This might be a little delayed, but I just found out that Randy won the gold last week so it isn't to delayed with that in mind and I didn't want to spoil it for anyone who missed the Hell in a Cell event. It is rare in WWE for someone forty or above to win the gold, but Randy is a special case I gather due to his status in the company. Orton has seemingly hit a second wind in recent months having recaptured part of what made him special in the first place. It has been a long time in my opinion since Orton has been able to be classified as a top star in WWE and with his recent success not limited to his run with Edge earlier in the year he finally hit that status again.
The last time Orton won the top title in WWE was three years ago at Wrestlemania defeating Bray Wyatt in a very uneventful contest. Orton had a lot of momentum at the time thanks to a turn and in part thanks to his run with the Wyatt Family, but we got the wrong payoff at the time. At the time I expected that to be his last run with the championship as Randy was never really the guy who always had the top spot, but more was someone who could be moved in the spot if needed.
Over the last year, Randy seems more energized, aggressive, and more like the Orton of old instead the lazy and passive Orton we had come to expect. I always thought Orton was like Brock Lesnar in that he would work when he felt like it, but could also be extremely lazy when he wants to as well. I don't blame Randy for the lackluster run Jinder had with the gold three years ago as that falls on WWE more then anyone. I do blame Randy for the match with Bray, but now compare that Randy Orton to this Randy Orton and still tell me you can't see a difference in just the way he carries himself and the fact that the "Viper" has seemingly returned.
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