WWE Extreme Rules 2013: What We Learned from Randy Orton's Win

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMay 19, 2013

Randy Orton at Extreme Rules (photo from wwe.com)
Randy Orton at Extreme Rules (photo from wwe.com)

At WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Randy Orton defeated The Big Show via a powerful punt kick.

The match itself was packed full of drama and action, serving as one of the better undercard bouts on an otherwise-patchy show. That Orton finished things with the (rarely used) punt kick was a nice touch, too. It made the bout feel extra special and important.

Unsurprisingly, the packed crowd at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis went absolutely crazy for its hometown hero's win. It was a nice heartwarming moment.

In all honestly, the muddled The Big Show vs. Orton feud hasn't exactly set the world on fire. Generally, it's come off as pure time-filler and little else.

It doesn't help that for someone who's supposed to be a heel, Big Show has come off as very sympathetic, with his gripes against Orton seeming very justified.

Orton hasn't seemed terribly into the material either, coming off as rather bored and indifferent (this is a problem he's had for the past year now).

But this compelling bout went some way to redeeming their floundering feud.

Essentially, the result of this match told us that WWE are, to a degree anyway, still behind "The Viper." 

Which isn't really a surprise. He does have a movie, WWE Studios' 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded, coming out next month (never mind Iron Man 3 or Star Trek Into Darkness, this is the real big movie of the summer!). This may also explain why he's yet to turn heel.

Sure, he had a difficult 2012, most notably when he failed his second drug test in May and was suspended for 60 days.

After the suspension, his stock in the company seemed to plummet. Maybe management felt he couldn't be trusted again: Per the policy, he fails one more time and he'll have to be fired, which explains why they can't push him to the moon like they used to.

But, despite this, he's still one of the few younger, over guys they have left. Despite seemingly being around forever, Orton is just 33.

He can do a lot more in WWE, especially if his much-talked-about heel turn ever comes to fruition. And, hey, for all the (deserved) criticism of his dull babyface character, he can still go in the ring, as Sunday night illustrated.

With CM Punk out, Rock injured and Triple H and Brock Lesnar being part-timers, he's more valuable than ever.

That Sheamus hasn't really gotten over as a top babyface may also help his cause.

As for The Big Show? Well, he's ultimately in the same position he's always been. Sometimes he gets pushed like a main eventer; sometimes he doesn't.

His status seems to depend on what mood WWE creative is in, or how short it is on wrestlers at any given time.

Nothing changed for him at Extreme Rules. Not really.