Randy Orton: Is He Becoming the Hottest Thing on Monday Night RAW?

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2009

It's been eight months since Randy Orton lost the WWE Championship to Triple H, after injuring his collarbone and not making an in-ring return until November of last year.

As many expected, it didn't take long for Orton to prove he's one of the best athletes the WWE has today, and is now becoming one of the most talked about.

It started last Monday when it was revealed that the superstar Kelly Kelly was protecting from Kane was in fact the "Legend Killer" himself, who told the Diva she was "pathetic" and that he only used her for "One night. And frankly, it wasn't all that memorable."

"All I need with the World Heavyweight title on the line is a distraction." Orton emphatically told her.

And with the roll the "One Man Dynasty" is on, the statement couldn't prove truer.

Orton is now involved in the two hottest storylines in the WWE. Not only will he be facing Kane next week, but Orton also has his hands full building his "Legacy," which he has since kicked Sim Snuka and Manu out. One can only think that Ted DiBiase, who was put out of action with an Orton punt to the head, will be joining the group upon his return.

He's also making his presence known in the ongoing fight for the World Heavyweight Championship, currently held by John Cena, in which JBL, thanks to help from his new employee Shawn Michaels, is the No. 1 contender.

According to Baltimore Sun writer Kevin Eck, "whether he was cutting a promo in the ring, engaging in a backstage segment or wrestling, Orton had my full attention."

Orton is hoping to gain the attention of 29 fellow competitors later this month, when he enters WWE's Royal Rumble. His closest chance of winning came in 2006, when he was the 29th man eliminated by Rey Mysterio.

Since 2001, all but one Rumble winner (last years winner, John Cena, cashed his opportunity in at No Way Out) has gone on to win their title match at WrestleMania.

WWE fans all around can be certain that with the momentum Orton has coming into 2009, he'll be World Heavyweight Champion in no time at all.