Yeah... Totally Didn't See This Coming Did We...
Major Championships Held: World Heavyweight Championship (x1)
Main Events (PPV): 4 (Unforgiven, Taboo Tuesday, Survivor Series and New Year's Revolution)
Secondary Main Events (PPV): 1 (Royal Rumble)
Unforgiven: vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship (Lost)
No Mercy: Smackdown Exclusive PPV
Taboo Tuesday: vs. Ric Flair in a Cage Match (Won)
Survivor Series: with Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven vs. Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky and Edge in a Traditional Survivor Series Match (Won)
Armageddon: Smackdown Exclusive PPV
New Year's Revolution: vs. Triple H, Chris Benoit, Edge, Chris Jericho and Batista in an Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Championship (Final Elimination)
Royal Rumble: vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship (Lost)
No Way Out: Smackdown Exclusive PPV
WWE's failing in the first six months of Randy Orton's departure was that they made him a face. Only an hour before making his turn, he was insulting an audience because, at the age of 23, no one had achieved as much as Randy Orton had.
He had a right to brag because he has just become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion. Being a heel meant it came with arrogant overtones that would aggravate the audience.
He was the perfect champion to hate. Yet we were all meant to cheer for him because he was beat up by his equally dubious friends.
Sure, I could see some benefits in cheering him. After all, he was beating up The Game every other week, and people were getting pretty tired of his constant grip over the World Championship.
But Orton was about as well-prepared to play the good guy as WWE creative was for writing him in such a way.
They had no idea what to do with him at the time. It was originally decided that WrestleMania 21 would be the ideal place to have Orton win the World Championship back from Triple H.
The problem was that they needed to keep him feuding for seven months.
So it was decided that, in the meantime, he would face the other members of Evolution. This would not have been too bad if it was not for the fact he lost to every member.
Yes, that includes Ric Flair, whom he defeated at Taboo Tuesday and pretty much lost to on the next Raw.
The crowd wanted to cheer him, but WWE had made Orton out to be a loser. The crowd began to lose interest, and plans were changed.
As we will see in the next slide, a better job was made with the other Evolution departee. Orton in February was made heel again, and placed in a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 21.
Despite being on the Raw roster, he would compete mostly on Smackdown. This was probably to keep him away from Evolution.
Luckily, this feud saved his career and, oddly enough, he is one of the biggest faces in WWE today all because it has been prepared better.