Former Announcer Says WWE Wants To Get Rid Of Randy Orton
Fueling rumors that WWE may part ways withRandy Ortonas a result of his second violation of the Talent Wellness Program, former WCW announcer Mark Madden stated Thursday onTwitter, “WWE wants to get rid of Orton PERMANENTLY. Character and popularity have plateaued, and he’s a pain to deal with.”
In response to his statement, a Twitter user asked Madden whetherVince McMahonhas suddenly stopped liking money. Madden responded, “Vince thinks everybody is a WWE creation, and therefore disposable, to be replaced by another WWE creation. And you’re overrating Orton.”
TheWrestling Observerreported Wednesday that there is a ‘small, vocal pocket’ within the sports entertainment organization lobbying for his termination. Vince McMahon is reportedly contemplating the move, but many employees believe he will ultimately retain the nine-time world champion due to the lack of roster depth.
TheObserveradded that there are people within WWE saying Orton’s hiatus ‘isn’t going to be that big a problem.’ For the first time, employees are openly categorizingCM Punkas the second-ranked babyface rather than Punk and Orton being on the same level. Many also feel SmackDown’s babyface side will be adequate withSheamus,Christian,Sin Cara,Rey Mysterioreturning soon from suspension and the option to turnDaniel Bryanat a moment’s notice.