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Randy Orton Vs. Christian One More Time?

Randy Orton vs. Christian is my pick for WWE rivalry of the yearIf you were to tell me that I was going to see the same WWE main-event five times in a row I’d normally complain. Not when that main-event is Randy Orton vs. Christian. According to reports from the SmackDown taping, these two will be going for another ride.

The rest of this blog contains SmackDown spoilers. Please do not read any further if you don’t want to read any spoilers. Okay, you have been warned.

Friday Night SmackDown was taped on Tuesday in Hershey, PA. The WWE shot an angle to name the next man who would challenge Randy Orton for the WWE world heavyweight title. As you can probably tell from the opening paragraph of the blog, Captain Charisma will get one more shot at The Viper. Here is how it all went down according to several fan reports.

SmackDown G.M. Teddy Long opened the show talking about Sunday’s WWE world heavyweight title match from WWE Capitol Punishment 2011. Long called Christian to the ring to discuss the match. Christian complained and protested the loss citing his foot being under the ropes when the ref counted to three and demanded another title shot. Teddy Long told him that he would have to earn it and ordered a Christian vs. Kane match with the winner meeting Orton.

Okay while you probably think that I made some kind of typo here because how in the world would a match with Kane of all people for the #1 contender’s spot make any sense right? Nope that isn’t a typo. How in the world is a guy who hasn’t even wrestled on SmackDown in weeks is all of the sudden awarded a match for the #1 contender’s spot? Wow, and people complain about the TNA Wrestling logic.

Kane vs. Christian did headline the show and believe it or not, it gets even weirder. Mark Henry interfered in the match and attacked Kane coming off of their “big” angle from Power to the People RAW. Randy Orton came out to aid Kane and a Kane and Orton vs. Henry and Christian brawl broke out. Somewhere in the mix Henry dropped Orton with the World’s Strongest Slam for the pin. It was then announced that as the winner, Christian would receive the title shot. Please don’t ask.

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Quite honestly I could care less if Mark Henry pinned Josh Matthews, if the end result is another Christian vs. Randy Orton match than I am happy. They have had three excellent matches and continue to be the rivalry of the year in my opinion. While I don’t think their Capitol Punishment match was as strong as their earlier efforts, I think there were different factors. The biggest being Orton having to sell the concussion which played a part in how the match was booked as compared to their two previous matches.

As much as I love Christian as a heel, I also think the turn hurt the match a little bit. What I absolutely loved about their last two matches is the psychology of best wrestler wins as opposed to the typical good vs. evil storyline. It allowed Christian and Orton to wrestle more of a competitive match as opposed to the usual heel working over the babyface, babyface come back, pin that 99% of the pro wrestling matches are in 2011. That said, I still thought their match was excellent.

It should be noted that while Christian vs. Randy Orton is next up for Orton, it may not necessarily be at WWE Money in the Bank 2011. Sheamus won a #1 contender’s match a few weeks ago on SmackDown and got his title shot the next night. Putting the match on television would do two things. One, it would strengthen the ratings which are declining at a rapid pace week to week. Two, it would free up Christian for a Money in the Bank match at the pay per view.

I also want to point out that I have done a 180 on Randy Orton. Several months ago I wrote a blog criticizing Orton and questioning why the WWE continued to push him in the main-events. I finally get it! I think he has been fantastic in this feud and I really enjoy his style. He has really stayed true to his character by continuing to wrestle as a heel after turning babyface. Of course it doesn’t hurt when you are constantly paired with someone as talented as Christian, but the bottom line here is that I have finally gotten on the Randy Orton bandwagon.

So my guess is that we see Christian vs. Orton in two weeks on SmackDown, Orton wins, Christian wins Money in the Bank, and we get the finale at SummerSlam 2011, or at least I can hope.

Thanks to F4Wonline.com for the spoilers!

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Eric G.

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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