This seems to be the most likely outcome.
WWE has quickly gotten used to protecting Randy Orton as being invincibly hard to defeat cleanly, much like John Cena has been on Raw. So, it's not out of the question that Christian's somber sadness at the end of Smackdown last week is a sign that Captain Charisma will become a bitter, enraged, sore loser who will take his frustration, from losing his belt fair and square the week before, out on Randy Orton.
Despite the massive support Josh and Booker gave to Christian's 17-year wait for his chance to score the World Heavyweight Championship, this outcome will end up leading to the commentators throwing their support behind Orton, suddenly claiming that Orton won the belt fairly, the WWE Universe made the choice and that Christian basically has no right to be upset, ultimately throwing all the talk about his 17 years right out the window.
Truthfully, though, how much potential does Christian have as a heel at this point? Some fans claim he's great as a heel, but his time as a heel can basically be compared only to his best buddy, Edge.
Edge's most successful time as a solo wrestler can be seen during two periods:
1) As the massive heel known as "the Ultimate Opportunist," chasing after top tier titles in WWE and winning them no matter how many look-a-likes he had to pull out of the woodwork, no matter what consultants he had to get in bed with and no matter how many Money in the Bank contracts he needed to steal from other wrestlers.
2) As a massive babyface holder of the World Heavyweight Championship leading up to his retirement.
He took a cheating, cowardly legacy that was immensely hard to get away from and turned it into a fantastic way of leaving the company on the best terms possible.
Does Christian deserve that same send-off? Perhaps not exactly, but what would WWE really gain from turning him into the same cowardly, annoying, grating heel that every other heel in WWE is? He cuts decent promos as a heel, but as a contender, Heel Christian just looks foolish.
Like many have speculated, if Christian turns heel, Orton will either crush him decisively or Christian will cheat to take the title away and neither of those outcomes look good for either person involved.
Orton will come out looking like an ass for sitting comfortably atop his pedestal and not calling for Christian to get his chance in the sun, and one of Christian's last remaining chances at getting a respectable World Title reign will go up in smoke, all so Orton can have a weak opponent to annihilate.
It's fun when he looks to the Peeps in the crowd and gets cheers, because the crowd enjoys being "the Peeps." When he's a heel talking about the Peeps? It's depressing, ridiculous, silly and deserving of a release.
Yes, he turned such talk into gold in TNA, similar to how Family Guy ignited a cult following on the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network and even nurtured it a bit in WWECW, but Christian's had to go through a lot in order to get to the very position he's in now.
Whether because of Edge or not, he has the support of the fans as an underdog, battling against a rival that's been established as a main event draw for some years now. The Cinderella story of Christian's struggle for the title practically writes itself, especially in the wake of Tough Enough returning and contestants on the program getting eliminated hand over fist.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. There are few competitors left in WWE that can lay claim to such a journey along their career. There are few veteran competitors left in WWE that can tough it out at this point and struggle for a top tier championship and have it mean as much to them as it would mean to Christian.
You have guys like Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara, who are either too new to the company or aren't seen as main event contenders at all. You have guys like The Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H and Undertaker floating around in bits and pieces, who have all held top tier titles numerous times in their careers and couldn't need a new reign as champion any less.