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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
I need to give Orton's 09 matches another watch. Although I'm willing to go as far as 2008 in my yearly journeys (or up to WM25), I might go through 09 just because Orton as top heel is exciting. But that means I'm also gonna have to put up with the horror of guest hosts and Hornswoggle beating Chavo so that's a bit of a hard decision to make. At the same time, some stuff on Smackdown concerning Jericho, Undertaker and so on makes me wanna go that far. For his matches that year, I personally like his series with Cena. SS 09 is the weakest of the bunch but that's down to overbooking. HIAC is one of the better matches in the PG era (for HIAC) and the Ironman match was awesome. I don't remember I Quit too well but the problem I can think of is SuperCena.
But you are onto something with this. Orton's 03 matches show that he's still very green at that point and outside of his first PPV match with HBK, the Survivor Series elimination match and Armageddon with RVD, I don't recall anything memorable involving him. In 04, he improved big time and I can only assume that's what he does in 05 and 06 when he goes to Smackdown. Then when he becomes a permanent main eventer in 07, his ring work is solid and carries on to 08 until his injury. So 09 might be his weakest year in-ring wise. But he was nothing special in 2010 either. Last year, however, his work started picking up big time and for the little amount of time he's been on TV or PPVs, he's still a solid wrestler.
I just wish they'd turn him heel already. It's clear neither he nor WWE give a fuck about him being a face but he still is forced to continue floating around with no real feuds and all this talk of "Sheamus needs a trusted face to work Smackdown with him" needs to stop since WWE treats him like a joke anyways. Turn him into a cocky heel, move him to Raw (as in officially part of Raw) and give him some real feuds to work with.
PS: The Legend Killer haircut is unfortunately gone already. He only kept it for the 12 Rounds filmings. He'll arrive at HIAC tomorrow with his usual super-short haircut. (according to his twitter)