Before the last couple of years, Randy Orton had been a regular fixture in pay-per-view main events.
But with the rise of CM Punk and Sheamus and Orton's own backstage indiscretions, the Viper has had to make do with lower profile feuds with the likes of Kane, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto del Rio.
No longer, according to F4WOnline, who today posted a report that the third-generation superstar is on the verge of breaking out of the shadows and back into a title picture (h/t Wrestling Inc).
Per the report:
"Randy Orton is reportedly in line for a big push within the next 6 months or so. The idea is to build him back up over the next few months."
This adds to a report from the same source that was released a little over a week ago that claimed "Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler will dominate the World Title picture in early 2013" (h/t Wrestling Inc).
For fans of Orton, this recent rush of positive news will come as a huge relief. There is a significant feeling for some that he is being underutilised and held back to push others whilst less deserving superstars on the roster have been given a bigger push.
His current popularity cannot be denied—in terms of crowd reaction, it's arguable he receives pops second only in noise to John Cena.
Orton's only main event appearance in the past few months was in a Fatal 4-Way match at Over the Limit against Sheamus, Chris Jericho and del Rio—his final PPV before beginning a two-month suspension for violating the company's Wellness Program.
It was at this time that it seemed WWE's relationship with Orton was nearing breaking point. There were rumours abound that there was some serious backstage heat on him, with one former talent even claiming Cena himself was lobbying for the superstar to be fired (via Wrestling Inc).
As well as past controversies, some believe that Orton is undeserving of another run with the World Heavyweight Title simply because there are more up-and-coming talents on the roster deserving of a push before him.
Though of course, the biggest question on everyone's mind is not if the Viper can get back his title, but if he can do it in the heel role he's desired to play for so long.
If he were to feud with Ziggler, a complete reversal of character would have to be executed, with the Show Off becoming a babyface in the process.
Whether or not Orton deserves to finally get his way in this respect is a topic sure to inspire plenty of debate in the coming weeks and months.
What do you think about Orton's imminent push? Does he deserve to return to the spotlight?
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