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  1. I've been wanting to discuss this on this board for awhile now. Randy Orton's terribly booked WWE face run from August 2004 to March 2005. A little backstory:


    Randy Orton gains steam as an upper mid-card heel fresh off the heels of his hot fued with Mick Foley. Foley puts him over and goes on to become the longest reigning intercontinental champion in years (at that time). Orton finally loses the title to Edge but is protected when he was knocked out by an exposed turnbuckle at the end of the match which was the deciding factor in Edge winning. The rematch wields a similar result as Edge (who was still a face at the time)cheated to win by putting his feet on the ropes retaining the title. Orton moves past the IC title and wins a battle royal on Raw to determine the #1 contender for the world title. After a memorable sequence at the end of the match between Orton and runner-up Chris Jericho, Orton wins the match and goes on to Summerslam. Orton walks into Summerslam and in a very surprising result, cleanly becomes the youngest world champion in WWE history at the age of 24.


    The next night after defeating Benoit in a rematch with some help of his cohorts, Evolution (Ric Flair, Batista, HHH), to retain his title, Evolution turns on Orton turning him face and sets up a program between Orton and Evolution.


    A month later at the Unforgiven PPV, HHH destroys Orton and takes back the world title which sets up another program which sees Orton try to go through the members of Evolution to get his hands on HHH and regain the world title.


    After a fine series of matches with Batista on Raw, Orton starts up a mini-fued with Ric Flair and defeats him in a cage match at the first ever Taboo Tuesday (which eventually became Cyber Sunday). Still pursuing HHH, Orton loses a rematch with Flair with help from HHH himself with a stipulation that if Orton lost then he would never receive anymore title shots as long as HHH is champion. Knowing the odds are against him, Orton recruits some of Raw's top stars in Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven (two out of three ain't bad) to battle a team captained by HHH at Survivor Series. Orton comes out of the match as the sole survivor of his team, last eliminating HHH. Orton, while not winning back the world title, finally exacted an amount of revenge on HHH.


    HHH loses the heavyweight championship in a wierd double pin/submission finish at the end of a triple threat match involving Benoit and Edge. Mr. McMahon then holds the title up and Eric Bischoff then makes an Elimination chamber match for the title at New Year's Revolution including HHH, Benoit, Jericho, Edge, Batista and since HHH is no longer the champ, Orton is allowed into the match.


    At around this time, Batista blows up and teases turning on HHH to go after the world championship himself and Orton after months of chasing starts to gradually lose his heat with the fans. During the chamber match, more seeds are planted for the future HHH/Batista program and Orton comes up short once again, being the last to be pinned by HHH who wins the match and the title.


    The next night, Bischoff then makes a #1 contender's match for HHH's title for the Royal Rumble pitting Orton against Batista. Due to a miscalculation, Orton pins Batista and sets to face HHH at the Rumble. With the original planned main event for Wrestlemania 21 happening at the Rumble, fans start to wonder what will actually happen at the biggest event of the year. Orton comes up short once again at the Rumble. Batista takes advantage, wins the Rumble match, turns on HHH and defeats him at Mania for the title all to much fanfare. Orton on the other hand, wallows in a pointless fued with Christian following the Rumble before turning heel again to set up his match with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania and the rest is history.




    So, what do you all think of Orton's 6 month face run? Liked it? Hated it? Killed by bad booking? Is Orton just not cut out to be a "good guy"? Could WWE booking have stretched out the Orton/HHH program all the way to Wrestlemania?


    Me personally, I was very into Orton at this point and thought he was over nicely as a face at first before booking killed him and had to turn back heel.

  2. I thought this was an excellent movie. Very emotional with good performances all around. I loved the story and liked how each aspect of Benjamin's life was layed out perfectly. Nothing felt rushed or dragged. It's a long film but it doesn't feel like it at all. I also agree that the woman who played Queenie deserves some award recognition.

  3. Public Enemies (Depp/Bale. Enough said)

    Watchmen (Probably the best graphic novel ever written. Too curious to not check it out)

    Terminator Salvation (Bale and the Terminator war. Again, too interested.)

    Wolverine (Was sketchy at first but the trailer does look nice)

    Ashecliffe (New Scorsese picture)

    The Taking of Pelham 123 (I'm actually interested in Travolta in the villain role)

    Funny People (Third Apatow flick)

    New York, I Love You (Ensamble cast and directors)

    I Love You, Man (Paul Rudd and Jason Siegal. Enough said)

    Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen going around the world being stupid. How can you NOT want this?)

    The Year One (Harold Ramis is directing but the draw for me is MICHAEL CERA!)

  4. The movie's pretty depressing. A lot of people in the theater were laughing at some very awkward moments in the film and cracked up during a lot of the smark dialouge. Some moments were cringe worthy as well. I'm gonna be quiet now and say it's a very good film just for Rourke's performance and wrestling fans will definatley like it.