Yeah he only won it to erase Brock's youngest world champion in the companies history schtick and it showed with how they threw it back on Hunter after a month but is it just me who thinks they could have established a big babyface star with him here? He beat Benoit who despite never being the biggest name on the card was pretty over and well respected by the fans and shook his hand which began his face turn. I've always dug the way he turned, standing up to the dominant man on Raw with HHH it had potential for a big feud but it was horrible. His face turn was cemented here after being dropped by big Dave Batista the previous week. I understand this was after he lost the strap but the crowd seem into him here, the segment was built really well and it shows a glimmer of hope for Orton and HHH going into a long feud which didn't happen until the viper persona some years later. Now he went on to be possibly the 4th biggest full time star of the Cena era behind John, Batista and Punk (?) so it's not like his career completely tailed off after this but judging from these early moments he seemed to be on the verge of greatness which sadly didn't work out. So Randy Orton in 04: Was him winning the title the right choice, without considering how the reign panned out? Should he have kept the title longer? Was this a missed chance to cement him as a legit top babyface some years before he was?