Randy Orton’s heel turn was one of the highlights of WWE programming during the past week. Many fans have noted that he was miscast as a babyface and he seems to have been missing something during the last few years.
The heel turn is something he has wanted for a while so this was likely done at his request. Orton has said many times in interviews that he did not like playing the babyface role and he would rather be a heel because he could be more creative as a heel.
“I love it and I’m going to use that, hopefully, sooner than later when I turn heel again,” Orton said last year while on the Edge and Christian podcast in response to Christian joking that Kevin Owens has ‘bad physique heat.’ Orton added, “I’m sick of this babyface thing, that’s for sure.”
Orton said that he would rather wrestle in jeans and a t-shirt for the rest of his career because it would take pressure off having to keep a strict diet. He noted that it’s gotten harder for him to stay in shape as he gets close to turning 40.
Orton’s heel turn has been refreshing and it’s a throwback to the sadistic things he did circa 2009-2010. Based on current storylines, it looks like WWE is building towards Orton vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship at SummerSlam.
Orton wrestles a lighter schedule and people that know him say that it’s done a lot of good for him. As long as his body holds up, he plans on wrestling for another 10 years.