There was a time when Triple H really was the diamond of this industry. There was a time when Triple H could be considered the measuring stick for which all other talent was measured. There was a time when Triple H was truly the King of Kings.
That time however, is over.
You might say, evolution has passed him by.
There is a new diamond in this industry, and his name is Randy Orton.
Orton, however, is no one-hit wonder. Orton is no flavor of the month. Randy Orton is quite possibly the most complete WWE Superstar that we have seen in years.
Unlike other Superstars who have managed to make a name for themselves in the WWE by exceeding in one or two areas, Randy Orton has managed to excel at all levels.
He's a great in ring competitor, fantastic on the microphone, and possesses the most interesting character of all time.
No, that's not a typo. It's an opinion and a damn good one at that.
The character of Randy Orton has developed so well that the WWE was forced to push a heel to the top of the industry.
Yes, it was Randy Orton the heel who won the Royal Rumble. It's been Randy Orton becoming the vocal point on Monday Nights, not John Cena.
Ever notice how every Raw Rebound revolves around one character? Ever notice how whoever happens to be the Champion on Raw takes a backseat to Randy Orton's exploits?
Orton is the No. 1 man in the industry right now and with just cause.
He's simply the best.
A spot that once belonged to his longtime nemesis, Triple H.
Is it odd that although I find what Randy Orton did to Stephanie McMahon to be despicable, I'm relishing in Triple H's misery?
Yes this is storyline people but think about it, is there anybody who deserves to be more miserable than Triple H?
Don't let his poor face-turn fool you, because besides Orton, you'd be hard pressed to find a more despicable man in the world of professional wrestling then Triple H.
Him losing the Royal Rumble was the icing on the cake for me.
As I sat and watched Randy Orton's Legacy beat down Triple H, it brought back vivid memories of Evolution beating down Randy Orton with the only difference being, Triple H and Evolution had no reason or realistic motivation.
It was Triple H who Orton can blame for breaking his collar-bone.
As a result, I had to watch a very poor product on Raw for months.
It was Triple H who first turned on Orton so when I saw Triple H the babyface get beaten down as the people booed, I loved it.
Triple H is still a great talent, no question about it but when it comes to facing Randy Orton, he is out of his league.
I could argue that Randy Orton now is better than Triple H was in his prime.
True, he's active in a weaker era but he is still the more complete talent regardless.
His Legacy is better than Triple H's version of D-Generation X.
Although Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase are not nearly as popular and don't sell a bunch of T-Shirts to children, they are cut from a greater mold than D-X ever was.
Don't believe me?
Compare Cody Rhodes to the Road Dogg. Or Compare Ted DiBiase to X-Pac. The Legacy are more serious and credible than those other popular Superstars ever were.
But back to Randy Orton and Triple H.
If Orton is better now than Triple H was in his prime, how do you think 2009's version should measure up?
Now, they might have him win just because he's Triple H and because he's the good-guy, I get that.
But regardless of what happens, Randy Orton is the superior competitor.
The torch will be passed, it's just a matter of time.
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