There comes a time where an established wrestler needs to take a backseat from the main event. Sometimes retirement is a factor, while most times, it’s for creating new stars. But, there comes a time when that wrestler is ready to return to the main event.
Randy Orton’s next main event run needs to happen now.
Extreme Rules has passed, and Orton defeated the Big Show in his hometown of St. Louis. He used the punt to put away Show for the three count. The momentum has changed for the Viper.
Where does Orton’s path lie? Which way does he go to: the face or the heel?
Well, Orton’s better as a heel. His turn from Legend Killer to Viper was a dramatic change in his career. He went from a smug, arrogant man to an edgy, nearly psychotic performer. His demeanor changed to a vicious nature. He became a huge star, which led to his current face turn.
Rumors swirled since last year of Orton’s supposed heel turn, which hasn’t happened yet.
Bringing the heel Orton back would cause more problems than solutions, though. Too many heels stock up the main event with Ryback, Jack Swagger, Show, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler. When CM Punk comes back, that heel roster will become more convoluted. The WWE has officially made more significant heels than faces.
For this reason, Orton needs to stay a face. Now, how does his face turn not become stale? Ironically, enough, the WWE might be up to something.
A double switch could work. They could make Ziggler face and put him in a program with a heel Orton. That could work wonders for both Superstars who work very well together.
Maybe they keep things the way they are, which wouldn’t change much.
But changing might not be the answer. Orton has still remained an edgy competitor. Look at the other faces. John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane and even Sheamus have softened up a bit. Orton remains that constant.
Randy Orton’s next main event run needs to happen now. It shouldn’t matter which side Orton is on. What should matter is bringing the Viper back to where he belongs: the main event.
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