I have been heavily confused lately on where the WWE is taking Randy Orton’s angle into Wrestlemania 26. Each week instead of being excited and thrilled to watch next week’s Raw due to the angles leading into Wrestlemania (i.e. Batista/Cena, Hart/McMahon), I find myself sitting down in a chair every Saturday to do “The Still Real to us Show” and wondering where in the heck they are taking this Randy Orton angle. I know it’s hard to believe that someone would get confused with an angle in wrestling and an angle in the WWE.
I was almost positive that WWE was heading into the direction of Orton/DiBiase at Wrestlemania 26 to make Ted DiBiase the big time babyface as was rumored for much of the year. I really thought I was on the right path of that prediction until this past Monday Night on Raw. That’s where the WWE booked a handicap match with the team of Legacy (DiBiase & Rhodes) vs. Randy Orton.
I felt so positive that we would see Cody Rhodes turn on his partner and help build Ted DiBiase as the sympathetic babyface heading into a Wrestlemania 26 matchup with Randy Orton. Instead we got Legacy beating down Orton and the fans cheering on Randy Orton throughout the match. I know this is something the fans have been trying to do since late-2008 heading into the 2009 Royal Rumble. But the WWE has kept him a heel the entire time.
That’s where Ted DiBiase re-enters the picture. The WWE wants to make this guy a star. He has the WWE look they like or they would have never put him in the Marine 2 movie. But then again they did put Mr. Kennedy in a movie and look how that went…either way the WWE saw some future potential in the son of “The Million Dollar Man” and I can’t blame them. Since the kid debuted in the WWE he had a “look” that you could tell he would be a star someday.
The reports finger pointed towards Ted DiBiase being a face heading into Wrestlemania this year and that he would be involved in a program with his mentor Randy Orton. While I think that is the way this angle will go I still am very much confused on the entire angle thus far. As another week passes I have yet another prediction on this entire thing.
I feel like we may get the classic Wrestlemania face/heel switch in a matchup between Orton & DiBiase. Don’t know what I mean yet? Watch Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin from Wrestlemania 13 and Triple H vs. Kane from Wrestlemania 15. Those are two matches where the face and the heel entering the match walked out of the match with a switch persona. Bret Hart & Triple H entered as the face and walked out as the heel. Steve Austin & Kane walked in as the heel and walked out as the face.
Personally I love these types of angles and I hope that this is the way they are booking it right now. Very rarely do we see these types of angles play out anymore and it would be fresh to the wrestling audience since it hasn’t been done in a while. Plus you’re doing it at Wrestlemania and hope that you can reach that “wrestlemania moment.”
As I write this we are two weeks away still from Wrestlemania 26. That means two more Raw’s until Wrestlemania. Look for the Triple H/Orton match to end in a DQ due to either Legacy and/or Sheamus where we could actually see a mini-evolution reunion for the first time in a long time. If creative is going into Wrestlemania with Orton receiving this mini-babyface push then this would be a huge way to keep building it that way.
While the Orton angle heading into Wrestlemania 26 is still extremely blurry and confusing I am still finding myself watching it week after week. After much thought and doing my own sort of booking for it I hope I have helped find some sort of resolution in this entire confusing angle. Who knows maybe next week I’ll be writing another blog on how I would book Orton going into Wrestlemania 26 and scrapping the idea I put in this blog.
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