A couple of months ago I wrote about how I thought that Orton’s sudden increase in popularity would do to him what it has done to many former bad guys gone good, and that would be to rob him of his edge. Or as I put it, rob the viper of his teeth.
Now here we are, and thus far Randy is as bad as he has ever been (minus some kicks to the head) and the crowds still love him. But watching him recently has made me realize that no matter how popular he is right now, he may never reach that plateau of superstar, reached by such greats as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, or Hulk Hogan. Those three men had a certain charisma that was bigger than life, and had the crowds hanging on their every word. Arena’s would explode with just the first few chords of their entrance music. These were the men that the company was built around during their time. Even the merchandise selling machine that is John Cena gets a mixed reaction no matter where he goes, and he is the companies golden boy.
So what is this missing ingredient that can propel Mr Orton to that mythical ‘next level’ Unfortunately for Randy, it is the one thing that he has never been very good at. He just can’t help being boring. More specifically he has very little skills on the Mic. Listening to a Randy Orton interview is the equivalent to putting your radio on a station that is nothing but static for 5 minutes. It is just so much white noise. On his best day he can only manage to be no more than dull. And secondly is his in ring work. For a guy who looks to be in fantastic shape, he is very slow and methodical, and seems to need constant breaks, which for The Viper, means headlock after headlock.
So, can Randy Orton ever break this curse of being dull, and join the ranks of the elite? Perhaps he can. Maybe the right opponent would bring out something new. Maybe he can explore other ways of drawing the crowd into his warped mind (those voices in his head) I certainly did enjoy him more when he looked like he was having a mental breakdown now and again. But I guess only time will tell on this one.