This is where he pretty much gets relegated to the Andre The Giant Battle Royale - right now there really is no standout feud for him and no way to easily shoehorn him into one.
Realistically the match options are:-
Baron Corbin - Could work with Corbin's "violent" streak lately being somewhat reminicisent of early Orton. Would damage Corbin to lose however so pointless unless Orton is losing.
Dolph Ziggler - Retirement Match/Loser Leaves WWE - I am fully on board with the idea of Orton needing to leave for a while and have said so for the last 3 years. This might be a realistic payoff to the Ziggler "walkout" and also subvert expectations. Orton losing a retirement match would be as shocking as Taker losing in some ways, especially to Ziggler.
6 Man Tag - The dreaded 6 man spot could also beckon. It could be interesting to see Orton and Mojo Rawley interact, but not as enemies... if they can get Gronk along then a 6 man involving Orton, Rawley and Gronk vs Jinder and partners could work.
Mojo - For the same reasons above but have Gronk on the side of Rawley at ringside... It'd be an interesting wrinkle as the celeb is normally with a face.
Other than that I think you're detracting from the show to use Orton in other matches... Rusev probably on balance deserves a one on one US title match at Mania again and a 4 way is just going to dilute the benefit to he and Roode. We've seen Orton v Jinder already and Owens/Zayn should really be facing off there.
The only other possibility that could work is involved with Shane and Bryan in some way - Perhaps if Orton wins, Bryan is allowed to wrestle again... but even giving Shane a match this year is going to the well too often.
The grim reality is that Orton is really "lost in the shuffle" right now along with several others... which is scary when you think both he AND Bray could struggle to get on the show when they were wrestling for the title a year ago.
Last edited by THTRobtaylor : 02-02-2018 at 06:23 PM.