Randy Orton, despite his star power and status as a main event level player within WWE, will be involved in perhaps the worst match on the card of what is being billed as the biggest event in company history, WrestleMania 28.
Orton drew the short straw and ended up in a feud with Kane, which was given one of the least plausible and silliest storylines in recent memory. Still, "The Viper" is making the best of it, telling Big Poppa in the Morning in a recent interview that he feels as though his match with Kane could be considered one of the "Big Four" alongside John Cena vs. The Rock, Triple H vs. Undertaker (with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee) and CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho.
Which, of course, means he thinks Orton vs. Kane is bigger than Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus. You know, the world heavyweight champion against the winner of this year's Royal Rumble match.
Realistically, he's simply doing his part to promote the show. Or maybe he's still on pain medication for his various injuries and was a little loopy for the interview, who knows. Either way, I think we can all agree on the fact that Orton's match is a curtain jerker.
What we can't seem to agree on is how the headliner will play out. Yes, fans and pundits aren't the only ones giving their opinion on the big match between The Rock and John Cena. Orton was also asked how he sees things playing out and he gave a very clear answer on what he wants to see happen:
"I am most interested to see how this thing goes down in the end. Don't be fooled, this isn't all show right here, there's some legitimate hatred between these two guys and I think that's just going to make it all the more interesting. Because they get in that ring with that many people, 80-some odd thousand people (and) millions at home watching, who knows what's going to happen? You see what happens on live TV when we give them a microphone, now what's going to happen when we take the gloves off. (My pick for the match) is John Cena. I'd love to see him win 1-2-3 fair and square in the ring, no stipulations last minute, no run-ins last minute, no big smoz going off the air where you see 10 Rock Bottoms. I want to see John Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment in the middle of the ring."
It makes sense on a number of levels that Orton would want Cena to win the match, the least of which being his previous issues with The Rock and the manner with which he's come back and simply taken over the spotlight.
Truth be told, Orton is most definitely one of the guys who was pushed down the card because of it, though injuries, admittedly enough, also played a major factor.
But Orton also likely wants Cena to win, clean, because he very much understands the business side of things that Rock has spoken of when swatting away bothersome flies who complain about his extended return. If Rock is to win clean and leave the very next week to go do another movie, what good does that do to the guys who are still around? No, it wouldn't kill Cena to lose to one of the greatest of all time but would certainly damage the perception of the current crop of superstars occupying the roster, led by Cena himself.
And let's face it, the roster is already terribly thin as it stands now.
The one thing we can definitely agree on, though, is a smoz finish is undesirable unless a larger plan is put into motion, something similar to what Kevin Nash mentioned was supposed to happen in his feud with CM Punk. Only this time, it would absolutely have to play itself out.
WWE has less than one week to decide how to book this thing.