The Resurgence of a Predator: Chronicling Randy Orton's Slow-Burning Heel Turn

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The Resurgence of a Predator: Chronicling Randy Orton's Slow-Burning Heel Turn
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The venomous viper Randy Orton contemplates what his "voices" are telling him.

After spending a majority of his WWE career as a heel, Randy Orton showed signs of a faceturn in the first few months of 2010 when tension was teased among the members of Legacy. The turn was firmly established one night removed from WrestleMania 26, when Orton teamed up with longtime rival John Cena to take on the duo of Batista and Jack Swagger on Raw.

Although Orton was fine as a fine for the first year or so, members of the Internet Wrestling Community slowly started to turn on him when it became apparent that he was nothing more than the "John Cena of Friday nights" when he was traded to SmackDown in April 2011. It was at this point that numerous fans began to long for the days of Orton as a vindictive villain.

Most turns nowadays, whether they are from face to heel or vice versa, are done out of the blue by WWE or without any explanation at all. Once in a while, however, some turns are excellently executed by being planned ahead of time.

As far back as November of last year, the seeds were planted for the long-awaited heel turn of Orton, who rejoined the "dark side" at August's SummerSlam pay-per-view. Here, I will track back what exactly led to The Viper's sudden switch and why it couldn't have been done any better.

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