Randy Orton’s 14th world title reign in WWE was a transitional one.
Dear WWE Creative Team,
Before you get defensive after reading the title of this week’s letter, hear me out. I’ve seen the reactions on Twitter, I’ve seen the social media rants after the conclusion to this week’s Monday Night RAW.
Why would did the WWE have Randy Orton strip Drew McIntyre of his WWE Championship at the Hell in a Cell (HIAC) pay-per-view, only to have the Scottish Psychopath regain said title this week?
Was it to tack on yet another championship reign Orton? Was it because you realized that Orton versus Roman Reigns at Survivor Series may have been a dud of a match, and Drew versus Reigns seems more enticing? Is it because you simply have zero strategies when it comes to building programs and PPVs that you are just going by the fly?
You know what? Whatever the reason is, I’m here to say: it’s okay. I’m going to go against (perhaps) the popular opinion and state I was – and am – completely fine with everything that went down before HIAC, and everything that has gone down since.
Here’s the thing, WWE Creative. The Orton and McIntyre program has been solid. Their match at HIAC was entertaining. Now, was it the best match ever, or even of the year? Well, no, but I enjoyed it. I also enjoy a nice swerve now and again, so Orton defeating McIntyre some weeks back was both surprising to me and welcomed. While I would’ve liked Randy’s 15th WWE Championship reign to be a little lengthier, I’m okay with it. I’m also okay if he hits the number 16th spot someday and ties John Cena and Ric Flair. I’ll go one step further and say, if he ever supersedes these two, I’m fine with that. Even with simple paper reigns.
Well, Randy Orton has been a VIP player in 2020. During a time when many fans have struggled to watch WWE, he continually gives us reasons to tune in. He’s a great face, but an even better heel. He’s created a legacy in that squared circle and deserves to hit legendary and record-breaking milestones in WWE history. Moreover, this year alone, he has had memorable matches, programs, and promos. Randy Orton is one of the greatest of all time, and this year, he’s on the top of his game. If that’s even possible considering what he’s done in the ring over the years. Still, 2020 was a nice reminder as to why Orton is a cut above the rest, and truly a future WWE Hall of Famer.
Moreover, I’m completely okay with Drew being the new WWE Champion. He’s entertaining, and he deserves the spotlight he’s been given. Plus, I’m looking forward to Roman versus Drew this Sunday. The match is sure to elevate both superstars and place more heat on Reigns while propping up McIntyre as a top face.
Plus (as I mentioned above), I love a good swerve. Despite an “okay” RAW, I stayed tuned in for the match. I was completely curious all of Monday Night on who would come on top, and if Survivor Series plans would change. Sorry to bring up bad vibes, considering this letter is a kudos of sorts; however, SS buildup hasn’t been the best, so this last-minute change in the card does add to the hype.
What will happen on Sunday? Hard to tell, but a Miz cash in that night – on either Reigns or Drew – would interesting (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).
Until next week, WWE Creative!