It is inevitable and whether you like it or not, Randy Orton will become the new WWE Champion at Wrestlemania XXV. Although this might not come as a shock to some, there are many doubters out there who feel that Randy Orton will not make history.
Those people will be wrong.
There are several factors that should prove to work out in Orton's favor.
If you'd like to remain surprised come Wrestlemania, stop reading now. But if you'd like to know why Orton will make history, read on because I've analyzed the situation inside and out.
First of all, I will deal with the things that would not seem to work out in Orton's favor.
The first would be that a heel has never (and I mean never) gone on to win the WWE Championship (or World Heavyweight Championship) at Wrestlemania.
As a matter of fact, only two heels have ever managed to even retain their championships at Wrestlemania. That would be the very two men who will compete in the main event at this year's Wrestlemania.
Triple H retained the WWE Championship in a Fatal Four Way elimination match against The Rock, Mick Foley, and The Big Show at Wrestlemania 2000 and he retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Booker T at Wrestlemania XIX.
Randy Orton retained the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match against Triple H and John Cena last year at Wrestlemania XXIV.
There is however, a big difference between retaining the title and winning it on the grandest stage of them all.
The WWE has always saved Wrestlemania to be the number one crowd-pleaser of the year. That is why they closed the show last year with The Undertaker defeating Edge instead of the Orton match, which was the bigger of the two. The WWE refused to leave the fans disappointed at night's end.
So clearly, Randy Orton being a heel is not a good sign in his favor. If he were a face he would be all but guaranteed to close the show by winning the championship but there are different (and more restrictive) rules that a heel must play by.
The other issue that could potentially hold Orton back is what he has done to the McMahon family.
The WWE always manages to find a way to punish their bad boys and it would be impossible to assume that Randy Orton will go unpunished. Nobody (not even Orton) gets the best of Vince McMahon.
With these two factors working against him, it might seem like an unrealistic hope to expect Randy Orton (the evil heel) to close Wrestlemania XXV by winning its most prestigious championship and make his legacy at the expense of Triple H.
Nonetheless, Randy Orton will walk out of Wrestlemania as the WWE Champion and I will tell you why.
The WWE needs to solidify the credibility of the Royal Rumble.
Last year John Cena won it and had nothing to show for it. Even worse, he lost to Randy Orton in the main event of Wrestlemania XXIV. Previous winners before Cena were Smackdown competitors (Rey Mysterio & The Undertaker) who only participated in the semi main events.
The last time the winner of the Royal Rumble went on to win the title in the true main event was Batista back in Wrestlemania 21. The WWE absolutely needs to re-establish the credibility of winning the Royal Rumble by having Orton achieve his destiny.
Then we have the issue of Orton needing to be punished for his despicable actions.
It seems all too predictable that Triple H would get his revenge and deny Orton the WWE title. That however, could bring forth quite a few bigger issues.
First of all, it's way too predictable. The people will expect Orton to get his rear-end handed to him and seeing such would possess no shock value whatsoever.
Secondly, is simply losing a match against Triple H really a fair amount of revenge? That to me does not make up for the significant physical harm Orton caused the McMahons. If Orton is to be punished, it's going to take more than just a lost match.
Certainly they wouldn't continue the punishment angle if Triple H defeats Orton at Wrestlemania. That would lead me to believe that Orton's punishment is likely to come further down the line.
Furthermore, if Orton was going to lose at Wrestlemania, it would have made more sense to have him become champion at No Way Out and then drop it to Triple H later. That would be a greater punishment and a more exciting ending for the fans of Triple H.
Then we have the momentum of The Legacy.
The WWE did not create this group just for them to try to help Randy Orton win the WWE Championship and fail to do so. This stable is here to stay, and I expect their momentum to continue by having their leader become the No. 1 man in the industry.
When that happens, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase can attempt to regain the Tag Team titles.
The WWE needs to do something shocking. Despite the roll he has been on, winning the WWE Championship in the main event of Wrestlemania XXV would be shocking in my book.
Randy Orton has been without the WWE title for almost a year, and the company will only go so long without putting the belt on their top Superstar.
Since having that happen down the line at an event like Backlash or Judgment Day would be anticlimactic, I expect the culmination of all Orton's efforts to take place on the grandest stage of them all.
At Wrestlemania XXV, Randy Orton will become the new WWE Champion.
That, people is not arrogance, it's destiny.
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