Randy Orton's heel turn has been rumored since November of last year. It should've happened tonight at WrestleMania, but it didn't.
The Shield was victorious against the team of Orton, Sheamus and Big Show in the opening match of the biggest wrestling event of the year.
Things were looking promising for Team Babyface until Orton stole a tag from Big Show. Orton was hit with a spear by Reigns soon thereafter and a bitter Big Show didn't interrupt Ambrose's pin, leading to a victory for The Shield.
After the match, Big Show knocked out Sheamus and Orton. It should've been the other way around; Big Show should've stolen the tag from Orton and a bitter Viper should've spit his venom at Sheamus and Show after the match.
It's possible, even probable, that this is all leading to Orton's long-awaited heel turn. But the issue here is not that this ruins his heel turn—it's that it didn't happen at WrestleMania.
WrestleMania is WWE's Grandest Stage of Them All, so it’s where the company's big developments should occur.
Orton's heel turn has been brewing for over five months now (F4Wonline, via wrestlinginc.com), so The Show of Shows would have been the perfect place for WWE to pull the trigger and make the turn.
The WWE has tried so desperately hard to create WrestleMania moments, especially in recent years. This has led to some shockingly contrived and asinine booking decisions, such as Daniel Bryan's 18-second loss at last year’s event.
With Orton's heel turn, WWE had a chance to have a real, genuine WrestleMania moment. It had been built up for months. Orton was ready, the fans were ready and WWE had been teasing us with the whole "can their team get along?" angle.
Randy is one of the WWE's biggest stars, but it was only four years ago that he was in the main event of WrestleMania. He's fallen a few rungs on the WWE ladder since then, and a heel turn could be what he needs to once again become WWE's Apex Predator.
Ultimately, this won''t ruin the eventual turn. Orton will likely turn heel soon and it'll probably be great.
However, it's still disappointing to see WWE not deliver a surefire WrestleMania moment.
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