Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Orton was fucking awesome in 2006 on SmackDown. Then he was sent to Raw where he was saddled with Edge and made to be DX's bitch. Then he had a good 07 before randomly turning into a drone when winning the title. Seriously, it's like the moment he started cutting those 'I ended the CAREERZ of Shawn Michaels and RVD' promos is when he started losing his personality. That's also when Vince decided he'd be ready for the push he didn't get opposite HHH in 2005. In some of his promos in 2006 he's such a funny, energetic, cocky asshole that it looks like a completely different human being to 'I'm da viper guiz. APEX PREDATOR.'
I think he's always typically been a good worker. Well he's ranged between Very Good-Good-Passable, anyway. His 'HE'S GOING TO *THAT PLACE*' moments are sometimes eye-gouging, though, and I've seen matches where he needed to be pretty much completely carried. I remember the CM Punk match at WM27 being literally CM Punk working a good match on his own while Orton just played the Not Bad Foil.