To help him battle The Shield, to reinvigorate his career and to tap into his strengths, Randy Orton needs to head a new stable.
Orton has recently found himself in the lion's den with predators Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambros circling him. While he has found a temporary ally in Sheamus, a squad Orton can call his own is exactly what he needs.
The Shield interrupted a recent SmackDown match between Orton and Big Show, attacking Orton once more. Even with Sheamus out to help, it took the unexpected help of Big Show to even the numbers game.
This gives us a peek into what a potential Orton-run stable would look like battling The Shield. Even with lesser names replacing Sheamus and Big Show, it looks like a mighty fun ride waiting to happen.
His feuds with Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett have been fine, but nothing all that memorable. It's not the wrestling that held those rivalries back but the lack of narrative to work with.
The peak of Orton's career has been his run as the leader of Legacy.
Orton's sneer, his ornery demeanor and quiet, forceful leadership style made it believable that Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase would take orders from him. He came off as a man you don't disobey.
Even when DiBiase and Rhodes tried to buck Orton, he came down hard on them, looking like a badass in the process.
Since that group disbanded, there have been times Orton has seemed to be without a rudder.
No longer the Legend Killer and no longer the head man of Legacy, something feels lacking about his character.
Orton is in need of something new, something to thrust him into the spotlight once more. It's clear he can be successful as the head of a group, so perhaps that's the best way for him to regain his mojo.
The Shield needs a force to counteract it.
Cobra needs G.I. Joe to balance it out. The Brotherhood of Mutants needs the X-Men. Who better than Orton to take charge of a group capable of opposing The Shield's aggression?
John Cena will be busy pursuing the WWE title. Ryback is more hired muscle than kingpin.
Orton has the status and the skills to round up a new posse. Perhaps they are unproven stars, a few lower-card guys or any talented wrestler currently without an angle.
Some of WWE's greatest moments have been born from stable rivalries. The Rock with the Nation of Domination at his side vs. Triple H with D-Generation X comes to mind right away.
It's an easy way to involve several guys in a single narrative.
A new stable with Orton at the helm gives The Shield more opportunities for matches. It would give Orton a direction, one that would help him thrive.
Before he seeks revenge on Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose, Orton would be better off forming a gang to even the playing field.