Sometimes, you think you cannot define the character of a wrestler. What is the character of Bobby Lashley or Kalisto (for example) ? I do believe that people are defined by their actions. If they have no charisma or personalities, they can still be defined by their history or stories in wwe (even if they haven't done much).
I have this problem with Randy Orton. He's not bad but I just don't understand his character, he's just overall very flat. However, if I think : Randy Orton is the guy who did all of this across 15 years, then he becomes a more rounded character.
Post by Christian Small on May 31, 2017 7:50:12 GMT -5
Wrestling characters can be some of the smallest qualities just amplified. Look at Edge, his character was that he took opportunities when they showed up. That's nothing really they just turned it up a bunch. Steve Austin was essentially just the regular Joe who loved drinking beer & fighting but again it was turned up.
Bobby Lashley is a supreme athlete who thinks he's the best and arguably is. I see his character as similar to Brock Lesnar's, although Brock has more heel tendencies and is more of a bully.
In regards to Randy Orton, I think you hit the nail on the head when you said he's "flat." The problem with Orton is just that his character isn't convincing. I'm not sure if it's because Randy is a bad actor or if he just isn't that committed to the character, but whatever the issue is he's not connecting with audiences on the level he should be.
And you are also right that he doesn't really have a character. If I try to define him I'd say he's a) Bob Orton's son, b) a Viper and c) he RKO's people out of nowhere. But none of that really says anything meaningful. It's only the start of something, but not a full personality. There is a disconnect between these aspects of his character and why his character is the way he is.
Randy Orton is what happens to the "blue chipper" character when he's been around too long to still be a "the blue chipper" without any real development. He's Derek Jeter or Sidney Crosby. Now that Orton is no longer the young phenom, he's still treated like one of the best but not in an interesting way. Always in the mix as one of the elite, but sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses, and either way we just take it in stride.
Post by Christian Small on Jun 9, 2017 10:01:45 GMT -5
I think Orton is a better heel and he actually his personality works so much better as a heel. He's pretty much the exact same but you're meant to boo him. I also think he had a much better character back in 09 when he had that "disorder", he was easily the top heel by miles then.