“Greatness has entered the ring... thank you very much, you may bow at will.”
Since 2003, this cockiness, arrogance, and proclamation that he's “the man who's going to carry this company for the next 15 years” has been the picture painted by a brash Randy Orton.
Orton, if you haven't yet heard, was one of the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champions in history, a former two-time WWE Champion, and of course the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
“You will never be the man,” Triple H told him in 2004.
In 2009, however, Randy Orton will become the man. And there's several reasons why.
LEGACY IS EVOLUTION
The major reason Orton will dominate 2009 is because of his Legacy: the team of himself, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
While together, it'll prove to be a formidable team, eventually, I predict, sending the Legend Killer back to the World Heavyweight Championship, possibly as early as this year's historic WrestleMania.
However, like Evolution before it, the team is destined to eventually fold under the massive ego of its three members.
Upon the breakup, the ensuing storyline with Orton feuding with one (or both) of his former stablemates will keep his name at the top of RAW's marquee.
CONTROVERSY EQUALS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Arguably one of the most controversial Superstars in today's WWE, including but not limited to saying Eddie Guerrero was in hell, punting John Cena's father in the head, spitting in the face of legend Harley Race, and RKOing his “girlfriend” Stacy Keibler.
He may not be the most loved by the fans, but his uncanny ability to play the villain is what makes the Legend Killer the most diverse wrestler today.
Fans tired of the babyface ways of John Cena have the perfect medicine in Randy Orton.
MORE THAN A GQ FACE
While he still shows glimpses of the pretty boy that first entered the WWE, Randy Orton's ruthless, cut-throat aggression in the ring proves he's much more than a pretty face.
The One Man Dynasty has proven himself to be a versatile in-ring performer, and his promos get better every week. Orton is showing management and most importantly the fans that he is a dominating talent in the WWE. The writers would be fools to ignore this.
So, in all, I predict that 2009 will be the year of the Legend Killer. With his work as of late in several storylines, solid promos and stellar in ring performance, Orton is simply too much of an asset to be ignored by the main event spot light.
The Age of Orton...has only just begun.
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