"Imagine my shock to discover the undeniable truth, that no matter how hard I tried I will never be able to catch you. An Indy Legend forever living in the shadow of a low level clown. So that's when I secretly made up my mind."
"You mean you!? You fool! You deliberately let yourself fall under Heyman's spell!"
"Yes. I saw the power of Heyman's magic... I knew that if I allowed myself to fall under his control the difference between us could disappear. I'm actually pretty disappointed with the results. You're pinning me clean now."
Oh, I suppose that makes Orton Piccolo, started off powerful and cool, didn't completely fall behind everyone else, but pretty irrelevant by the end of things.