Randy Orton: The Viper Needs to Turn Heel on Sheamus

Sebastian Maldonado@https://twitter.com/#!/SebastianTSUFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Randy Orton has to turn heel on Sheamus. No, he MUST turn heel on Sheamus.

The Viper seems poised for a new but familiar direction in his career. His turn as a face has officially drawn thin. Now’s the time for Orton to become a heel once again.

The WWE planted the seeds on SmackDown two weeks ago, when Sheamus was about to hit the Brogue Kick on Antonio Cesaro in a tag match. Sheamus teamed with Orton, while Cesaro teamed with The Big Show. Before Sheamus hit the kick, Orton slid into the ring and hit the RKO on Cesaro. Sheamus reluctantly made the cover for the victory.

Granted, earlier that night, both men announced they were entering the Royal Rumble. The tag match hyped the prestigious rumble match with two of the WWE’s established main-eventers.

They’ve tussled before, with Sheamus as the heel and Orton well into his face role. Their 2010 feud resulted in physical ongoing bouts lasting from August to October. They then battled last year, both as good guys. The bouts were still physical, but there wasn’t a story there. It was only a professional rivalry around the WWE title and not around the Superstars.

Turning Orton heel can bring the WWE new storylines with these two assuming familiar roles. Sheamus is well into his face run and a fan favorite. He needs someone in the long haul who can test him, as Big Show surprisingly did a few months ago. Randy Orton can be that answer.

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Orton’s masterful heel run evolved from his days as the Legend Killer. He came a long way, becoming the Viper, creating a slight transition after returning in 2008. Orton rose to prominence not only by forming Legacy, but by targeting the McMahons. This showed the first stages of the Viper. Along the way, what followed was a fantastic heel run, defeating Triple H, Batista and John Cena.

In fact, his Viper gimmick started gaining fans in the audience, which developed into Orton’s face turn in the first place.

Orton can’t turn heel on just anyone. He needs to turn heel on one of the best faces today. He could turn on Cena, but everyone’s seen those same matches already. They were entertaining, but keeping these contenders away only benefits the roster.

Orton’s potential heel turn can bring new stories into the picture. A new story can be told with Orton and The Miz. A feud with new World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio can likewise benefit as well as Miz could. Another strong possibility for a feud would be Orton against Daniel Bryan. Imagine the stories that would evolve in due time.

Why should Orton turn on Sheamus? Sheamus is the biggest face on SmackDown right now. SmackDown needs a long-term feud to keep fans tuning in every Friday night.

Orton and Sheamus—that’s their answer.