IWC is WRONG: Randy Orton
The online wrestling community is such an odd ensemble. I will fully admit I’m part of the community, so at no point do I wish you to exclude me from the company of readers. As a main page columnist (and the best one, I must say) I earned my spot here by sharing my thoughts with many of you for years in various forms. Unlike most columnists, I was asked specifically by the webmaster to contribute to the main page. I would like to think this is because I tend to offer an outsider’s point of view more often than not (excluding my HHH or Taker rants).
It’s very easy to fall in line with a singular line of thinking about any subject when there’s a consistent line of rants about said subject. You hear the negative side of a story for long enough, you will learn to identify with it. It’s not a perfect science, but it’s a logical leap for many to take. A similar situation is that the longer someone is in the spotlight, or receiving special treatment/attention, the stronger the backlash will be against that performer.
The reverse is also a standard, where the longer a performer is ignored, the stronger the demand for their success.
Like I said, IWC is an odd ensemble.
With that being said, I’d like to cover some common misconceptions by the IWC, and today will be my first attempt at what I hope becomes a series of topics. This isn’t an attack on everyone who reads this, but rather an argument against most of the popular IWC beliefs. I want to highlight the times IWC think their opinion is much stronger and more important than the casual fans, but in fact is in the minority and just plain fucking wrong.
I cannot get over the amount of hatred towards Randy Orton that is still found in 2012. While I won’t deny that the ever so believable news has painted Orton in a negative light, it’s been a long time since those news reports seemed to dissipate. Even if we chose to judge wrestlers by their backstage non wrestling lives, it seems harsh that we held the purse pooping against Orton over 5 years later. Especially when you consider how he did not win the World or WWE titles during those trying times. It really seems obvious that WWE refused to encourage this behavior, with suspensions and dropping him down the card on several occasions. His attitude has seemingly improved and matured since settling down, and his success in the main event has been steady since that era.
Yet, we still hear the common complaint that he doesn’t help or care for anybody but himself. Now, I will pretend that these people know better about whether or not he controls 100% of his character, and who he defeats and loses to. If we judge him solely on his 2011 run, he’s definitely one of the best in terms of elevating his opponents.
NOW, if anyone claims that the only way to get an opponent over is to lose clean to them, I want to slap you in the face with a big floppy donkey dick. You are as wrong as can be. If that was the case, there wouldn’t have been such a big deal made out of Undertaker shaking Jeff Hardy’s hand after their Raw ladder match in 2002. Undertaker won and retained the championship, but gave a public display to get Hardy over, and it worked. There are several ways to help get an opponent over.
Orton has displayed this in multitudes over 2011. The biggest example is Mark Henry. By losing to him 2 months straight for the World Heavyweight Championship, Randy Orton made Mark Henry look like an absolute beast. His next angle was with Cody Rhodes. Rhodes had the successful angle with Rey Mysterio, but was stagnant since that time. His only PPV appearances were filler in the Money in the Bank match, and a forced IC defense at Night of Champions. Then, he took on Orton in a losing effort, and he’s been a prominent name on Smackdown since. Same with Wade Barrett today. Barrett took a dramatic fall down the card since losing the IC title, yet was one of the top 4 contenders to win the Rumble from the work with Orton. And the best example is Christian. While I was not looking forward to a Christian heel turn after winning the World Title, everyone made the best of it with the angle feuding with Orton. Randy came out on top several times, but Christian went from an underdog who finally won the gold but wouldn’t hold it for long, to a consistent main event player. It takes a special kind of ignorance to deny this. If anything damaged Christian’s credibility, it was losing to Sheamus, not the work with Orton. If anyone was buried by Orton in 2011, it was CM Punk.
And the final argument is the overall performance. 2011 proved to be Orton’s best year in terms of wrestling quality. With any of the opponents I just mentioned, Orton has delivered above average matches. He’s consistent, something that can’t be said of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (my favorite wrestlers today). He’s dependable, he’s versatile. There’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to Randy Orton. His successful face run of 2010-present could open the door to a great face vs face match with Cena soon enough (maybe Summerslam or Wrestlemania 29?), or a heel turn that would allow him to be evil again. With the Cena train slowly coming to a stop, Orton has proved himself the next in line, due to his experience. Once Punk has success in the main event for 2-3 years, he’ll be included then too. But at this point, Orton is the 2nd best weapon in the WWE arsenal.
I received flack for this column from a direction I wasn’t expecting. While I took what I thought was a controversial topic in the online hatred of Orton, the replies were based on my personal claim and belief that I’m the best columnist on LOP. While I never imagined many would agree, I also never imagined that my confidence would be the reason for replying. I gave an entire column pointing out inaccuracies in the argument against Randy Orton, and instead of countering said argument, replies were saying I wasn’t the best like I claim. I wonder if the same people laugh when an athlete claims to be the best before they compete? I have confidence in my skills, and I do believe I’m the best writer. It isn’t about ego, or being arrogant. It’s just that I like my style of writing, I like my conversational skills, and I like how I get people to think and reply with great feedback. If someone did that on the main page, they’d be the best, in my opinion. But that’s something I feel the MP was lacking, and that’s what I aim to deliver.
I don’t claim that I’ll be everyone’s favorite, nor will I be the most popular. But much like the Oscars are not given to the most popular blockbusters, I’ll believe that my presentation is the best the LOP has to offer. If we, as columnists, did not believe we were the best, I’d wonder why I’d read anything? Why read someone who thinks that they suck compared to someone else? If columnist A feels B is better, I’ll skip A and go to B.
So, I encourage everyone to read my columns and write replies based on the topics I discuss. But if my strong convictions that I am the best columnist LOP bothers you so much, than maybe it is better that you don’t read. If I have an ego, it’s not shrinking or changing anytime soon. There’s a lot of good writing on LOP, but I’ll always believe I present the best material. It’s up to you to decide for yourselves.
By the way, the fact that a bunch of people who apparently hate me are reading my work (along with flaming and being disrespectful in general) is all the proof I need that I’m doing it right. Keep reading and posting, whether you enjoy or hate, it all puts a smile on my face.
As for the comparison to Tito, it isn’t that controversy creates cash, but I can’t take the hate/criticism seriously. You have to read my column to be able to find something to complain about. And even if you only read a paragraph and judge my whole work on that section, something about my writing told you that it would be worth your time to click on my new column. There’s nothing to convince me that these people think “This guy sucks, let’s read it and bitch.” If people are honestly doing this, than they have to find something else to do with their time. I suggest you go troll some place much larger than LOP, like memebase. At least the trolling on there is funny.
It’s not about rising above the hate, but rather the hate is unfounded. I feel like Howard Stern, people tune in even though they don’t like me. Sounds like success to me. For the record, I read Hustle’s work the most, he’s a great columnist. I think mizfan is amazing, but he’s only posted once on the main page. Chriss has improved greatly, and has some good work also. Ro is tremendous, and I love his ROH coverage. And I’ll miss Oni. Lots of great stuff on LOP.
I just feel that The PEN15 Mightier is the best.
And on that note, peace out.
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