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WWE Wrestler of the Week: May 3rd-9th, 2013
On the May 3rd edition of SmackDown, Orton squared off against the Intellectual Savior of the Masses, Damien Sandow. Last week, Orton was facing Sandow’s partner and best friend in Cody Rhodes. Logic would say that Orton and some partner were feuding with Team Rhodes Scholars. However, Rhodes was nowhere to be seen as Orton defeated Sandow in typical fashion.
Orton and Sandow didn’t stop on Friday night. The two squared off again on the May 6th edition of Raw. The outcome was not any different on Monday night, but there was a high point in this match. Or before the match I should say. In one of the most uneventful episodes of Raw in history, one of the best segments of the night came from Damien Sandow. Prior to his match with Orton, Sandow sang his own rendition of Orton’s theme song.
Sandow’s song made fun of a lot of the criticisms behind Randy Orton and his character. Perhaps this will be the start of a change to Orton. Many believed he was going to turn heel at WrestleMania and even possibly join The Shield. I was not one of those people. Orton is too popular among the younger audience for the WWE to turn him heel. Plus, CM Punk was the same kind of heel Orton would have been at the time.
In any case, Orton’s victorious week did not end with Monday night Raw. Orton was successful on the May 8th edition of Main Event against former United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Orton did not need to win this match as much as Cesaro did. Cesaro’s WWE career has been interesting to say the least. He was built up as the most legitimate United States Champion in years until he lost the belt to midcard mainstay Kofi Kingston.
Despite not receiving a main event push, Orton continues to win matches. In the past, he has lost number one contender matches cleanly to Alberto Del Rio and the Big Show. Nowadays, he is winning matches, but in less important situations.
With Dolph Ziggler as the new World Heavyweight Champion, a feud with Randy Orton is very possible. The two had a brief feud last year and provided fans with some very entertaining matches. A future Word Heavyweight title feud between the two will also depend on Ziggler’s status. The Champion recently suffered a concussion and his status for Extreme Rules is uncertain.
Who do you think deserves the WWE Wrester of the Week this time? What does the future hold for Randy Orton? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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