The Devalued Viper: The Real Reason Everyone Writes About Randy Orton

Quinn GammonCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

I couldn't help but notice that there have been a lot of Randy Orton articles on Bleacher Report lately. And likewise, a lot of John Cena articles as well.

Being the classy individual I am, I'm going to rehash an argument I made not that long ago. I've been told that I get off topic and repeat myself so if you don't get it the first time I say it, you just aren't going to get it at all.

I'm not like most writers, doing a piece about what's wrong with Randy Orton (since its not his fault) or why John Cena sucks or why I should blame Sheamus's WWE Title reign for the rainy Christmas I'm set to experience this year.

I'm writing as a fan who's sick of something he loves.

Isn't that sentence just all kinds of wrong? If you truly love something, you don't get sick of it, right?


I'm not a fairweather fan and I've been watching wrestling for over a decade. I've seen it during its boom periods and I've seen it during its slumps.

But ever since the phrase Sports-Entertainment was erased as a term used for wrestling, I've slowly watched the industry I love spiral down the tubes.

Let me list just a couple things that are wrong with the entire product as a whole. And I'm not just talking about the WWE:

1. Professional wrestling is being structured around small children.

I won't harp on this any more than the next fan but my reasoning is different. I understand that children's parents are bringing in all the merchandise revenue but I can't stress this enough.

You cannot market a violent product for children, no matter how much you water it down with censorship and heroes.

It didn't work in the 80's either. Hogan was a hero alright, but it still wasn't something that was geared towards children. Get rid of all the blood, take away all the adult themed language and cover up the women. It still teaches kids to solve problems with violence.

2. Professional wrestling has become a contradiction of itself and has lost its primary focus.

We have a company that prides itself on its entertainment value in the WWE, losing ratings because its creative team has a hard on for guest hosts that virtually nobody in the world cares about.

We have a company that prides itself in its young talent and cutting edge material in TNA, basing virtually all of its biggest storylines around middle aged ex-WWE talent.

While one company (WWE) claims that the Texas Athletic Commission prohibits excessively bloody athletes, the other company (TNA) can bleed all over the place and apparently, set its employees on fire if they choose to do so.

The WWE has Unified Tag Team Championships for a non-existent Tag Team Division and two Women's Titles for a company-wide roster that only has three truly capable female competitors.

I could continue but you understand my point.

3. Characters who should thrive are being drowned in their companies' own over-stringent agendas.

For you people that gripe about me getting off topic, this is where the devalued Viper comes into play. Randy Orton is the perfect example of this and I'm going to quote something that featured columnist Shane H. wrote in his own Randy Orton article:

Much like Stone Cold Steve Austin's character wouldn't really fit today's WWE, Orton is a man who belongs in an environment where there is more freedom.

nnHe needs to do things that might seem un-Disney, if you will.

Shane made a good point. Sure, a PG Era WWE is a good idea for revenue but at what cost? When you hurt the momentum of what should be the best heel in the company, that should at least raise a few questions.

Sure, last year Randy Orton kicked Vince in the head, kissed Triple H's wife and had his home broken into and vandalized with a sledgehammer. But that's perfectly okay. Just as long as nobody bleeds in a ladder match, right?

Our Viper has been devalued simply because he's not allowed to use his full potential. Randy Orton is the epitomy of a brand new Mustang GT. Why in the hell are you going to have one if you only drive it in first gear?

The people of B/R are writing about Randy Orton because he is the poster boy for how not to utilize the wrestlers on your roster.

It's time for the wrestling industry as a whole to evaluate its future and where it's heading. Because from what I've seen in the last ten years, it can only fall so far before it hits rock bottom.

And no, a PG Era Rock is not something I ever want to see.

Quinn Gammon is a part time student, residing in the Long Island area of New York. He writes articles exclusively for the wrestling section of Bleacher Report and is looking to pursue a career in the field of wrestling journalism, if there is such a thing.

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