WWE TLC Results: Randy Orton Loses to The Miz

Vanda RamkissoonContributor IIIDecember 19, 2010

At WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs there were two important events concerning the future of three WWE superstars and the WWE title.


WWE No. 1 Contender’s Match

In this match, John Morrison overcame the King of the Ring Sheamus to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE championship.

Morrison has been getting a fair amount of attention lately and it was not too much of a surprise to see him come out on top.

Sheamus remains the King of the Ring and will most likely continue to wait on Triple H’s return.

The attention of all then shifted to a new question: Who would be the WWE Champion to face Morrison?

WWE Title Match

This was an entertaining match and once again, The Miz beat Randy Orton to retain the title; he did not do it alone though, as Alex Riley saved The Miz twice.

Also he cheated by trying to convince the referee that he had put Orton through a table, when in fact Orton had put Riley through for his interfering.

The official re-started the match and then in a short, heated rematch, The Miz pushed Riley into Orton, throwing him off the apron and onto a table.

It may seem a little repetitive to go over this, but the point is to show how Miz’s reign is constantly being tainted by victories which do not make him seem like a strong Champion.


What now?

I want to discuss three superstars here: The Miz, John Morrison and Randy Orton.

The Miz is no doubt hated by the WWE universe. One example of this is that at the announcement of the competitors for the WWE title, there were no cheers for Miz; in fact, it was very quiet.

Now this can mean two things.

One, WWE is doing a good job maintaining the hate for Miz by constantly allowing him to win in ways which make him seem weak.

He won the title by beating a man who had been assaulted by seven men; he retained against a retired wrestler (Jerry Lawler) with the help of a commentator, Michael Cole. Finally, we know what happened in the match against Orton at TLC.

This goes great with Miz’s character; he is no John Cena.

He does not have a conscience bothering him and will do whatever it takes to win. The bonus is that many continue to hate him and therefore want to see him every week to see when his reign comes to an end.

On the other hand, the reaction of the crowd was crucial—there did not seem to be a response if I dare say so (“Dashing” Cody Rhodes’ entrance got a bigger response).

I did not hear the amount of cheers or boos that I thought would come on the announcement of Miz. Now whether good or bad, a response from the crowd is what will make or break a superstar.

I think there needs to be some more work done on the character to get a bigger reaction from the crowd.

John Morrison has made an impression this year and has been steadily climbing up the ranks at WWE. The timing is really perfect.

For one thing, the fans are showing a great appreciation for the superstar.

Also as former tag team partners, The Miz vs. Morrison is a very interesting prospect. The two have had a history, both good and bad, and this will no doubt serve as a catalyst for the upcoming battles between the two.

Randy Orton is now without a title and is no longer the No. 1 contender. He is one of WWE’s top superstars and the crowd loves him. His success this year has been undeniable.

I do not see any problem for him seeing that his popularity does not depend on a title.

He is hot property, with or without a belt. I am not sure what lies in his immediate future character and storyline wise, but I am sure he will be back on the front lines soon enough.

He is entertaining and draws fans and money. What else can Vince ask for?

Perhaps we can have all three men in pursuit of the title. In fact, with John Cena taking care of the Nexus, who knows, maybe we can have four?

What are your thoughts?