After winning the World Title from Chris Benoit at Unforgiven it is clear that Triple H is jealous of Randy Orton, but it also happy that Evolution has the World Title back within the ranks. Instead of Triple H turning against Orton right away I would rather have him find his footing as a champion. His first defense would be in against Ric Flair who won the opportunity in a triple threat match on Raw prior to Taboo Tuesday. Flair wanted Orton to prove his worth and earn respect as World Champion. On the road to Survivor Series, Evolution tries to present a united front and Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Maven try to drive a wedge between Evolution ahead of the PPV. Evolution wins at Survivor Series and Randy is the sole survivor for the team continuing to build his momentum and credibility.
The next night on Raw it seems like Triple H has had all he can take from Orton and his recent success. On the final episode of Raw before the new year Triple H talks Randy into giving him a title shot with leadership of Evolution at stake. Batista runs in during the match to screw Orton out of the title allowing Triple H to end the year as champion and still in the lead of Evolution. This would bring us to Batista against Orton at the Royal Rumble where if Orton wins he is able to enter the Rumble match. Orton defeats Batista thanks to a returning Ric Flair who had been taken out by Batista & Triple H earlier in the month for disloyalty. Orton wins the Royal Rumble and from there his Wrestlemania feud with Triple H begins.
In the build to the show of shows Orton almost got fired after accidentally hitting Eric Bischoff during a confrontation with Triple H. Vince McMahon saved Orton's job saying that Triple H should be embarrassed and ashamed to call himself World Champion, because a real champion doesn't back down from a tough challenge. Orton calls Triple H a coward and says "Hunter you've been afraid of being left behind by the new generation since I met you two years ago and after Wrestlemania I will make sure I leave you in the dust." Having enough of Orton & Flair three weeks out from Mania Batista & Triple H jump their former stablemates leaving them bloody pulps in a gruesome scene. The week before Wrestlemania Orton & Flair return to explain their partnership and in classic Flair fashion the passion oozes out of "Naitch" and Orton raising the stakes and intensity for both matches at Wrestlemania 21.
At Wrestlemania, Randy will defeat Triple H to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Ric Flair will get revenge on Batista winning their grudge match. Following Wrestlemania the same switch would happen as John Cena would capture the WWE Title from JBL and move from Smackdown to Raw and Orton will move from Raw to Smackdown. The only other difference is that Batista will follow him leading to an eventual feud between Orton and Batista on Smackdown. Overall I would think that this would've been a lot better in turning Orton into a credible and likable good guy unlike the way they did it at this time in real life. Either way though that's what makes being a "Monday Morning QB" so much fun.
I would keep Randy Orton's battle royal victory to earn his Summerslam World Title shot against Chris Benoit. Summerslam would change though as I would allow Benoit to hold onto the World Title even though the novelty of his reign was wearing off by then I don't think Orton was ready for the spot and the ending could've gone differently. I would have Ric Flair at ringside with Orton accidentally cost Orton the match and the title shot.
August 16: Evolution start the show with Orton accepting Flair's apology for accidentally causing him to lose last night against Benoit. Bischoff announces that Orton & Triple H will fight Benoit & Maven where the winners get the chance to pick the stipulation for Unforgiven (If Evolution win next weeks tag match).
August 23: Chris Jericho pins Tyson Tomoko, Orton & Triple H defeat Benoit & Maven (Orton pins Maven after an RKO), Triple H wants the title shot and Orton thinks about it, but walks out not announcing anything as an angry Triple H follows him.
August 30: Highlights of last week, Benoit & Bischoff call out Orton to find out what his stipulation choice is and Orton appears to announce he decided on a Cage Match. Later on Flair & Triple H both question Orton's decision for a Cage saying they can't him being locked in a cage and Orton says "I don't want any help."
September 6: Chris Benoit decimates Chris Cage and then talks "Orton in six days we will enter a steel cage and wage war for this championship, I know I might not leave the champion, but I also know I will be in their with a worthy opponent." Orton defeats Rosey and then talks "I didn't expect such a humble speech Chris at Summerslam you gave me the toughest test of my career and now I will be ready to change the result." Batista & Flair vs Jericho & Michaels ends in a No-Contest setting up a six man on Sunday.
Unforgiven: Triple H, Ric Flair, and Batista lose to Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, and Maven in a six man tag, Randy Orton escapes the Cage to defeat Chris Benoit and win WWE World Championship. Bloody and showing the effects of a war Orton holds the World Heavyweight Title high as Unforgiven ends the new champion.
September 13: The following night Randy Orton is brought out by Chris Benoit to congratulate him on the win and shake his hand then a returning William Regal appears. Regal had been nursing injuries from a brutal attack by Triple about a month ago. Regal & Eugene both congratulate the new champion and Regal asks for a title opportunity to give the youngster his first test. Benoit gladly steps back knowing he will get his chance soon and he will enjoy the fight. Ric Flair is mad wondering how Regal gets a shot, but is just complaining to Batista. Regal comes up short against Orton who has his first successful defense and post match they shake hands. Evolution is on stage looking down at Orton & Regal in the ring as the show fades to black.
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