Randy Orton Turning Heel?, My Thoughts On John Laurinaitis, Lashley's WWE Departure, Chris Jericho After CM Punk

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With Randy Orton hitting Sheamus with the RKO after their loss on Monday's Raw Supershow is this an indication he is turning heel?

WWE had Randy Orton hit Sheamus with the RKO to put him in the title match at Over the Limit with Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho. I also wondered about a heel turn when Orton hit his finisher on Sheamus but immediate plans for the future of Orton's character are unknown. One thing about Orton is that he has never been an all-out babyface as he also works the "dark viper" persona. The future of Orton's character will become clearer as the build to Over the Limit progresses but I am happy to see Orton challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship.

What are your thoughts on the on-screen persona of John Laurinaitis?

Vince McMahon is very happy with how much heat the John Laurinaitis character generates but I do not find the gimmick entertaining. It's one thing for someone to generate heat because they are playing their role so well (as is the case with someone like Chris Jericho or Alberto Del Rio) but it's another when people legitimately cannot stand the worker's gimmick (as is the case with someone like Michael Cole, Lord Tensai or Laurinaitis). The Laurinaitis character is nothing new and is reminiscent of the days of Vince McMahon and his "stooges" but it hasn't been as effective.

Why did Bobby Lashley leave WWE originally?

Bobby Lashley left WWE basically in protest over the way the company released his girlfriend Kristal Marshall. Lashley didn't see eye-to-eye with many of the higher-ups and decided to pursue outside interests. As I noted earlier this week, he had the chance to really up his value with success in MMA but unfortunately that hasn't happened.

Since returning to WWE, Chris Jericho has had a number of WWE Championship matches against CM Punk and I expected Punk to retain the title the first few times but to see Jericho not even have one title run during this feud was intriguing. Do you feel Jericho was overlooked in what was otherwise a good battle?

Chris Jericho and CM Punk had some great bouts but I don't like how Jericho came out of the feud. One of the things that intrigued Jericho about returning to WWE was the opportunity to work with Punk but I can't help but feel he looked weak after going under in their program. This is why I was in favor of Jericho pinning Sheamus on Raw Supershow this past Monday because it was important for him to go over. It's not that I do not like Punk as champion, I clearly feel Punk is a top guy, but it's tough when a guy makes a highly anticipated return only to go under.

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