I Wouldn't Be Surprised If Randy Orton Channels Heath Ledger's Joker

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIDecember 14, 2009

The Dark Knight is one of my all-time favorite films.

Randy Orton is my all-time favorite sports entertainer.

Yet it's funny how sometimes greatness channels greatness.

While I do not have any evidence to substantiate this claim, I wouldn't be shocked if Randy Orton also happened to be a fan of The Dark Knight film.

Now I'm going to go out on a limb and assume everyone on B/R has seen the film, so you'll know what I'm talking about when stating the similarities that appear to be quite apparent.

The facial expressions.

It is what Randy Orton does best and in my view, does better than any other superstar in WWE history.

Randy Orton is a character.

Unlike the Superman that John Cena has become (with the exception of TLC's tragedy), Randy Orton's devilish grin strikes me as being quite familiar.

He's disturbed, deranged, and has the look of a psychotic nut-job every time he ceases control.

When he's angry, his looks could kill.

But it is when he takes control of a match, that his true demons come to light.

You can see the satisfaction he takes while delivering every blow.

One moment he appears somewhat scared of what he'll do, the next moment it appears to excite him.

I YouTube'd his match with Kofi Kingston (BINGO, $40 back to the Ryan-fund) and paid particular attention to its conclusion.

With Kofi's arm dismantled, Orton began to close his eyes, lick his lips, and prepare to terminate what was left of him.

His fists pound the mat, his eyes tear up, and the veins in his neck look as though they're eating away at him from the inside.

It's really sick if you take the time to think about it.

Perhaps that's what impresses me more than anything about Randy Orton.

He's not a brute like Batista who simply gets mad and throws a  ballistic fit; there's a sadistic nature that engulfs Orton's rage.

What I would recommend is that you put aside $20, go out and purchase The Dark Knight (half the price of a WWE throw-away PPV only you get to keep a piece of cinematic history) and focus on Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.

Then watch Randy Orton have one of his...well...Randy Orton moments.

Those moments in the ring that bring his theme song to life.

And maybe, just maybe, you'll see what I'm talking about.