The WWE Universe misses Randy Orton

WWE, Randy Orton (Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images)
WWE, Randy Orton (Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images) /

Randy Orton has a storied career in the WWE. Fans are waiting and hoping for a big return to the ring.

It has been more than a year since the WWE Universe saw Randy Orton in the ring. Speculation continues to run wild about whether he’s going to return or if his legendary career is over due to injury and surgery. Rumors continue to pop up that he is coming back with many pointing to ideas about new music and hints in other areas. Regardless of when that happens, one thing is clear, WWE misses The Viper.

Randy Orton is perhaps the best example of a WWE superstar. With 24 years of experience, he’s achieved nearly everything there is to accomplish in WWE. If there ever was an example of a “homegrown talent” Orton checks all the boxes. He went from a problematic young superstar to one that has seemingly changed his life behind the scenes, becoming one of the most endearing performers in the eyes of fans. If he is to make one last run in WWE, there are a lot of places where he could fit.

Of course, fans will immediately point to WWE Monday Night Raw, where several feuds are possible. Picture Orton taking on the likes of Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, GUNTHER, Matt Riddle, or even Finn Balor. Each one of those examples comes with some sort of basis to build from – with the history that Rhodes and Orton have together as the shining example. The best part is that Orton doesn’t have to play the straight babyface. It’s a role that he’s worked in the past, but an Orton that sits in the gray areas immediately becomes a more interesting character. If Rollins somehow makes it out of SummerSlam with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in tow, Orton will make a great opponent for him heading into the next big series of PLEs.

Then there’s SmackDown. Roman Reigns remains at the top of the ladder when it comes to all things in the men’s division. He and Jey Uso are heading for another chapter in The Bloodline angle at SummerSlam. Most think that Reigns will remain victorious, once again beating back a potential foil. What if Orton was the next man up leading into a major angle for the end of 2023 and early 2024?

The last time Orton and Reigns faced off in a singles match was back on May 4, 2015, nearly a decade ago. Orton has never defeated Reigns in a singles match. According to Cagematch, Roman’s defeated him 21 of 24 times with 3 no contests. Setting the stage that Orton is looking to conquer that hurdle before retiring would be an interesting story to tell. Orton’s seen all the tricks Reigns could possibly play, and it would be fun to see him on the other end of gaslighting for a change.

Randy Orton is set to be a multiple-time Hall of Famer when his career is over. While controversial, looking back at his run, he’s put together one of the best WWE careers possible. Fans want to see him come back and the WWE Universe misses him at a time when his presence could be a big moment for the surging company.

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