In case you've been living under a rock the past few days, Randy Orton was attacked by a fan inside the ring as the WWE traveled overseas. If you've been living under that same rock, you also likely haven't heard the WWE Universe clamoring for a heel turn from "The Viper."
Of course, most of us are very aware of what happened down in South Africa recently. The WWE has said it wasn't part of the show, according to WrestleZone.com, but what if they made it a part of the plan?
I think we can all see down the road as to how Orton will turn as the most obvious answer is to cash in on Daniel Bryan after he defeats John Cena at SummerSlam or even on Cena himself. The problem with that is, even if Orton cashes in on Bryan, fans will still likely cheer for him. We've seen in the past (see Dolph Ziggler-Alberto Del Rio) that fans will cheer for who they like, regardless of their face-heel standing.
I'm sure WWE has some pre-planned story with how Orton had to "do whatever it takes" to become champion or some other generic reason to become a bad guy. Usually, one of those reasons is "the fans have turned against me." As we saw with Del Rio earlier this year, that angle is rather dull and doesn't help the character develop.
But what if the fans really did turn against Orton?
He has the evidence to prove it and a legitimate reason to rebel against the fanbase that has supported him. The fan attack could be a nice catalyst to push Orton over the edge and away from his stale face gimmick. In the past, we've seen kayfabe events that came close to being real situations help create intrigue in a story; this time it's a real incident that could create it.
I'm not saying WWE needs to glorify the fan's attack for obvious reasons. You don't have to mention the fan's name or identify him in the video at all. But they can show the attack up until the point Orton realizes it's not part of the show and goes after the fan.
Instead of WWE giving us another pre-planned script that we've seen hundreds of times, they have an opportunity to use real-life events to create a story. Hopefully, the WWE creative team realizes how easy this fan has made their lives easier and uses the event to take Orton from generic babyface to the heel many want him to become.