Seven years ago, Randy Orton began his first major face turn in the WWE. The Legend Killer was fresh off his first World Championship win. The win would not come without a consequence. Orton was ex-communicated from the Evolution stable. In the process, Orton received one of the most brutal beatings in WWE history.
Orton dropped the World Title to Triple H a few weeks later. The loss began a number of shortcomings for Orton from a loss to Undertaker at WrestleMania 21 to being pinned by Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 22. After a series of failed pushes, Orton finally struck gold when he began punting numerous superstars in the cranium.
From Shawn Michaels to Rob Van Dam, Orton was on a hot streak that eventually led to a feud with WWE Champion, John Cena. The feud eventually ended in Cena tearing his pectoral muscle and Orton winning the WWE Championship in two nights.
These events took place in 2007. Randy Orton was a one-time world champion at the time.
It’s 2011 and Randy Orton is an eight-time World Champion.
The Viper continued his heel run until WrestleMania 26. Since his face turn, Orton has been labeled the Anti-Cena. An over Superstar who doesn’t carry the qualities of a John Cena. Simply put, most consider Randy Orton the better or alternative to John Cena. Randy hasn’t lost a match cleanly since his face turn while his popularity has surged thanks to casual WWE Fans.
Hardcore WWE fans are rather indifferent to Orton. Most feel Orton has a number of flaws which can’t be ignored by the majority. Simply put, Orton is no John Cena.
Randy Orton isn’t main event material.
Here's some of the numerous reasons Randy Orton isn’t the star most think he is.