Death of Wrestling: Randy Orton – Mid Card Killer!
Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.
I’ve been meaning to write this column for a while and now seems like the perfect time. I remember around 2003/2004 Randy Orton was setting himself up as the Legend Killer. He was by far and wide one of my favourite wrestlers – from the RKO to the Golden Fountain firework entrance – he just had it. It was around that time that he had one of my favourite Foley matches of all time – the hardcore match at Backlash 2004. I used to joke that if I could come back as a White man then I’d want to be him…
Slowly, but surely, his career took a bit of a slide in to what became Randy Orton having feuds with mid-carders, which he would ultimately win that didn’t benefit him and certainly didn’t benefit the mid-carder. Kofi Kingston is probably the best example of this – I know there was a botch to an end of one of their matches that didn’t help Kofi’s case, but he is just one of many mid-card careers that stalled after a feud with Randy.
As the years kept progressing, the Randy Orton feuds disappeared and his character was more aimless than ever. 2012 especially was a year where Randy just seemed to have pointless one-off matches with people like Wade Barret and Antonio Cesaro where they would have stellar match-ups but ultimately Randy would just win. I started calling him Randy Orton: Mid Card Killer.
And then Money in the Bank 2013 rolled around and something amazing happened: Randy Orton won the MITB briefcase. Now it was amazing for one reason – nobody saw it coming. Everyone expected Daniel Bryan to win it, which we all knew meant he probably wouldn’t – the WWE likes to consider itself unpredictable! But of all the other likely winners, especially considering the direction of his career as of late, Randy Orton was at the bottom of my list.
What followed on Raw was a very familiar sight. Randy Orton had a match with another mid-carder. This time it was the turn of Fahn-Dahn-Goooo. And just like normal, they had a stellar match-up, but ultimately, Randy Orton won. Now I have a problem with the likes of Randy Orton beating the mid-carders and it’s simple: the decimation of the mid-card means the decimation of the future, which ultimately means the DoW.
But this time Randy Orton going over Fandango had a purpose – he’s the MITB briefcase holder and right now he is the future of the WWE and as a longtime fan of Mr RKO that’s okay with me. I just hope that he does cash in the briefcase, wins the ‘Big One’ and then continues his stellar match-ups with the mid-carders but this time for the WWE Championship!
That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…