Could, would, should. Three words that rhyme. They’re also three words that ask a question, and I’m asking some questions right now. I’ve got questions about Randy Orton hosting a United States Championship Open Challenge.
At Fastlane, Randy managed to shock the world by becoming the United States Champion. Until recently, no one thought he would ever hold that title. He would never be a Grand Slam Champion.
Now that the Viper is actually a United States Champion, it’s time to see what he can do.
Right now, there’s no reason he couldn’t. He’s not injured. He’s not retired. I think that this could be a great idea. If this were to come true, it’d have to be for real. No fake “Open Challenge” where two dudes fight each other and then they have a Triple Threat. Plain and simple title matches.
Orton definitely has the chops to put on great matches week after week. He’s one of the greatest to step foot into the ring. If he put on excellent matches with the midcard, then his stock would get higher than it already is.
Imagine matches such against Sin Cara, Tye Dillinger, Mike Kanellis, or Baron Corbin. He’d also be giving some underappreciated or underutilized stars a chance to shine.
Obviously, I do not know the man that is the Apex Predator. If I did, I’d be bragging about it. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: this is all speculation. My word is not gospel.
On one hand, Orton has spoken in the past about wanting to work with the younger talents. He’s mentioned that he enjoys working with Aiden English and Baron Corbin. He’d probably want to go out there and work with some fresh talents.
On the other hand, it’s well known that Orton has motivation issues. If he doesn’t care about whatever it is he’s doing, he just coasts. While his coasting is usually enough to bring him to a decent match, it can be frustrating, especially when you know what he’s capable of. Randy might not be interested in doing an Open Challenge. He might just sleepwalk through his matches,
Again, my word is not gospel. I do not personally know Randy Orton. This is all speculation.
Personally, I think he should. There’s some risk involved, but the rewards outweigh that. A legend like Randy having title matches every week? That would definitely pique the interest of more than a few people.
There’s also potential for quality matches. Orton’s a tricky guy to have chemistry with, but when he puts on great matches, they are awesome. I personally thought that his matches with Jinder Mahal were pretty rock solid, but that’s just me.
This would also seriously elevate the already diminished image of the United States Championship. Who’d have thought that Kevin Owens and AJ Styles wouldn’t be good champions? It’s crazy. But I believe that Randy Orton can fix that.
When he loses, he has the opportunity to turn the new champion into a made man. Whoever beats Orton (and does so decisively) will have beat a 13-time World Champion.
I say they should go for it.