The bookies were right. Randy Orton won the 30th annual Royal Rumble to secure his place at WrestleMania.
Except…Randy Orton was always going to be at WrestleMania. He’s Randy Orton. The Viper. The Legend-Killer. The Evolution of the Legacy. His place on the big stage is assured.
But he’s a safe choice – and when it came down to the final two, with Roman Reigns the other man still standing, an Orton win was the only way to assure cheers rather than boos as the show went off the air.
Something else that would have assured cheers would have been a more exciting, more interesting choice for the winner – somebody who’s not already guaranteed a shot at the year’s biggest show. Read the rest of this entry »
So Evolution have returned, ten years on from their original incarnation.
Of course, the original idea was that the quartet embodied the best of the past, present and future of professional wrestling – but a decade later, they’ve all stepped up a generation. If Triple H is Ric Flair, Batista is Triple H, and Randy Orton is Batista, then who’s going to be Randy Orton – the new blood who can blaze a trail in the industry?
Tonight I headed back down the Jubilee line to the O2 Arena, courtesy of the WWE’s very nice PR firm, and took my complimentary seat to witness what looks like it’ll be a pretty good Smackdown. (They also taped Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, but we in the UK will never get to see them, so it doesn’t really count.) Again, spoilers… Read the rest of this entry »
I wasn’t going to stay up to watch Wrestlemania (and indeed I went to sleep long before the end), but I was delighted to see that the first match (not counting the sadly predictable and depressing pre-show) was Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton v The Shield.
Word on the street is that when Randy Orton got suspended for his second wellness violation, two other superstars tested positive as well.
Whether there are more suspensions to be announced, I don’t know, but I’m fascinated by the part of the story that says one of the wrestlers produced a valid prescription for the medication he was taking.
One has to ask – if the WWE has a wellness policy that is concerned with its talent’s health, why do they not know when they’re on strong, potentially performance or behaviour-altering medication? Read the rest of this entry »
It claimed that Vince McMahon is angry with Randy Orton for his “outspoken indifference” to his second suspension for a wellness violation.
Apparently Orton was suspended as soon as possible after the results came through, so that he’d be back in time for SummerSlam, but “something happened” shortly afterwards, and now Vince isn’t all that fussed about him returning any time soon at all.
Not a good year for the varnished-teak marionette puppet, after losing his role in the Marine sequel to the Miz, who has no history of dishonourable military discharges.