon was a result of intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and threatened to sue the company and cancel WrestleMania XXV if he was fired, as winning the Rumble guaranteed him a championship match at WrestleMania. Instead he was booked for a no holds barred match with Mr McMahon's son, Shane, at No Way Out in February, which Orton won.[5][6] The night after the event, they fought again until Orton punted Shane unconscious. Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to oversee her brother being carried away by the paramedics and shouted at Orton until he performed an RKO, his finishing move, to her. Triple H ran to the ring and chased away the group, standing over the body of Stephanie McMahon.[7]

In an interview on SmackDown that week, Triple H revealed his real life marriage to Stephanie (even though they had divorced on-screen in 2002 prior to their actual marriage).[8] Originally, Orton announced he did not have intentions of facing Triple H, who at the time was the WWE Champion, but instead planned to face the World Heavyweight Champion. Triple H, however, goaded Orton into "avenging" his first World Championship loss and ousting from their previous stable, Evolution, and Orton changed his mind, leading to their match being booked for WrestleMania XXV.[9] Orton revealed that he had targeted the McMahon family in order to avenge his unceremonious departure from Evolution in 2004. Due to the intensity of the rivalry, the decision was made that the WWE Championship could change hands at WrestleMania due to a countout or disqualification; despite this, Triple H won the match after hitting Orton with a sledgehammer while the referee was knocked down.[10]

The night after WrestleMania, Orton demanded a rematch, threatening Linda McMahon, Mr McMahon's wife, as well as their grandchildren. McMahon did not grant him the rematch but scheduled a six-man tag team match for the pay-per-view Backlash between Triple H, Shane and Mr McMahon and The Legacy, with a preview that evening between Mr McMahon and Orton. As the singles match progressed, Shane and Triple H came to Mr McMahon's aid, causing both Rhodes and DiBiase to interfere until a returning Batista appeared and cleared the ring; McMahon then announced that Batista was to replace him in the match at Backlash.[11] The tag team match had the WWE Championship at stake, with the stipulation that if Triple H's team won, he retained the championship, while if The Legacy won, Orton would win the title. At the event, Orton won by pinning Triple H after an RKO and a running punt, leaving Triple H hospitalized according to the storyline.[12] In spite of Triple H's absence, Shane McMahon continued his feud with the group, leading to another match between him and Orton on Raw. After the original match ended in a no contest due to interference, Rhodes and DiBiase won singles matches to be entered into a handicap match with all of The Legacy facing Shane later that night. After the match, The Legacy shattered Shane's ankle with the steel steps.[13]

Orton as WWE Champion (2009)Edit

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Batista was left on his own as a result of The Legacy attacking Shane McMahon, but continued to challenge Orton for the WWE Championship. Orton and Batista had a match at Judgment Day, but it ended with Orton intentionally slapping the referee to cause a disqualification, which meant that the championship did not change hands.[14] In their rematch, however, which was held inside a steel cage at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Batista won the championship.[15]

The following night on Raw, during Batista's celebratory speech, The Legacy attacked Batista, and injured him in storyline. This storyline was used to cover a real injury Batista had sustained.[16] Orton's rematch that night, intended to be used despite Batista's absence, went awry when Triple H returned, resulting in the match being declared a no contest.[17] The following week, a match was held to determine the new WWE Champion between Orton, Triple H, John Cena and The Big Show, which Orton won.[18] At The Bash pay-per-view, signs of dissention between DiBiase and Orton appeared when DiBiase argued with Orton backstage. Despite this, DiBiase and Rhodes both helped Orton retain his WWE Championship later that night against Triple H.[19]

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