Be the Booker returns in off the wall fashion as TWC staff member Kai Roberts fantasy books “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton taking over NXT!
The Future Killer
Randy Orton is one of the biggest stars on the current Smackdown Live roster. He is recognisable to the mainstream crowd and has had an illustrious career that has spanned over a decade and a half. He debuted in the year 2000 and in the 16 years that has passed; he has won 12 World Championships and main evented WrestleMania twice. However, in recent years Orton’s character has, in my opinion, become quite stale. Orton can always be relied upon to put on a good match but he needs something to rejuvenate his current lackluster persona. After a lengthy stint on the shelf with a shoulder injury, Orton was named as Brock Lesnar’s opponent at Summerslam. This was somewhat of a surprise and it was interesting to see how they would evolve Orton’s character. But they didn’t, he came back got destroyed by Brock and left Orton in the same place as he was before the match. He has now been put into a feud with Bray Wyatt which is exciting as I am sure the two can put together some really good matches, its just a shame because it doesn’t really do anything for Orton or Bray, who is desperate for a big win as he most probably will be feed to Orton like he is to everyone (which infuriates me. I am sure I will do an article about the missed Bray Wyatt booking opportunities at some point) to rebuild him after the Brock defeat. As Orton was cutting a promo on Wyatt on Smackdown I got thinking about Orton’s career and his best run in the company. For me, it’s his run in Evolution when he was doing The Legend Killer gimmick. I love Evolution, it had the perfect balance for a faction, with the two young stars who can be moulded into megastars (which Orton and Batista did become), the legend that is Ric Flair to give them guidance and teaching, and Triple H at the helm in the role that Ric would play in the Four Horsemen back in the day. Whilst reminiscing about Orton’s best times as a character, and watching what he is doing currently, I suddenly had an epiphany.
Send Randy Orton to NXT. I know that sounds crazy but at least hear me out. If you can convince Randy to do it, not an easy task as I have no doubt that a bona fide star like Randy Orton would not want to be “demoted” to “developmental”, then it is a win-win situation for all involved. Also, Randy is smart, and I am sure Triple H would be able to convince him to come to Full Sail. If The Game could convince The Viper, here is exactly how Orton’s NXT run should be done. I am writing this the day before the Backlash PPV, but at that event Wyatt should destroy Orton. Just like Brock did. Orton doesn’t get much offence in at all and doesn’t even hit an RKO on Bray. Make Bray look the monster he should be. Randy then goes away and is not heard of or talked about on WWE television for this time. On NXT I would build to a Samoa Joe William Regal match (which they are very subtly planting seeds for, will be interesting to see if that goes anywhere in real life) and in that match, which would take place at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, Joe beats Regal which takes Regal off TV as NXT GM for a while as he recovers from injuries. Triple H takes over as acting GM of NXT (everyone knows he runs it anyway) whilst Regal is gone and Hunter teases that he has a huge announcement. Then, whilst Hideo Itami (the new number one contender) is in the ring cutting a promo on Bobby Roode (who is NXT Champion after beating Nakamura in Toronto; Nakamura then goes on to the main roster) from ‘Outta Nowhere’ Randy Orton jumps Itami and drops him with an RKO. Randy simply picks up the mic and says ‘I used to kill legends. Now I kill the future’ and then walks out through the crowd. The following weeks of NXT, every now and then, Orton pops up outta nowhere and drops someone with an RKO and leaves again. Itami then faces Roode for the NXT title (not on a TakeOver, just a normal NXT episode) and during the match when the ref and Roode are both down, Orton comes out and attempts another RKO on Hideo. Hideo reverses and gets Orton up for the GTS but he escapes and slides out of the ring. As Hideo stares Orton down, Roode spins Itami and hits him with a Glorious Bomb and gets the win. HHH, who is furious at this point, comes out and says Itami will get his rematch with Roode at the next TakeOver event. But before then, Itami will get an opportunity for revenge on Orton as he faces him in two weeks’ time. Orton protests and says he is above wrestling in the minor leagues and says he will only take the match if he gets added to the NXT title match at TakeOver should he beat Itami. HHH declines saying he doesn’t deserve the opportunity but Itami pleads him to accept his demands so he can get his hands on Orton. HHH reluctantly accepts and match is set. Then a furious Samoa Joe comes out who says he wants his shot at the title as he beat Regal and Regal promised him a title shot down the road if he beat him (Since the Regal match he has only been wrestling against jobbers in squash matches). HHH gives in to Joe’s demands and adds him to the TakeOver match. Itami and Orton have their match two weeks later and after a hard fought battle, Orton cheats to win. Joe and Roode are both on commentary for the match and Roode really puts over the resiliency and toughness of Itami (planting the seed of a Roode face turn that happens a long time down the road).
The main event of the next NXT TakeOver is set, Randy Orton vs. Hideo Itami vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship in a fatal 4-way elimination match. Roode is taken out on a stretcher after Orton hits him with the punt kick (when Roode returns he can fully turn face. He is over as hell so why keep him heel). Itami reverses Joe’s Muscle Buster and hits Joe with a running knee, eliminating the Samoan Submission Machine. As it looks like Itami is finally going to win the NXT title, he has Orton up in the GTS position; Orton counters and hits Hideo with the RKO. Orton wins the NXT Championship. He then proclaims himself NXT World Champion (with WWE now recognising the NXT title as a World Championship) making Orton a 13 time world champion. Orton is now untouchable on NXT; he is like Triple H in the early 2000s on Raw. He says he will not rest until he kills the future, he is The Future Killer, beating all up and comers on the NXT roster. I know this will anger many people who will say you are feeding a young wrestler to an established star, but this is different as the guys Orton beats will pick up invaluable experience working with a veteran like Orton and you can start building them after Orton leaves. After all this is only going to be a short run for Orton. Plus, it will give Orton so much heel heat.
Orton is in the ring cutting a promo on how nobody on NXT can stop him, how he has killed every future prospect in NXT and there is nobody left for him. Then Itami jumps Orton and hits him with a GTS, just like Orton did to Hideo when he made his first NXT appearance. Itami then picks up the NXT title and shouts down to the hard camera that he is coming for the title. The match is made for the NXT TakeOver before WrestleMania, Hideo Itami vs. Randy Orton for the NXT World Championship and I would put a stipulation on the match to cap off the feud, maybe a Last Man Standing match. In what I am sure could be a match of the year candidate if it ever happened, the two could absolutely tear the house down and steal the WrestleMania weekend. In the end, Itami finally beats Orton and wins the NXT World Championship, a crowning moment for NXT’s new face, Hideo Itami, a culmination of a story that begins when he returned from his shoulder injury that took him out of action for over a year.
So there we have it, how I would book Randy Orton going to NXT. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. You crown a brand new face of NXT who can replace the void of Shinsuke Nakamura; Randy gets a big run in a genuinely interesting role, something we haven’t seen from him in a while. He gets to rejuvenate his character and can have some great matches and help the talent in NXT. That is another huge positive, all the guys down in NXT can learn from one of the best of this generation. It makes great business sense also, let’s be honest, is there really that much money to be made with Orton on the main roster? But with Orton working NXT it will bring in casual viewers who know who Randy Orton is, having Orton working NXT live events will make more people want to go to those shows. I admit, it is a bit out there, a bit of a risk. But a risk that is worth taking and that will more than likely pay off. It is about time WWE start being more creative and take some risks to create more exciting, dramatic and emotionally investing stories.