Last week on Raw, there was a triple-threat match among John Cena, Randy Orton, and Kofi Kingston. The match ended with Orton as the No. 1 contender for Sheamus' WWE championship. Now, while this result may have surprised fans, what really struck some was what happened seconds before the match ended.
As many of you are aware, the match ended with Orton giving Kingston an RKO. This was followed by Orton repeatedly yelling the word “stupid” in Kingston's direction before the pin cover.
Initially, I must admit, my first reaction was not that a mistake had been made. At the time, I had chalked up the reaction to be Orton's character rubbing in the fact that Kingston thought he could win.
My opinion started to change when I read an article by Miss Annie ("Who messed up on Raw and Pissed Randy Orton Off?") and viewed the Youtube link a few times.
Of course, whenever we think of Orton showing his frustrations, we naturally remember Mr. Kennedy (who is now Mr. Anderson). This parallel was brought up in the article.
For anyone who doesn't remember...during a 10-man tag match on Raw back in May, the then-Mr. Kennedy performed a back suplex on Orton. Orton felt it was done recklessly and showed his displeasure during the match. Shortly after this, Anderson was released from WWE.
At first, it was believed that Anderson, who has had injury problems in the past, was released because of yet another injury he had suffered. These reports were rebuffed after a video that Anderson posted of himself on Facebook showed he was in fact not injured.
This has led many to speculate that Anderson's release could have been because of the in-ring incident with Orton. If this was in fact the case, then it also goes to show the kind of backstage political influence Orton has.
If he does have this much power backstage, then it leaves me with questions as to Kingston's future. One of those questions would be what, if any, kind of punishment could Kingston receive for his discretion.
Now, I am not trying to imply that Kingston is going to be released, and personally, I would hope that's not the case. However, it does leave me wondering if the perceived screw-up could result in him dropping out of the main event picture for awhile.
Another question that has crossed my mind concerns the relationship between Kingston and Orton. Going on the theory that Orton's anger was genuine, it would lead me to believe that their relationship isn't very good.
Think about it: If you're on good terms with someone at your job, and he makes a mistake, you probably wouldn't call him out on it in front of everyone. I would think you would tell him about his error in private, as to not embarrass him.
Having said all of that, let me add that this is just a theory. Whether or not any kind of repercussion will occur is pure speculation. However, with reports surfacing that Orton's anger was legit, I feel it will leave many watching this with interest in the coming weeks and months.
So I ask you readers, is this a case of something being blown way out of proportion? Or rather a situation where, if there is smoke, there is fire?