Casting Judgment on Randy Orton: Does the Face of Raw Have To Be a Hero?
I've been watching Monday Night Raw for the last couple of weeks and something kept nagging at me.
Was it Sheamus being able to walk and wrestle with no lasting effects from the “career changing, demonic” structure know as Hell in a Cell?
No I can chalk that one up to poor logic.
Was it R-Truth and Ted DiBiase Jr. having dance offs?
Nope, that’s just trying to entertain the kiddies.
Is it that Randy Orton, the man who is constantly portrayed as a psychotic lunatic, is now being painted as the hero of the WWE?
Don’t misunderstand me, because I love Orton’s character as much as the next Internet Wrestling Community bill-paying member, but Randy as a face just doesn’t do it for me.
The problem with Orton as a face is that it feels unoriginal. Orton going around RKOing everyone feels like a rehash of Steve Austin.
Maybe the problem isn’t that he’s the hero and more of Orton no longer being a heel.
Orton is an incredibly talented individual who can convey emotions and have entire promos just with facial expressions and mannerisms. Orton as a heel meant he would go around destroying everyone and everything in his path from his championship. He had the ability to make you hate his guts, for you want to see him lose. Now when I watch Orton’s matches, I could care less about the outcome.
Even Orton has expressed discontent on the direction his character is taking, so apparently I’m not the only one feeling this way.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Please leave your comments, questions, concerns, etc. in the space below.
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