My Two Centsss - The Silver Lining On Orton's Golden Victory
By Super Chrisss
Jul 15, 2013 - 11:49:50 AM
(Credit: Tom Jenner @ImageBlownOut)
Hello there, world. What's good? We are twelve hours removed from what has become one of the best gimmick Pay-Per-Views of the calendar year - Money in the Bank - and the IWC is buzzin'. The general consensus seems to be that MitB was a good-very good show. It didn't quite live up to previous installments (in my opinion) as I much preferred the 2010, 2011, and 2012 shows, but last night's event was still one of the better PPVs of 2013 thus far.
I'm not going to review or recap the show, as my buddies Al, The Doc, and Hustle have all done an amazing job of doing so already. Instead, I'm going to discuss the main topic that has the majority of the internet in a rage. Something that has caused people within the past twelve hours to go on Twitter rants, threaten to 'quit' the WWE, try and make an attempt on Vince mCMahon's life; you name it. Obviously, I'm talking about Randy Orton winning the All-Star MitB match, and not Daniel Bryan.
Look, I understand why people are so upset. For weeks, it looked like WWE was setting up D-Bryan for the big victory last night by giving him victories over top names like Sheamus and Randy Orton. They even had Bryan close out RAW last Monday literally standing tall over everyone else. But, it was all a red herring. The guy who had arguably the least momentum (unless you count Christian, who's just in a sorry state of affairs right now) going into yesterday's PPV ended up retrieving the red briefcase to close out the show. Honestly, Orton's victory did not shock me. I predicted it my MitB preview column, and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
For starters, as soon as Damien Sandow shocked the world by turning on his 'best friend' Cody Rhodes to win the first MitB ladder match of the night, Orton should have automatically become the favourite to win his ladder match. Since the PPV's inception in 2010, one ladder match would be won by an IWC favourite, while the second would be won by someone who the company wants to push, regardless of their standing with the smarkier fanbase. Don't believe me? Take a look...
-2010: Kane won the SmackDown ladder match; The Miz won RAW's match. Believe it or not, there was a time when Miz was adored by a large portion of the IWC and many people were clamoring for The Awesome One to win a world title. What a difference three years can make, huh?
-2011: Alberto del Rio won the RAW ladder match; Daniel Bryan won the blue briefcase. I don't think you need me to tell you who the IWC was rooting for back then, as people hate Del Rio even more now, and Bryan is even more loved.
-2012: John Cena gets red money; Dolph Ziggler goes blue. Again, if you need me to tell you which one of those two wrestlers the IWC hates and which one they love, you've probably been living on Mars for the past decade.
-2013: Damien Sandow wins the Future-Stars MitB; Randy Orton wins the All-Stars MitB. Need I say more?
Now, if someone like Fandango or Jack Swagger won MitB instead of Sandow last night, there's a chance they would have gone with an IWC favourite like Bryan or Punk instead of Orton, at least based on history alone. But alas D-Bryan fans, it was not meant to be for the ever-lovable Goatface - at least not yet. Don't you worry though, because Orton's victory could turn out to be a good thing for everyone, as long as the company plays their cards right. Allow me to explain.
Why it's a good thing for Orton: The man hasn't been a champion since September 2011. Not just a world champion, but any champion, period. Twenty-two months is a really long time for someone who's supposed to be one of your top guys to experience that kind of drought. Not only that, he's the only one of "The Big Four" (as I like to call Orton, Cena, Punk, and Bryan) who has never won a MitB ladder match before. When you consider how Cena is the current WWE Champion, Punk has firmly established himself as a main-eventer, and Bryan is so over he doesn't need the briefcase, now was probably the best time to give Orton that elusive - and important - victory. Better yet, I think carrying the MitB briefcase with all an interesting layer to Orton's character, something unpredictable. Something we haven't seen since his days as The Legend Killer.
Why it's a good thing for Daniel Bryan: I have a question: would you rather see Bryan finally capture the WWE Championship he's worked so hard for via MitB? Or would you rather see him win a number one contender's match and capture the title in a clean, fair match? I would definitely prefer the latter. In my opinion, Bryan is so over with the fans right now and has been featured so prominently at the top of the card in recent months, that he didn't need to win the briefcase in the first place. I know a lot of people are worrying and dreading Bryan will feud with Curtis Axel the next few weeks (rather than his heavily rumoured and anticipated match with John Cena in August), but honestly, I think Bryan will have a match with Axel on either RAW or SmackDown and then move on to Cena at SummerSlam. A lot of people are pissed Mark Henry tapped out last night (and rightfully so), but it pretty much guarantees Henry won't get a rematch next month. With Punk and Lesnar scheduled to feud, Ziggler and Del Rio likely getting a final match, and Ryback struggling to retain any credibility, it opens up the playfield for Cena vs. Bryan at SummerSlam.
Why it's a good thing for the fans: Because sooner or later, Orton will finally, finally, FINALLY turn heel. People have been begging the company to turn Orton heel for quite some time, and being Mr. Money in the Bank is the easiest way to do so. It turned Punk heel back in 2009. It turned Kane heel in 2010. It turned Bryan heel in 2011/2012. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict Orton turns heel before even cashing in the contract. I'm also going to predict Orton vs. RVD at SummerSlam. Considering the matches they've had in the past, that would be a very good thing for the fans. But most of all, Orton carrying the briefcase around will create an aura of unpredictability. It's not often that a top star, former multiple-time WWE Champion, has a briefcase at his disposal that could change everything in a matter of minutes. I was disappointed when Cena cashed in his briefcase so early last summer because not only was it different seeing a non-midcarder walking around with a guaranteed title shot, but it also boosted the prestige of the MitB contract. Like I said earlier, becoming Mr. MitB could end up being the most interesting thing to happen to Orton in a long, long time.
One last thing - for those of you who are complaining about a Cena/Orton rivalry revisited, I wouldn't hold my breath. Cena won't be the WWE Champion forever, and there's a good chance someone else will be champion by the time The Viper decides to cash in.
Maybe Orton will end up cashing in MitB on someone who is even more over than John Cena...
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