Batista, easily. Anyone who says this is close isn't really thinking about it. In '05 Batista and Cena became "The Man" on their respective shows and if Batista wasn't more popular, then was even with Cena in terms of popularity. Fast forward to now, and even though Orton is a top face, he still can't rival Cena in terms of popularity.
Originally Posted by The King of Blaze
Batista is a much bigger star then Randy Orton will ever be and there is no other answer-period. Batista was given the ball and never looked back as he launched himself to ultimate stardom while Orton fumble the ball when the spotlight kept shining on him until 2008 came. Funny how things changed cause WWE was grooming Orton to be their next big star in Evolution while Batista was just the silent enforcer in the background.
Hell, WWE pretty much told fans that Batista is way bigger then Orton with Batista squashing him in most of their single matches and Orton never really manage to defeat big Dave whether interference came into play or not. Even as a Heel Batista still was going over Orton-if anything Orton was Batista’s little bitch that he smacked around for years.
If Batista returned tomorrow, Orton will be mid-carding like he was in early 2010 all over again and Batista will still be leagues ahead of him.
Still to this day, the Rise of Batista is still better then anything Orton has ever done in the main event scene.
Seriously. The slow Batista face turn is one of the best I've seen.