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Former WWE Champion returns as a heel at Extreme Rules

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Strangely, the 'extreme' matches taking place at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view weren't the primary focus heading into the event on Sunday night.

Evidently, fans were unimpressed with the card the WWE had crafted together since the conclusion of Money in the Bank.

RETURN RUMOURS

It mainly revolved around the fact that Extreme Rules didn't feature many gimmick matches to live up to the name of the show.

Instead, there was a lot of talk about potential returns taking place in Pittsburgh, instead.

The focus fell on the Intercontinental Championship match between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins.

With Drew McIntyre clearly the main reason why The Showoff retained, it was thought that somebody would return to help The Kingslayer and even the odds.

The most popular name was Dean Ambrose - but the more realistic option was Jason Jordan.

However, neither of those returned.

Instead, a former WWE Champion came out after the United States Championship match had ended, cementing his heel turn once again.

Although the reaction wasn't as loud as you'd expect, Randy Orton came out in what looked to be a tense confrontation with the new champion, Shinsuke Nakamura.

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THE VIPER IS BACK

The King of Strong Style hit Jeff Hardy with a huge low blow, before following it up with a Kinshasa to snatch the United States crown in less than five seconds.

During his celebration, The Viper slowly came out as he stared right at Nakamura, only to turn his attention to Hardy and attacking him in the middle of the ring.

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As expected, fans are ecstatic that the WWE has made the decision to bring Orton back as a heel on SmackDown LIVE.

However, that does mean the only main event faces remaining on the blue brand include AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan - while some would throw Rusev into the mix.

There's no denying that fans have felt that Orton's face run takes a lot away from his character, as he just becomes more boring compared to his brilliant work as a despicable villain.

With Orton a heel once again, it's going to be interesting to see how the WWE lets him loose on SmackDown moving forward.

Then again - The Phenomenal One has always been adamant about having a feud with Orton.

What do you make of Randy Orton returning at Extreme Rules as a heel? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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