Before I go into my editorial post I would like to introduce myself to the audience. My name is Daniel and I have been a professional wrestling fan since around the Attitude Era. I grew up watching WCW and my first wrestling favorite was Bill Goldberg.
I’ve seen a lot of things as a fan and I’m excited about The Wrestle Lariat project; It’s designed to be a voice for professional wrestling fans. No, it’s not like a forum or message board where you post on anything. This website is designed to be an editorial website designed to talk about wrestling past, future, and present. It’s a website where you can, eloquently, talk about the business and give your views to the masses. I hope you enjoy, but it’s time for me to write and express what this website truly is about.
Why the change?
There will be a 30 man battle royal on the February 21st episode of Smackdown Live! which will announce the new number 1 contender for the WWE championship to face, presumably, Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33. The match was made, on Talking Smack, by General Manager Daniel Bryan after Randy Orton refused to fight Bray Wyatt for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 33.
I’m puzzled by the shifty decision making on big programs leading toward WrestleMania. I think the WWE missed out on a prime storyline opportunity with Orton fighting this urge to face Bray Wyatt while battling the voices in his head urging him to go for the gold. That’s just me though, but I am curious on why WWE creative would have Randy Orton win the Royal Rumble only to have him drop his title shot a month later?
The things that run into my mind are: Is Randy Orton injured again? Did WWE pay him back for the time he was not in the main event scene by having him win the Royal Rumble? Was Orton a last ditch decision because Finn Balor was not healthy enough to be the 30th and final entrant in the Royal Rumble? I don’t believe any of those questions will reveal the answer, but I think it’s something else: Vince McMahon was confused, once again, on the direction he wanted to go and changed his mind on what he wanted Orton and Wyatt to do at WrestleMania.
I’m confused on what went into the creative room on why they would bail out on a storyline that, if done right, could’ve been a nice face turn for Randy Orton. Randy is extremely over of late and it’s because of the metamorphosis and evolution of his character and gimmick. They’ve masked his deficient mic work with a new edge to his gimmick. Could it be that the WWE creative team was afraid that this would change by turning face? If that’s true, I disagree with that narrative; This is a change that should give him an edge as both a face and heel. He’s the proverbial lovable neutral like Austin.
In conclusion, I think the WWE made a mistake by not letting Orton face Bray Wyatt for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 33. I’m sure we’ll get Super Cena to come to the rescue, win the 30 man battle royal, and pass Ric Flair in the record book for a 17th World championship win. Sorry for the spoiler, but we all know this was the path the WWE wanted.
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