WWE Sinks To a New Low With Their Portrayal of Randy Orton on Raw
Disappointing would be putting it mildly.
Perplexing might be a bit more accurate.
And senseless might be more appropriate.
For the first time in weeks, I was actually excited to watch Monday Night Raw.
Despite the fact that the program has appeared to struggle as it pertains to logical and intriguing creative progression, they appeared to be onto something that would have, if nothing else, served to be a temporary fix for a growing problem.
The problem being the creative direction of the "Randy Orton" character and the temporary fix being qualified credible interaction between the company's star of the future (Randy Orton) and the most successful star to-date on the roster (Triple H).
Randy Orton (who was recently named PWI's "Wrester of the Year" for 2009) has been rewarded for his efforts with the deprivation of quality competition which has since resulted in the poor utilization of his talents.
He went from facing the likes of Triple H, Batista, and John Cena to being demoted to the likes of Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase.
That's not a knock on the last four aforementioned as much as it is the realization that the four of them combined do not equate to one of the previous three mentioned.
You want to get someone over?
Send them to Randy Orton.
You want the fans to find their "storytelling" relevant?
Send them to Randy Orton.
But while Orton has been devoting his time to help "get over" Superstars who have accomplished about five percent cumulatively of what he has, he continues to be rewarded by the creative team that insist upon feeding him weak scraps for which they rarely allow his character to do away with appropriately.
Think about this for a moment.
The same Randy Orton who made Triple H cry, put Batista on the shelf (twice), and defeated the undefeatable John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match is the same Randy Orton getting pinned by a man half his size (Kofi Kingston), and double-teamed to the point of defeat by two men, both of whom have accomplished nothing as established individual talent.
Randy Orton's creative progression suffers from bipolar (and I apologize in advance to anyone who might take offense with the analogy) as one moment he's beating down the best the industry has ever had to offer and the next he's being defeated by men who have never main-evented a house show, much less WrestleMania.
And with the one opportunity that the WWE had prior to WrestleMania to temporarily rectify their mistakes, they delivered one of the greatest disappointments of the WrestleMania season.
Randy Orton teaming up with Triple H = Different, fresh, and intriguing if nothing else.
They had an opportunity to establish a greater dialog between the two but refused and opted in favor of showing an additional "Slim Jim" commercial instead.
Okay, strike one.
The crowd was definitely interested when Orton made his way to the ring and it was a good decision to save his entrance for last as you could see that the crowd responded well.
When Triple H tagged Orton in, the crowd became more electric than they had been all night, which is surprising given how under-qualified all three of Orton's opponents were.
Then it happened.
I could have cared less whether Orton won or lost, as the aspect more critical in this instance was that they deliver a credible conclusion to a match for which the fans actually cared about.
Despite the fact that Randy Orton took out all three opponents without having a finger laid on him, all it took was one Sheamus "kick of irrelevance" to put him out of commission and get pinned.
By that train of logic, Sheamus should begin every match by hopping around, hoping to connect with that kick because if it could take out a future Hall of Famer in one shot with no other damage delivered, it should be sufficient to defeat almost any superstar on the roster at any given moment.
And then as Triple H rises to his feet and removes Sheamus from the ring, we had an opportunity to see some, any, kind of interaction between him and Randy Orton.
A face-off, a hand shake (although I wouldn't hold my breath), a stare-down, something; but the WWE opted for nothing as they felt as though that might prove to be a bit more interesting.
Who's going to win?
Triple H or Sheamus?
Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, or Ted DiBiase?
Both matchups are okay, Triple H's more so than Randy Orton's, but the conclusion to the WrestleMania build-up is quite disappointing when you see how poorly it was executed and how much more could have come from it.
I don't fault Triple H, I don't fault Randy Orton, heck, I don't fault "the other three guys" either.
Call it a lack of time.
Call it a lack of structure.
But I'd call it a lack of potential excitement heading into the biggest event of the year.
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