Randy Orton is apparently feeling the wear and tear from being on the road so often, and his new WWE contract will have the Viper slithering away from a full-time commitment. Fortunately, fans of the Legend Killer will be happy that Orton will not become a part-timer like Brock Lesnar or The Rock.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Brock Lesnar’s absence from RAW, SmackDown, and the remaining WWE PPV events in 2014 has apparently become so noticeable that it’s rumored the WWE is having Paul Heyman shut up so he won’t draw so much attention to that fact. Rumors also claim the WWE is planning to turn Randy Orton babyface for the coming WrestleMania 31 season, which has some fans complaining Orton is receiving the CM Punk treatment. Similar complaints have been made about turning Bray Wyatt babyface, never mind the Wyatt family split.
There are two ways to look at the new Randy Orton WWE contract. In the past, it’s been rumored he does not like the direction the WWE is taking his character, and the reduction in his schedule is his reaction to management. The babyface angle assumes Randy Orton will turn face in the early part of 2015, and will start feuding with Seth Rollins. Still, that’s a far better place to be in comparison to being Roman Reigns’ waterboy.
The other possibility is that the 34-year-old is simply working less days since he’s already made his mark as the youngest WWE world champion, wracking up an impressive record of holding that title 12 times. The latter viewpoint would assume he’s simply stepping down a notch so he can last longer over the duration of his career. After all, he’s not too far behind in age behind John Cena, and the official WWE.com website is already predicting the face of the WWE will stop wrestling to become a Monday Night RAW manager within five years.
In any case, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting Orton will only be working the first week of next month’s European tour. His appearances will mostly be limited in regards to WWE house shows, and he’ll no longer have to spend all his time on the WWE bus. According to Lords Of Pain, this is what Orton’s schedule will look like.
“Orton vs. Dean Ambrose will be the main event of their leg of the tour that first week. Second week matches on that tour include Ambrose vs. Kane, Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt and The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler. The other part of the tour has John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Rusev vs. Big Show and Cesaro vs. Sheamus.”
What do you think about Randy Orton going babyface?