Survivor Series 2011: Randy Orton's Midcard Placement Falls at His Feet

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2011

Not too long ago, Randy Orton was one of the top superstars in the WWE. Now, he's just another name on the card.

Orton is slated in a Survivor Series-style match against Wade Barrett's team, and I couldn't be more unenthused with this matchup. This is the type of placement that the former WWE Champion has to sell to us to help get the younger, more raw Barrett over with the crowd. The only problem is that Orton simply can't do that.

There are few superstars who are more boring on the microphone than Orton, and his schtick as the WWE's "Apex Predator" has worn thin, and it's time for a shakeup with his character. Since he became a face, Orton has become stagnant, and his shortcomings on the microphone have become more and more evident.

It has been a while since Orton has sniffed title contention, and he doesn't have the same cache with fans that he used to. Survivor Series matches should be one of the most compelling things to watch because of the unique style and flow to them, and not one fan should be lukewarm about the prospect of watching one.

Yet, here we are, days away from one of the biggest events on the WWE calendar, and Orton, a top face in the company, can't get a match over with the crowd. His character may not be the best, but he has the type of cache to get over and sell things to fans.

John Cena has been doing that for years, simply because he knows how to make the best out of a bad situation.

Younger guys can't do that, but older, established superstars have no one to blame but themselves for why they aren't over at a certain point. It's time for a drastic shift if Orton's approach to his character and it's time for the creative team to reconsider how they approach a man who has a lot of in-ring talent.

It is time to take the microphone out of Orton's hands and allow his actions to do all of the talking needed to sell a match. Not too long ago, that's all he needed to sell pay-per-views, but somehow, he and the company have lost their way.