Wrestling fans witnessed the iconic Randy Orton snubbing Raw to officially ink a deal with SmackDown. The Legend Killer has re-emerged in the WWE with a vengeance, making Friday nights the battleground for his impending mayhem.
Upon his arrival at SmackDown this week, a fierce bidding war unfolded to secure the services of The Viper. General Managers Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis engaged in a head-to-head battle, each vying to bring Orton to their respective brands. The apex of this struggle unfolded in the main event, where The Apex Predator made a definitive choice.
Despite Pearce’s tempting offer of a direct shot at the World Heavyweight title, Orton opted for the blue brand, officially putting an end to his status as a free agent. The intriguing question remains: What prompted Orton to choose Nick Aldis’ contract over Pearce’s? The answer is as straightforward as it is dramatic – The Bloodline.
Before finalizing his decision to become an exclusive SmackDown superstar, Paul Heyman emerged to assert that Randy Orton wouldn’t be making choices; The Bloodline would do it for him. In a tense confrontation, Solo Sikoa and Jimmy Uso ambushed The Viper, only for LA Knight to come to his aid. Orton sealed the deal by delivering a stunning RKO to Jimmy Uso, solidifying his move to SmackDown.
Post this intense showdown, Orton sent a clear message to Paul Heyman to inform Roman Reigns that ‘Daddy’s back.’ The plot thickens, and Heyman finds himself with a looming issue to address.
Randy Orton’s Target: Roman Reigns
During SmackDown, Randy Orton left no room for speculation – he wants to take down Roman Reigns at all costs. The scars from The Bloodline’s attack in May last year still fresh in his memory, Orton might have his sights set on Roman’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
As of early in the week, Roman Reign’s Royal Rumble opponent wasn’t locked in.
A few names have been considered, Randy Orton being one of them.
— WrestlePurists (@WrestlePurists) December 1, 2023
Although it’s early days, whispers in the market suggest that Randy Orton could be a prime contender for Roman Reigns’ title at the Royal Rumble. With Reigns approaching an impressive 1200 days as the champion, Orton’s measured aggression poses a potential threat to The Head of the Table’s dominance.