Randy Orton has finally managed to do the impossible. Just days after he viciously punted Vince McMahon in the head, the Legend Killer became the first true heel to win the Royal Rumble.
With all of the cards stacked against him, Orton managed to win the Rumble match by eliminating his former mentor Triple H with the aid of The Legacy.
Orton was the 8th man to enter the Royal Rumble match, a large mountain to climb if he hoped to succeed. With the later entries of Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, Orton managed to survive while other great talent was eliminated.
This Rumble match consisted of the likes of Triple H, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, and a returning Rob Van Dam. In the end however, the best man walked away victorious.
In doing so Randy Orton has become arguably the first true heel to win the Royal Rumble match.
When Yokozuna won it in 1993, the match itself had not reached the prestige it currently holds and was viewed as more of a gimmick. When Vince McMahon won in 1999, it was part of a storyline angle with Stone Cold Steve Austin that made the victory far different from what Orton has done.
The past nine winners of the Royal Rumble were all babyfaces. It has since become a Royal Rumble standard for the winner of the big match to be a popular good guy. Never has a heel gathered enough momentum to win the Rumble match and go on to Wrestlemania.
Yes, heels have retained their championships at Wrestlemania (Orton did so last year) but that is very different from winning the Royal Rumble and going on to possibly win a World Championship on the grandest stage of them all.
This is where Randy Orton has made history. He has defied the conventional role of a heel and crossed the lines to take out babyfaces and heels alike on his way to the top. Orton has become a figure revolutionary to the wrestling business.
It appears as if punting Vince McMahon in the skull, has propelled Randy Orton with enough momentum to take him anywhere he desires to go. Props should go to Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase as well. They served their roles perfectly and now they will have the privilege of being associated with a living legend.
Be prepared to see a lot more of your 2009 Royal Rumble winner, Randy Orton.