According to an Oct. 22 post from Bleacher Report, Randy Orton is expected to turn babyface this weekend at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view spectacular in Dallas. Orton, 34, has collided with The Authority in recent weeks, so the stage is already set for the switch to happen.
Hard-hitting heel, Seth Rollins, attacked Orton during this week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. Rollins’ sneaky attack essentially confirmed that Orton would be making a face turn, since they were previously a team together within The Authority.
The feud between Orton and Rollins has been an intriguing subplot heading into Hell in a Cell, and most of the drama stems from the fact that both want to get their hands on Brock Lesnar. Orton, a former WWE champ, and Rollins both feel they are the No. 1 contender for a shot at Lesnar, which means they haven’t been getting along with each other lately. Rollins is still waiting to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Technically, his win at Money in the Bank guaranteed that he would receive a title shot within the next year. But time is running out for Rollins, as his Money in the Bank contract expires in less than nine months. Heading into Hell in a Cell, the stipulation confirmed by Triple H is that Orton will receive a title shot against Lesnar if he’s able to slip past John Cena. As for Rollins, his Hell in a Cell match with Dean Ambrose doesn’t have any title implications. At least that is what the WWE’s creative team wants the viewer to believe.
Orton and Rollins are both technically still part of The Authority, but “The Viper” seems to be slowly distancing himself from the group. With Rollins now firmly cementing himself as a top heel who can sells pay-per-views and put fans in the seats, the WWE’s creative team apparently feels the time is right for Orton to turn babyface.
Here’s the thing: The WWE’s main card roster is depleted to the point where Orton’s face turn is a no-brainer. Several top babyface characters are out for an extended period of time, including Roman Reigns, Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan. Additionally, John Cena is 37 years old and might be running low on gas. Cena is already past his athletic prime, and he may only have a couple good years left in the tank.
Elsewhere, rumor has it that Dean Ambrose hasn’t drawn well as a top babyface character at WWE house shows. Ambrose, 28, is a fan favorite among the adult audience, but he doesn’t have a family-friendly image.