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Randy Orton Is Perfect Holdover Opponent for Seth Rollins Before Cash-in Attempt

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2015

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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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins has the ability to cash in the Money in the Bank contract anytime he’d like, but he needs a marquee feud leading into WrestleMania 31 to capitalize on his success over the past year.

There is no better answer than a returning Randy Orton.

Orton has been off television since Rollins and The Authority brutally attacked him on the Nov. 3 episode of Raw, and the fans have been waiting patiently for his return. After filming a movie and reportedly recovering from nose surgery, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), the WWE Universe is ready to get Orton back.

What makes the matchup of Rollins and Orton perfect is that both men need a marquee storyline heading into WrestleMania. Orton is a 12-time world champion and should be billed as one of the top stars on the card. In the same vein, Rollins has been the top heel in the WWE over the last year, but he doesn’t currently have anything on the horizon for the biggest show.

Despite the fact that both Superstars stood beside each other as part of The Authority in the past, their tumultuous friendship is gone after Rollins and company beat down Orton at the behest of Triple H.

After The Viper became jealous of Rollins being dubbed the future face of the company and lost clean to Mr. Money in the Bank, he attacked Triple H and felt the wrath of The Authority’s beatdown. Since the attack on Orton, he hasn’t been seen or heard from on WWE television.

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Orton was in the midst of a full-blown face turn when The Authority injured him, and returning to thwart Rollins would be the perfect way to cement the character change for the fans who didn’t fully pick up on it as he was leaving. With Rollins as arguably the top heel in the company, Orton would be catapulted back to the main event scene as a fan favorite.

One aspect of the return that is going unnoticed is the impact it will have on when Rollins cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase. Rollins would be so tied up with the Orton onslaught that most wrestling fans would think a cash-in attempt would be put on hold.

The distraction Orton would cause as Rollins' nemesis—especially if the two men have a match earlier on the WrestleMania card—would throw the WWE Universe off the scent of the highly plausible cash-in attempt at the company's most important pay-per-view of the year.

The Money in the Bank briefcase has never been cashed in at WrestleMania, but Rollins has the potential to be the very first in 2015. Whether it’s Roman Reigns or Daniel Bryan beating Brock Lesnar in the main event, a Rollins cash-in attempt would also distract the fans from Lesnar’s loss and possible departure for MMA.

Another reason why Orton makes perfect sense in a temporary feud with Rollins is that he can move away from him immediately following their WrestleMania match. Orton’s problems mostly stem from Triple H and The Authority, so he can turn his attention to Kane, Big Show or even a new member of the heel stable during the build to Extreme Rules.

With both men desperately needing a marquee match at WrestleMania, Orton needing to cement his face turn by obtaining vengeance and Rollins needing a distraction for his cash-in attempt, the proposed feud between the present and future of the company is ideal for the WWE.

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