Trying to understand Orton's popularity
I think I get it. He's the opposite of Cena in that unlike Cena, who smiles too much and tells bad jokes, orton is expressionless. I guess a sort of anti-hero in that respect. So I was wondering why it is I really don't like orton, when I grew up in the AE. Then it clicked. Because its gone from one patronizing and silly extreme to another: Boring, robotic, charisma-less and dull. Every week feels like groundhog day. Same moves, same expressionless face, the same stare into the camera and that look as if he is concentrating too hard. The difference between Orton and the beloved hero Austin is that Austin actually had a lot of diversity and charisma. Orton doesn't have that. People make it sound like the robotic stance is a 'gimmick' its not. In interviews and stuff he always looks like that. It's just he isn't a very interesting person in real life and so WWE put that 'cold viper' gimmick onto him to excuse it. I watched the 'legend killer' gimmick in the latter half of 07. I don't know why people have such fond memories. The only difference was that Boreton started punting people in the head, and had crappy matches with overweight legends. If that is the idea of a great heel today then I surely have been spoiled by the AE.
His matches are horrendous. I have always found his matches horrendous. They are slow and insultingly repetitive. He will probably say he does it on purpose because he's trying to avoid injuries or he's trying to be 'methodical'. That doesn't excuse the same match week in week out. Same old DDT for the thousand time. Cena gets a lot of criticism from the fans and rightfully so. He is paid very highly. Alienates a lot of fans. He's an average wrestler at best. Very repetitive. Can't perform the monkey flip or a hurricarana correctly but you know what? When it comes to the big stages, and when partnered with somebody great, he can put on an entertaining story. For an average wrestler he does have a rather impressive list of matches. His Raw match against HBK in 07. His matches against CM Punk etc. When it comes to Boreton I can't think of any matches that I would call top draw. Maybe his match with Foley almost a decade ago? Thats being generous.
In short: Boreton is the opposite of Cena but that may not be necessarily a good thing. Atleast Cena gets criticism. Orton seems immune. It seems that his looks/physique seems to compensate for his either average wrestling skills or a lack of effort.
Anyway bring it on!
Last edited by hardysno1fan; 03-11-2013 at 02:03 PM.