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Orton Vs. Christian, Did We Speak To Soon? – Inside The Wheelhouse

Fans are upset at Randy Orton's win over ChristianWe are in a society today where we have plenty of “knee jerk reactions” to everything that happens. That same “knee jerk reaction” that society has today also carries over in the wrestling world. In an age where we get wrestling news faster then ever before we (including myself am guilty of) react immediately to every little thing that happens in wrestling without ever giving it a chance to develop. Case in point, the latest turn of events over on the SmackDown brand.

It was literally minutes after news broke that Randy Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship at a SmackDown tapings that the era of social networking flooded with immediate detest from a majority percentage of wrestling fans. I included were very upset with the WWE booking of removing the strap off of a much deserving, internet favorite wrestler like Christian in days after winning it at one of the better WWE PPV’s of 2011 thus far. Not to mention the WWE placed the world title on a wrestler who has been jammed down the throats of wrestling fans for a good portion of the decade in Randy Orton.

Twitter blew up with hash tags (I think that’s what they call them) with #IWantChristian. I even discussed on “The Still Real to Us Show” available for download at wheelhouseradio.com or wrestlechat.net (cheap pop) how much of a travesty it was that Randy Orton was now the World Champion and they removed the title off the much deserving Christian. The “knee jerk reaction” society went crazy that is of course, until this past Sunday at the WWE’s Over the Limit.

Randy Orton and Christian put on a classic that is being discussed in most wrestling circles and on episodes of “The Still Real to Us Show” available for download at wheelhouseradio.com or wrestlechat.net (cheap pop), as a “Match of the Year” candidate. Some people, including writers here at the camelclutchblog.com are considering it to be BETTER then everyone’s current favorite match of the year, Triple H vs. The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 27. It appears that Randy Orton, Christian, the WWE creative team and Vince McMahon himself are getting the last laugh from those fans, including myself, that bashed this storyline from the get go.

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Sure Randy Orton is still the World Heavyweight Champion and that appears to be a reign that will last for a couple months at least in today’s wrestling game, but the Christian proved he was a big time player for the WWE. Christian was able evoke an amazing match out of a guy who is not considered to be the best worker on the roster, a guy who has had incredible matches in the past with great wrestlers like The Undertaker, Triple H, Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels. It may be that Christian, out of all those names, was able to get the best match we have ever seen out of “The Viper.”

It’s very possible that Randy Orton and Christian took the negative reaction their angle received weeks ago on SmackDown to use as motivation for their amazing match this past Sunday. For them to both steer clear of the negative reaction the angle received would be hard to do unless they lived in some World War II bunker hiding from the rest of the world only to appear when they had to wrestle. They both heard it and probably heard it very loud due to the way social networking is today. If they used it as motivation, awesome, because they proved everyone wrong, including myself this past Sunday on PPV.

How this bodes for the future of Christian at the top of the SmackDown side of the WWE is anyone’s guess. It currently appears that Christian having another World Title match isn’t in the cards for now and maybe even a heel turn is in order. But at least he has proven to everyone that in the last two months he has been able to deliver as a top talent that can be “Main Event material” for the WWE.

You have to tip your hat to the WWE, Randy Orton and Christian. They proved all of us wrong on how this would play out (for the time being of course) as they delivered what is right now, a very strong candidate for match of the year in 2011. I hope the WWE restarts or continues this feud very soon as I will be looking very forward again to more Randy Orton/Christian matches. For the time being, as hard as it is to admit, the WWE creative team was right on with the way they booked this angle.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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