I think Randy Orton has been the sole reason for my investment in this rivalry - I mean sure I think Daniel Bryan is very talented and I like him, but he isn't hanging with Randy Orton in the microphone. I always liked Randy Orton, it's one of this things that when you watch him for the first time with his great appeal, is great finisher and workrate you simply become a mark for the guy - and as a villain he's simply one of the best ever and I mean that.
His intensity is different than everybody's - he isn't a sarcastic or a coward heel like most of the guys are. He is what you see, he's that freaking guy that you would be jealous based on his face alone and he can back it up which is great to see in this era, specially in the main event scene. Randy Orton is also a great storyteller and you can't argue with that - just look at his match with Dolph Ziggler this past Monday - I mean, how many times have we seen Dolph vs. Orton? I can't even count that much and that one match already felt different from all of them and the crowd went nuts for what the guys were doing.
I also thought that Randy Orton never failed to deliver as a babyface, the only thing that failed was the content of his rivalries - in his two/three years run as a babyface there is three things that make him stand out: his feud against CM Punk and the New Nexus, his rivalry against Christian and his rivalry against Kane and that's because he had mic time and he had TV time to develop a storyline instead of being put in 400 repetitive matches just for the sake of filling up time.
I hope he wins this Sunday, I know that storyline is to establish Daniel Bryan as a top guy but I just don't see Bryan evolving after his victory, while I can see a ton of different variations where to use this Randy Orton with the WWE Championship but I'll be fine with whatever they give me as long as they don't let Orton disappear from the top spot, specially now when he's been simply fantastic.
~~ AUGUST'13 - THE WRESTLING MONTH!!