WWE: 7 Reasons Randy Orton Should Turn Heel Again
Randy Orton is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the wrestling business.
He has the WWE and World Heavyweight title wins to prove it, and over the last couple of years, he's added some spectacular matches and an ever-increasing popularity to support his cause.
Ever since he turned baby face a couple of years ago, Orton has become one of the most beloved WWE superstars in the world.
But it's time to change that.
As over as Orton is in his current role, "The Viper" needs to stop being a fan favorite and go back to being a bad guy.
Here are seven reasons why the WWE should turn Randy Orton heel again.
7. He's Stuck in a Rut
I don't know about you, but I feel like Randy Orton is running but getting nowhere.
Ever since he lost the World Heavyweight Championship last year, he's been stuck in a rut that has seen him gradually fall down the card.
Although Orton put over Mark Henry clean on two consecutive pay-per-views, his "reward" since then has been a series of mid-card feuds that have been meant mostly to put others over.
Orton did it for Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett, and he even inexplicably lost to Kane at WrestleMania.
"The Viper" is definitely stuck in a rut.
He's suffered a number of recent injuries, been forced into non-main event feuds, stayed almost completely away from the title scene and has been lost in the shuffle, even at WrestleMania time when he should have been in one of the show's biggest matches.
If Orton can't progress as a baby face, then maybe it's time to turn him heel.
6. No One Is Expecting It
Pleasant surprises are few and far in between in the wrestling business, and even the pleasant ones are often spoiled, thanks to the Internet.
But I think it's safe to say that a Randy Orton heel turn would be a surprise that almost no one sees coming.
There has been no indication whatsoever that Orton is going to turn heel, and no one really seems to be talking about it or even considering it, either.
That's precisely why now is the perfect time to make it happen.
If Orton turned heel in shocking fashion, it would be a great way to spark interest in the WWE during what is usually a down time for the company.
Should the WWE decide to shake things up soon, an Orton heel turn is a great way to do that.
5. He's Already Feuded with a Majority of the WWE's Top Heels
Let's think about every current heel superstar that Randy Orton has feuded with at some point in the last few years: Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Christian, Jack Swagger, Kane, Mark Henry, The Miz and Wade Barrett.
And the ones he's wrestled multiple times: Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler.
I know he hasn't had much of an extended feud with guys lie Bryan and Ziggler, but the only top-tier heel that he's stayed completely away from over the last couple of years is Alberto Del Rio.
I wouldn't mind seeing Orton/ADR, Orton/Ziggler or Orton/Bryan (especially the last two), but for the most part, feuds with any other heels would be nothing more than retreads.
If Randy Orton were to turn heel, however, there are a number of feuds waiting to happen that have never happened (Sin Cara, Zack Ryder, etc.) as well as ones that have only happened with Orton working as the face.
Realistically, there's about an even number of heels/faces left for Orton to work with, but he has obviously worked with all these heel superstars more recently.
4. The Lack of a True, Long-Term No. 1 Heel
Brock Lesnar is quickly establishing himself as one of the WWE's top heels (if not the top heel), but we all know that he's returning as a part-timer and won't be around a year from now.
Meanwhile, Chris Jericho is back as arguably the best heel in the business, but no one seems to know what is future holds or how long he will remain in the WWE.
That's a problem because it essentially means that the WWE's top two heels at the moment probably aren't going to be with the company for the long haul.
Although someone like Daniel Bryan has stepped his game up big-time as a heel, he's getting so popular because of those "Yes" chants that it's almost hard to view him as anything but a tweener.
There are other heels who are good at what they do, but a true top heel? I don't think so.
The WWE needs a reliable major superstar to perform as its top heel for the long term.
Randy Orton is one of a very select few options who could fit that bill.
3. He's Been a Face for 2 Years, It's Time for a Change
The Randy Orton baby face turn began in early 2010 when he was feuding with his former Legacy mates (Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes) on the road to WrestleMania.
Yet, it was almost as if Orton's turn happened by accident. The crowd wanted to see him destroy Rhodes and DiBiase so bad that they essentially forced him to turn face.
That's all fine and dandy, but it's been more than two years since that happened. Quite simply, it's time for a change.
Orton's face character is over, sure. But we've seen a number of top stars (Sheamus, Christian, CM Punk, etc.) turn during that span, and most of those turns worked out brilliantly and really freshened up those guys' characters.
Perhaps we can see a turn do the same for Orton.
While his face character is beloved by the fans, it is a bit stale and redundant, and there's nothing all that great about him as a face, outside of his in-ring performances.
Two years after we last saw Orton as a heel, we need to see him as a heel again.
2. He's a More Natural Heel
I'll always maintain that Randy Orton is a more natural heel.
Everything he does (the way he maneuvers around the ring, his facial expressions, the way he talks, etc.) is more conducive to being a heel than it is to being a baby face.
If you really think about it, the only thing that really establishes Orton as a face is the fact that he feuds with heels.
I mean, he RKOs anyone at anyone time, he shows no remorse for his actions, he punts people in the skull and so on and so forth.
How is it baby face-like to kick a man in the head and try to end his career? It's not.
Orton has always been better as the cold, menacing, kick-ass heel who does whatever the hell he wants whenever he wants to do it.
I know it's "cool" to like a face who does that, but it's the natural instincts of a heel to act the way that Orton does.
1. Most of the WWE's Top Stars Are Baby Faces
Who are the WWE's top four full-time superstars?
I think that most would answer that question with this: CM Punk, John Cena, Sheamus and Randy Orton.
What do they all have in common? Oh yeah, they're baby faces.
While it's good that the WWE has four incredibly popular superstars at the top of the company, it's also a bad thing that its top four stars are all baby faces.
If your top stars are all good guys, then that leaves a pretty big gap on the heel side, which goes back to my theory that the WWE doesn't have a true, long-term top heel.
The WWE has to fix this problem by turning one of its top four stars heel, and both Punk and Sheamus only turned less than a year ago.
That leaves Cena and Orton as the only options to turn heel, and I think we all know who's more likely to become a bad guy out of the two.
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