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Bray Wyatt interrupts Randy Orton on WWE Smackdown.

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt was one of those WWE feuds you always knew would happen.

I mean, yeah, with 30 programming hours to fill a month, it's inevitable that all of the promotion's upper-carders will feud at one point or another.

But, for a while now, Orton vs. Wyatt has felt especially fated.

Maybe it's because Wyatt and his swampy David Koresh act provides the perfect fodder for Orton's psychotic flirtations. "I hear voices in my head," etc. Wyatt can spend his weekly sermons tempting Orton to indulge said voices, and Orton can max out his wackjob facial expressions as he considers it.

Or maybe it's because they both have spectacularly #outtanowhere finishers. In fact, Orton and Wyatt could prove really complementary opponents. Orton's underrated ring generalship could be the tracks the runaway freight train Wyatt needs, and Wyatt's just the kind of electric presence to keep the defatigable eyes of Orton's audience peeled. 

Or maybe it's because Orton is the guy who wrote off Wyatt's previous persona, Husky Harris, with a punt in 2011. If WWE really wanted to get silly and retcon some sort of long-game story, they'd say Wyatt's been planning revenge on Orton all these years for scrambling his brains and introducing him to Sister Abigail in the first place.

All that potential is on tap as of Tuesday's Smackdown, when "The Viper" and "The Eater of Worlds" finally faced off.

And, for either man, there's never been a better time for this feud.

The aforementioned factors aside, both Orton and Wyatt enter the feud positioned to make it each other's best in a while. Orton came off almost a year on the disabled list noticeably excited to be back, only to get drubbed by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in a match that may or may not have gone the way he wanted. And all he had to show for his efforts was 10 staples in his head.

So he's fresh and he's motivated.

Wyatt, meanwhile, has crept all over the place this year. He sort of feuded with Lesnar while nursing injuries, got embarrassed by The Rock at WrestleMania and abruptly turned face the next night on Raw, only to get hurt. He came back heel, decisively won a feud between his family and The New Day and then, due to the brand split, went solo once again. And the last time he shed his family, he didn't exactly set the world on fire.

So he's fresh and he's motivated.

And, with only two hours a week on the newly rebranded "Smackdown Live," Orton and Wyatt can have the kind of feud that doesn't overstay its welcome with long-winded promos and endless, 50/50 rematches.

For Orton and Wyatt, it's the right feud at the right place at the right time.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


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