Triple H Vs Randy Orton...Passing the Torch at Wrestlemania 25?

Ste EccCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

After "The punt heard around the world" to Triple H's father-in-law Vince McMahon, and another punt to Triple H's brother-in-law Shane McMahon, Randy Orton finally crossed the line when he "put his hands on" Triple H's wife, Stephanie.

A vicious RKO seems to have taken Steph out of the picture for a few weeks after Vicki Guerrero's announcement on Monday that she is the interim general manager of Raw.

The look on Triple H's face told us exactly what was going to happen as he arrived in the ring seconds after the incident, and sure enough, last night Raw ended with Triple H chasing Orton and Legacy through the backstage area with a sledgehammer.

Now, I don't think I'm going completely out on a limb here by suggesting that this is all leading to Triple H facing Orton for the WWE title at the Grand-daddy of Them All, Wrestlemania 25.

I also think that there is a good chance that this could be some kind of no-dq matchup, perhaps a Last Man Standing match (I'm aware they already did this at One Night Stand last year, but that was cut short when Orton broke his collar bone), or some other type.

Now in my opinion this would be an incredible chance for the WWE to pass the torch from the seasoned veteran who is an absolute certainty for a future Hall-of-Famer, to the best wrestler (and character) in the WWE at the moment.

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Triple H is, has been, and will be again, an incredible champion. He is fast closing in on Ric Flair's 16 world titles (which I expect him to surpass), he is right up there at the top of the pile and has been for years, and most of all, he has the look, character, mic skills, and in-ring ability to be a stand-out champion for a long time to come.

Randy Orton however, is the best thing that has happened to the WWE for years. He is, quite simply, the best they have. His mic skills are top draw, his character is exciting and unpredictable, his look is incredible, and his wrestling and move-set is arguably the best in the company.

This all combines to make him the ultimate heel, and the heel that will sell masses of merchandise for the company just because he is that damn good.

The biggest factor that I would suggest could have him get a comprehensive victory over The Game at Wrestlemania though, is his youth. Randy Orton could carry the WWE for years to come. He is only 28, despite the fact he debuted seven years ago in 2002.

This could be a defining moment both for Orton and for the WWE. This could be as big as Austin's King of the Ring win. It could be as defining a moment as THAT Stone Cold Stunner to Vince McMahon. It could be the beginning of The Age of Orton.

However, despite all of these reasons for Randy Orton to defeat Triple H at WM25, I don't think it will happen.

Firstly, Triple H hasn't won at Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 19, and that's a long time for the WWE's 'top star' to go without a win at the biggest event of the year.

Secondly, the WWE title has changed hands at every pay-per view since Survivor Series. That's four in a row, which I can't remember ever happening before. I can't see the WWE causing a fifth straight title change, when many people already feel the title is being devalued by what is being perceived as the lack of a strong champion.

Third, if Orton wins, that means a massive heel win at 'Mania. On the day when WWE will be pulling out all the stops to make this the biggest and best Wrestlemania so far, I can't see such a huge face in Triple H losing his title in what I think is likely to be the main event. (I can definitely see Wrestlemania 25's closing shot being of Triple H stood on the turnbuckle title held aloft.)

Lastly, there is no way Vince McMahon and family are not going to be at Wrestlemania 25. 'Mania is Vince's brainchild, his legacy that will carry his name into wrestling folklore long after his death. I can't help but think the McMahon's are going to have some form of impact on the result of this match, and unless they hit us with a massive shock, I can't see them helping out Randy Orton.

I'm interested to know what everyone else thinks about this. I see Orton vs Triple H at Wrestlemania 25 as having the potential to be an incredible match up whatever the result, and honestly, I would be reasonably happy with either result.

Orton is my favourite wrestler at the moment, but Triple H is right up there with Undertaker, The Rock, and Stone Cold in my all-time favourites.

I find the result difficult to call, but due to the reasons above I'm going with Triple H to win. I would however, like to see Wrestlemania 25 usher in the Age of Orton, so I'm torn as to what's going to happen.

This whole article assumes that Orton will face Triple H for the title at Mania of course, and that's not a confirmed match up yet, but all the signs so far point towards it so I feel justified in writing it.

Let me know your thoughts on what you think will happen, and what you'd like to happen on the grandest stage of them all.