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Randy Orton: The Legend Killer?

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Something that writers often write about is their start with wrestling. How they got introduced, what company, favorite superstars, etc. All of those questions are eventually answered. To be honest, Randy Orton was my first favorite wrestler. 

As many people know, I started watching wrestling around the time when The Nexus debuted. After that, I remember watching the Raw in November 2010 when The Miz beat Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship. The crowd obviously hated The Miz, which then showed me that Orton was the fan's hero, the one the fans cheered for every week. I began to pay more attention to wrestling in 2011. I went to my first wrestling event, which was Monday Night Raw in March in Orton's hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Orton was scheduled to face Mason Ryan. Orton received a huge pop from the crowd, of course, when he came out for his match. Randy went on to beat Ryan. It was pretty cool to see the hometown hero get a win, but that wasn't the last we would see of him.

The best part of the night came after the TV taping was over. Randy Orton was going to team up with Triple H to face CM Punk and the newly-crowned United States Champion Sheamus in a dark match. I still remember it being a good match, with Orton and Triple H getting the win to send the crowd home happy. Nearly twenty days later, I watched my first pay-per-view, WrestleMania 27. During that event, Orton picked up a win over his rival, CM Punk. This win officially made me a fan after watching the incredible RKO at the end of the match.

Things got even more interesting a few weeks later when Orton was drafted to SmackDown and he won the World Heavyweight Championship in the same week! I continued to be a big fan of Randy Orton until the summer of 2012. When I had read about his Wellness Policy suspension, I was crushed. Seeing my "childhood hero" get in trouble like that left me disappointed. After that, I never liked Orton the same as when he caught my attention in 2011.

Over the last several months, I have found that many fans don't care about Randy Orton anymore. Not only that, but Orton has hit a rough patch in his career lately. The third-generation superstar received a big push in late 2013 when he won the WWE Championship. Just a few months later at TLC, Orton picked up the World Heavyweight Championship as well. Orton's last pay-per-view win was in February at Elimination Chamber. Does anyone else see a problem here? Randy has spent most of this year putting over Roman Reigns and The Shield, Daniel Bryan, and ultimately, John Cena.

Orton is in need of a serious character change. So how does one go about fixing this? As seen on SmackDown two weeks ago, Orton attacked Rob Van Dam. This may sound crazy, but it sparked something for me. It made me care about Randy Orton again. Just like that, my interest in The Viper had returned. And now I'm writing about it! So my ultimate suggestion for WWE is a simple one: bring back The Legend Killer.

Now if you look at the legends that are around now compared to when Orton debuted this gimmick, there is a difference, but I think it could work. RVD can be considered the first legend to be taken out by the killer. Here's a list of potential victims for Orton: Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Batista, JBL, Jerry Lawler, Zeb Colter, Big Show, Mark Henry, and Shawn Michaels. When I originally wrote this on paper, I had Chris Jericho featured in that list. Tonight on Raw, Randy Orton will be a guest on Jericho's Highlight Reel. This is the perfect set up for a feud between the two and a match at Night of Champions. Well there's the plans for this month, but what about the future? Why am I suggesting Orton go back to The Legend Killer gimmick? This is all in a master scheme for Randy Orton to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.

The Viper doesn't have to be a clear heel or babyface for this match against Lesnar. If I were booking things, I would set up a big three-way match to determine Brock Lesnar's next challenger. John Cena, Randy Orton, and maybe even Sheamus could compete in a triple threat number one contender's Hell in a Cell match at the pay-per-view event in October. Orton would win that match. Possibly on the next Raw, Orton could attack Paul Heyman and leave him written off TV for his match against Lesnar. All of this culminates in Orton vs. Lesnar for the championship in Orton's hometown... and without Paul Heyman.

This just happened to go through my mind the other day, so I decided to share it with you. Feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts and what you do if you had the keys to the kingdom. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.

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