Randy Orton made his hugely surprising WWE return at Extreme Rules on Sunday night and then shocked all his fans when he turned heel on the show.
Jeff Hardy was about to defend his WWE United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura on the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. However, before the match started Nakamura low-blowed Hardy.
After the referee talked to Hardy, the high flying superstar said he was going to defend his title anyway. The referee called for the bell, Shinsuke kicked Hardy’s head off with the Kinsasha and won the match in four seconds.
As Shinsuke Nakamura stood tall as the new WWE United States Champion, “I Hear Voices In My Head” blared through the speakers and Randy Orton made his long-awaited WWE return.
— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) July 16, 2018
Shinsuke ran and Orton stood in the ring and stared him down. Then, with no warning, Orton turned to Hardy and delivered a huge kick into the nether-regions of Hardy and stood tall as a villain once again.
Randy Orton has been out of action since early this year. In May, the WWE reported that Orton underwent knee surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. He hasn’t appeared at all as he rehabbed his injury.
For most of the last few years, Orton has played the role of the babyface, and while he gets a lot of cheers from fans every time he comes to the ring, he is a better fit as the heel and that is where he now works again.
Randy Orton appeared on Edge and Christian’s podcast last September and made some interesting comments. He said that he was tired of playing the face and wanted to be a bad guy again and might even stop working out so much, allowing him to ease up on keeping in peak physical condition.
“I love it and I’m gonna use that, hopefully sooner than later when I turn heel again because I’m sick of this babyface thing, that’s for sure,” Orton said.
With one kick to the balls of Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules, Randy Orton is finally back to doing what he does best — working as a heel.