Now Would Be a Great Time For a Randy Orton Face Turn

Jonathon HiltonContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  Wrestlers Triple H (L) and Randy Orton compete during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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There comes a point once every few years when wrestling fans come together in a collective unity and decide that this year, or in this time period, opinions of wrestlers or the general wrestling product in general needs an overhaul. A "makeover" if you will, when the storylines, the heels/faces, the shows, EVERYTHING needs to get updated or get a reboot. Needless to say, this is the definition of evolution really, where you have to be able to adapt and change to your surrounding environment, or otherwise your product (or even career) is like that small fish swimming around in a tank with man-eating sharks. Only bad things can happen.

The WWE product, right now as we speak, is stale. Gimmicky and stale. I've been watching wrestling now going on, oh, thirteen years now. Never once have I seen the WWE product look this bad and predictable. Last week on Raw saw Mike Tyson return to face DX for the first time in 12 years and in very predictable PG fasion, Tyson wound up getting "closure" with DX for screwing HBK out of the WWE title at Wrestlemania 14 way way back yonder. Add a Hornswoggle run in, another week of Chris Jericho misuse and the continuing burial of Jack Swagger's career and you ladies and gentlemen have WWE Raw.

But I saw a gleaming hope come out of Raw on Monday, and it involved my man, the best gosh darn heel in the biz Mr. Randy Orton, defeat Kofi "can't follow a script" Kingston and John "stale gimmick" Cena in a triple threat match to determine who would face Sheamus at the RR for the WWE title. Now normally the WWE doesn't like having heel vs heel matches headline PPV's for the generally low buyrate, but I see GREAT amount of potential for a Randy Orton face turn now or after the RR is over.

Think about it. How long had Mr. RKO been a heel? Four years? Five? At what point does Vince and co. shake things up by giving Randy the opportunity to turn face and start connecting with the crowd? If I remember correctly, the Rock was the baddest heel in 1999 before he turned on the Corporation and took a Austin like face turn that resulted in "ROCKY" chants in every stadium the WWE went to. Same with HHH. Hunter was an excellent heel, playing it with great charisma and strength that fans loved booing him (no one, from 2000 to 2005, played a heel better than HHH.) Now he and HBK are faces; both having the capabilities to switch back and forth if they please.

My point is simple: Give Randy, if he wants it, a face run for a while and see what happens. Ultimately the fans dictate policy in the WWE (whether Vince likes it or not) and could call on change in the form of who they boo and cheer for. I, for one, am in favor of a Randy Orton face turn. I think it would give Raw a chance to develop Sheamus into a better heel and finally give the fans another wrestler to cheer for besides Cena and DX (who were both booed last Monday for being stale, which I agree with.) I am a big believer of blessings in disguise, and with Randy now being close to 30 and more mature in his decision making outside of the ring, it would be a nice confidence booster from Vince himself to help promote the best heel the WWE has into the next main event phenomenon.