Randy Orton is one of the greatest stars in WWE history, and he has compiled some great stories and even better matches over the course of his 13-year WWE run, a run that includes 13 World Championships. But while John Cena thrives in big storylines on Raw involving Roman Reigns, Orton feels like a major afterthought on a struggling Smackdown Live program. He is still certainly respected by the fans and fellow performers alike, but ever since his split from The Authority on Monday Night Raw, he has just been off. That culminated with a terrible match with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania, and it has some questioning his future as a top star in the WWE.
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One of the biggest problems with Orton lately is his positioning as a babyface, as he has historically been a much more interesting and engaging character when he plays a heel, and it now seems that it’s not only the fans who notice it but Orton himself. While talking to WWE Legends Edge and Christian on their podcast (which you should definitely check out), Orton made the comment that he’s “sick of this baby face thing, that’s for sure”, and while most fans have been feeling that way for quite some time, it’s crazy to see Orton being so blunt about it himself.
With Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Tye Dillinger, Shinsuke Nakamura and potentially Rusev (double-turn anyone?) on the babyface side on Smackdown Live, Orton needs to return to his heel roots, because he is just simply captivating when he is given freedom as a bad guy. An Orton vs. any of those baby face feuds are definitely fresh, so the idea would certainly help everyone involved, but the WWE seems too scared to make any big changes on Smackdown Live at the moment. So what do you make of The Viper’s comments? Do you think he should return to being a heel, are you enjoying his work as a babyface or are you just over Orton at this point? Let us know in the comments below.