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Will The Authority Assist Randy Orton in Defeating John Cena at WWE TLC?

By Tom Clark
December 6, 2013

(image from orton-photos.com)

Randy Orton is headed for a date with destiny at WWE's TLC event on Sunday, December 15. On that night, he will be facing John Cena in a match to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships. This will be a big night not only for the company but for the two men involved, as history will be made in the match.

And the question is will Randy Orton receive an assist from The Authority to win this match?

Randy has essentially been in Triple H's hip pocket from the moment that Hunter helped him win the WWE Championship from Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. Since that night, Orton has been at The Authority's disposal, acting as the pampered champion with an enormous sense of entitlement.

Basically, Orton believes that he deserves to be at the top, that he was bred to be the best in the business.

While there is no doubting Randy's ability in the ring or his ability to get over as a heel, the truth is that it has been somewhat of a surprise to see him portray this kind of villain. Fans are very accustomed to seeing Randy as the Apex Predator, a coldhearted villain that has no regrets and gives no mercy. It's a character that has worked very well for him and generates a lot of heat with fans.

But the Randy Orton we're seeing now is a whiny, spoiled brat who cries at the first sign of not getting his way. He wants protection from The Authority and believes that since he is the WWE champion, that he should have it.

Curiously enough however, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have taken somewhat of a hands-off approach in recent weeks. They decided that Orton should make his own way and prove to them that he indeed does deserve to be called the face of WWE.

To me, this event was very unexpected and uncharacteristic of The Authority in this angle. After all, they are acting as WWE's top heels right now and what better way to get over than to side with Orton, protecting him at every turn?

But choosing to keep their distance did not last long, as their appearance at Survivor Series opened the door for Randy to get the drop on Big Show and ultimately win the match. Could it happen again at TLC?

Will The Authority once again make their presence known at TLC, allowing Orton to walk away with the unified championship?

Again, the behavior of Randy's character in this angle can be very confusing. On one hand, he says he wants protection and because he's the WWE champion, he deserves it. On the other hand, he was upset because The Authority was at Survivor Series and essentially gave him the win over Big Show.

And to make matters worse, during the match's contract signing on the December 2 edition of Monday Night Raw, John Cena spoke very highly of Triple H. In fact, there were moments during that spot when it was easy to forget that Hunter was supposed to be heel.

At the end of the day, all the drama lies in the outcome of this match. The hope among fans is that any confusing storyline points will be rectified and by the final bell, that we will have a new unified WWE champion.

However, the issue of what will happen to Randy Orton in this match is still unknown. I believe that the temptation to help him win will be too great for The Authority, especially considering the alternative. Because the truth is that neither Triple H nor Stephanie McMahon likely want to see John win the championship. He is a Superstar that cannot be controlled and will not be manipulated into serving them.

But Randy Orton is a man who is desperate to keep his WWE Championship. He is also very desperate to win the unified title at TLC. He is a man who feels he deserves to be at the top and that he should have the full support of The Authority in order to keep that spot.

And he very likely will get it.

Right now, the outcome of the title unification match at WWE TLC is unknown. But what is for certain is that Randy Orton will do his level best to win, while keeping an eye open for The Authority at the same time.

But will they be there to lend a hand? 

Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for Whatculture.com and a Contributor for the Camel Clutch Blog

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