With just two days remaining until WWE’s hottest summer pay-per-view of the year, SummerSlam, WWE Wrestler of the Week is back with a new winner. While Daniel Bryan continues to prove to the WWE Universe that he deserves to be champion, John Cena is telling the world that Bryan hasn’t done enough just yet. Although Bryan and Cena will square off in a much-anticipated WWE title match on Sunday, there is no guarantee either superstar will leave Los Angeles WWE Champion. That is because of the WWE Wrestler of the Week, Randy Orton.
[adinserter block=”1″]On the August 9th edition of Smackdown, Orton was victorious over the new number contender for the United States Championship, Rob Van Dam. This match was the best of the night and only could have been better in one way. At the conclusion of the match, RVD went for the five star splash and missed. Orton then delivered an RKO. It would have been much more impressive if Orton had delivered the RKO as Van Dam was heading down for the splash. We have seen Orton do this in the past, most notably to Evan Bourne here.
Orton followed up this victory with another one on Raw over fellow Mr. Money in the Bank, Damien Sandow. We have seen these two square off many times, including once before since Money in the Bank. However, this match seemed to be done as a way to further Sandow’s feud with Cody Rhodes more than for Orton. Nonetheless, another victory for the Viper.
It seems as though Orton is sitting in the corner watching and waiting for things to happen. Orton does not have a scheduled match at SummerSlam. He isn’t really feuding with anyone in particular. He continues to remind the WWE Universe that he is Mr. Money in the Bank. Whenever Cena and Bryan clash, Orton seems to make an appearance.
There is a lot of discussion as to whether or not this is when Bryan will win the WWE Championship. He is the most over superstar on the roster right now, but that makes me question the outcome of the title match at SummerSlam. It is quite possible that Orton doesn’t have a match or cash in on Sunday, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Orton hasn’t been a world champion in WWE since 2011. After he lost the title to Mark Henry, he has not been in any relevant feuds. He wrestled Kane at WrestleMania 28 and was in the Shield’s six-man tag match at WrestleMania 29. Like Sheamus, Orton has been stuck as a former world champion that WWE didn’t know what to do with. However, after winning Money in the Bank, that seems to be changing.
There has always been talk among the Internet Wrestling Community about when Orton will turn heel again. Although I agree he was at this best in 2009 when he was the top heel in WWE, times have changed. He can’t punt everyone like he did in 2009. WWE also has shown that they don’t need a face versus heel all the time. Bryan and Cena are staying face (depending on how you look at it) throughout their feud. Orton doesn’t need to turn heel to be champion again. He is still very popular as a babyface, but his gimmick could use some tweaking.
[adinserter block=”2″]Do you think Randy Orton deserved WWE Wrestler of the Week? When do you think Orton will cash in Money in the Bank? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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