Randy Orton finding his character once again (image courtesy of WWE.com)
Going into WrestleMania, it appeared that several members of the WWE Universe were suppressing their quirks to form alliances.
Randy Orton blocked out the voices to play peacemaker between Sheamus and Big Show. Kane and Daniel Bryan stopped arguing and got along perfectly to defend the tag team championship. Even Triple H lost his cerebral side in favor of an all-out brawl with Brock Lesnar.
Now these characters are coming out of their shells once more and producing some real intensity in their performances.
After being betrayed at WrestleMania by Big Show, Randy Orton has reengaged with his voices. His promos have become darker and his position as a face has been reestablished, as fans respond to a character willing to do anything to get the win. Notably, Orton even reached into his arsenal to utilize the “Punt” finisher that he made famous during his time as a heel.
Bryan and Kane are exploring issues that arise from the two men being so different. Bryan’s concerns that his smaller stature makes him the weak link is easily transferable to real life situations.
Many people feel inferior to friends or colleagues due to their belief that those around them are physically or mentally more competent than themselves.
These themes have allowed Bryan to address his size disadvantages and to adjust his character’s mentality to overcome them. This should allow Bryan to be taken seriously as a championship contender in the near future. It has also allowed Kane to take on the veteran status of someone who truly appreciates other people’s talent. This a natural progression for a character that has 15 years at the top of WWE television.
It would even appear that Triple H is finally letting go of his position at the top of WWE’s pecking order. This character development should allow Triple H to become a better non-wrestling entity and will make an interesting story as the audience witnesses the decline of a legend.
These changes have been seen right across the roster. This is going to open up new feuds and more interesting reasons why Superstars wish to fight.
Fans are always looking for the next big feud, and these shifts in characters’ personas will provide that. They may even allow previously seen feuds to feel fresh once again, as the reasons why they are engaging are so very different.
Most importantly, this change should make good television.