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Randy Orton Vs. Kane Could Be Heading To WWE WrestleMania 28

Randy Orton vs. KaneThe top of the WWE WrestleMania 28 card is all set with only the undercard remaining. Several intriguing WWE superstars are without matches, prompting fans to play arm chair booker. A look at this week’s SmackDown spoilers may be a tip off of a fairly big undercard matchup.

Please note: the following contains SmackDown spoilers for the Friday Night SmackDown broadcast airing this Friday March 2. If you wish to avoid spoilers, stop reading now, otherwise you have all been warned.

Former WWE champion, The Viper Randy Orton returned to action this week wrestling WWE world heavyweight champion in the SmackDown main-event. Orton was attacked by the big red machine, Kane following the match with Bryan. Orton was laid out with a choke slam in what appeared to be the start of a new program.

This also piggybacks off of some interesting news that popped up a couple of weeks ago about post-WrestleMania WWE house shows. WWE fans quickly noticed an odd match featuring Kane vs. Randy Orton booked on several WWE house shows. While those lineups are always subject to change, I would say that with the angle and the scheduled matches, the match is all but locked in for WrestleMania 28.

Now there could always be something of a swerve here, but I don’t see it. The only other possibility here is that both Orton and Kane are booked in a Money in the Bank type of match. That would not surprise me at all. Otherwise, all signs seem to be pointing to a one on one match between these two WWE superstars.

Off the top of my head I can’t ever remember Orton and Kane having any kind of a sustained feud. They have wrestled in sporadic matches and had something of a mini-feud on SmackDown, but that is all I can remember (correct me if I am wrong). So, the bright side of this is that the feud is new. The downside of this is that you have a real wasted opportunity in my opinion with Randy Orton.

I know this may not be a popular statement, but I found Randy Orton to be the Wrestler of the Year in 2011. He had very good to fantastic matches with several wrestlers of different styles. In my opinion, the guy completely turned the perception around of him being a lazy, uninspired worker. On top of that, Orton was a good soldier and put more people over than probably anyone else did last year in his position. I expected Orton to be rewarded with a big spot in Miami. A match with Kane is not it.

I will admit that I do like Kane’s new character but at the end of the day, it’s Kane. Kane is a fairly boring wrestler in the ring, limited in size, age, and injuries to exactly what he can do. His match with John Cena at the Elimination Chamber 2012 was probably as good as it will get for Kane. Tasking Randy Orton with having to get a good match out of this guy in 2012 is a waste of Orton’s talent and star power in my opinion.

I would have much rather preferred to see Orton get the chance to shine. Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and even another match with Christian would have given Orton an opportunity to go out there and steal the show. The only thing Orton will be stealing here is time.

Again, nothing has been officially announced so this is all speculation on my part. However, I think it is fairly safe to say that we are looking at a Randy Orton vs. Kane match in some shape or fashion in Miami. I just hope it turns out better than it looks on paper.

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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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