Randy Orton is reportedly set to win over Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, as reported by Ringside News. Supposedly, the World Championship will be on the line too.
The report states that WWE wants Orton to win the championship to enhance his feud with Edge, which will resume when the Hall of Famer recovers from his recent injury. Edge got hurt during his last showdown with Orton at Backlash, which ended with both superstars tied on wins. A rubber match is expected to happen in the coming months.
The latest update also suggests that the SummerSlam match will become a reality. As The Inquisitr reported earlier this week, there have been rumors that the bout was going to happen. According to the reports, the fight might even be taped next week. It was reportedly set to be filmed earlier, but the company chose to hold off to extend McIntyre’s storyline with Dolph Ziggler.
Meltzer also believes that taking the belt off McIntyre — who won it from Brock Lesnar at this year’s WrestleMania — would be counterproductive. Orton is a 13-time World Champion and an established main eventer. McIntyre, meanwhile, is currently being built as a star of the future and a win over Orton could add more credibility to his reign.
However, Edge re-entering the feud with Orton with a championship on the line would create higher stakes for the rivalry. It also gives WWE an outlet for the veteran superstar to win gold for the first time in nine years, which would likely be a feel-good moment for fans.
It’s also worth noting that the company has kept quiet about how long the Hall of Famer will be sidelined due to injury. This suggests that they want his eventual return to be a surprise. However, he is supposed to return by the end of the year. Perhaps he’ll make an appearance at the pay-per-view and stop Orton from winning.
Orton winning opens up a world of interesting possibilities, as it also opens storyline doors for all three superstars to cross paths with each other. Orton has also been built as the top heel in the promotion in recent weeks, and the strength of his booking makes the rumored title showdown more difficult to predict.
McIntyre being built as a babyface also makes a confrontation with Orton inevitable at some point. Having them face each other at one of the biggest events of the year makes sense from a storyline perspective as well.