First off, I would like to formally introduce myself. My name is Kevin Thornton. It is my honor to be a subscriber and writer for Bleacher Report, and I promise to do my best to state the facts and ALL sides of a story in whatever I publish. Now, since this is a website for sports articles and not a memoir of my life, I think its time we get down to business.
For my first article, I've chosen to address the WWE Championship, and more specifically the man who I believe is currently the best pick to hold it. That man is none other than the Legend Killer, Randy Orton.
First off, lets look at the top contenders on Raw for the WWE Championship. You've got John Cena, Triple H, Batista (when he returns after yet anotherinjury), and The Big Show. All of those before-mentioned names are in my opinion, top-class athletes (yes, even John Cena, folks). In my opinion, Cena is much better in the ring than he is given credit for. Cena, Hunter, and Dave are all multiple-time World Champions and to my knowledge, have never failed the Wellness Drug Policy since it was put in place. There is no doubt that these three have earned their positions and prestige within the WWE. However, they are adding to what I believe is Monday Night Raws' biggest problem.
Simply put, it is the lack of variety.
Don't get me wrong, I respect their devotion and everything that they have done-and continue-to do for the company. Still, the fact remains that no matter what kind of spin you put on it, we've seen it before,dammit! The same men in the title hunt, or holding the top title, whether it be Superman Cena (who, by the way, "overcame the impossible odds" and got the "miracle victory" over Big Show for the second straight time at Extreme Rules) or the WWE's other golden boy, (not to mention the husband of the boss' daughter), Triple H. Oh, and lets not forget Batista, who after returning a whopping 2 months ago, sustained another injury after winning the WWE title from Orton in a steel cage, bringing his number of total injuries in the last 3 years to a presumable 50-60 range.
Now, I don't mean to sound like a lying, deceiving hypocrite as Chris Jericho would say. I do respect everything these men have done for the business. Maybe it's frustration on my part, but I don't think that I'm alone when I say that I am tired of seeing the same people in the title hunt. I know I've probably got people on their computers right now rolling their eyes as they read this article, because one could argue that Orton is in the title picture 90% of the time as well.
However, there is one thing that Orton is bringing to the WWE title picture right now, and that, my friends, is what I mentioned before-variety.
Think about it. Maybe its just me, but I know that I would rather see Orton holding the title than have Hunter hold it for the-what number are we at now?
Oh, thats right-the fourteenth time in his career.
The same goes for Cena, who regardless of how much he gets booed/cheered, you can guarantee will win his matches 99.9 % of the time. Seriously, if Batman, Superman, and The Flash were under WWE contract and were scheduled for a 3 on 1 against Cena, I still would'nt know who to put my money on. I would be a little more leniant if Batista were to become champion, but he gets injured so often that its a wonder how he makes it to the ring without crutches or a wheelchair to assist him.
The Big Show is somewhat of a fresh addition to the mix, but I just don't think many people would find buy into him as champion as much as they would other top superstars. Right now, for instance, even after throwing Cena into a 7,000 watt lightbulb and being built as WWE's most dominant monster, he still has almost no heat. Of course, this can be atributed to the fact that he lost to Cena anyway (twice) after that, but hey, I guess no superstar is Cena-proof.
With Randy Orton, you never know what you are going to get when you tune into Raw. Sure, you know you'll hear his awesome theme music as he comes out with that everlasting glare on his face, and you know that he'll likely have Rhodes and DiBiase at his side. What I mean is you never know who Orton is going to target next.
Seriously, the man is ALWAYS pissed at someone or about something. You may think you're safe, but Orton will find a reason to pick you out and eliminate you. More often than not, it'll end with a vicious punt to the head and a few minutes of gloating by Legacy. His promo skills have greatly improved, and I don't even need to comment about his in-ring skills. Even when Orton loses, you can be sure that he will not rest until the opponent that defeated him is dealt with accordingly by him, as well as his henchmen Rhodes and DiBiase. The one thing I will say is that I wish he didn't have to win every match with their help. This is the man that singlehandedly took out the McMahon family, after all. It couldn't hurt to give him a bit of a badass edge.
Therefore, it is for these reasons why I believe that until other stars, (such as MVP, Kofi Kingston, or Matt Hardy) are pushed into the WWE title picture, Orton is the best pick to hold the championship.
I don't think I'm being biased when I say that rather than seeing Cena win 400 matches in a row, or Triple H holding the title for the umpteenth time, or Batista holding the title for a few days only to get injured as he gets out of bed, I would rather see The Viper walk slowly down the ramp, as he eyes everyone in the arena with his cold, pitiless eyes, with the WWE Championship slung firmly over his shoulder.