One constant on WWE television over the last five years has been the push of Randy Orton. Another constant has been boring matches, promos that put me to sleep, and a wrestler with the babyface charisma of a broom. Yes five years later and I am still wondering what the WWE sees in Randy Orton.
John Cena is a WWE superstar that a lot of fans question. I am not necessarily a fan of John Cena but I get it. Randy Orton on the other hand is another story completely. I have read comments from some very knowledgeable pro wrestling personalities and analysts who think Randy Orton has the potential to be a Stone Cold Steve Austin like megastar. I would love to know what they are drinking and where I can get some. As much as I try, the appeal of Randy Orton continues to be the biggest mystery to me in the WWE.
Orton broke his collarbone and had to miss some time right in the midst of his best run ever. I don’t know if there was a hesitation or fear of injury but Randy Orton has never been the same since he returned in 2008. Orton had his most high profile feud the following year with Triple H and the McMahons. Once again I started turning around a bit on Randy Orton. The gimmick and storyline actually worked with his style, lack of charisma, and promos. The fans were buying him and I was almost there until the dreaded night he ran away from Shane McMahon. In a single moment the WWE did more damage to the future of their so called franchise player than a bad match with Mr. Kennedy could ever have done to the Viper.
Randy Orton turned babyface, although the judgment is still out to whether he actually did or didn’t earlier in the year. Since his babyface turn Randy Orton has went from a boring, slow, unenthusiastic wrestler to a guy that looks like he’d rather be at home watching TNA Impact than extracting babyface heat from WWE fans. Every single pay per view match that Randy Orton has had since turning babyface has been abysmal. Matches with Legacy, Jack Swagger, and Edge have been so bad that anyone else would have had the rug pulled out from their push. If you really want to look deep, go back to last year and his WrestleMania 25 match against Triple H. That and those series of matches were probably some of the least well received matches in Triple H’s career to the point where Trips was starting to lose a ton of steam. The patience that the WWE has exercised with Orton is just simply mind boggling.
So please I ask of you, explain to me what and anything that is appealing about Randy Orton. Name me anything great Randy Orton has produced in the ring since the January 2008 Royal Rumble match against Jeff Hardy. Tell me any one great promo that Randy Orton has cut with conviction in the last year. By all means please let me in on what I have been missing that have some ranking Randy Orton’s charisma and potential up there with The Rock. You may see The Rock and Steve Austin but I see Lex Luger and Jeff Jarrett.
The scary thing about all of this is that Randy Orton at 30 years old will probably be in WWE RAW and SmackDown main-events for the rest of the decade. And you want to know why people are tuning out of pro wrestling?
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