By Graham "GSM" Matthews
In my free time in recent months, I've gone back to watch WWE documentaries that I've never seen before. I watched them because I heard good things about them, or because I found them interesting. I hadn't heard much about "Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Viper" DVD set, but I certainly intrigued me, so I checked it out just recently. However, having watched it after already viewing the documentaries of CM Punk, Chris Jericho and Edge, I found this particular DVD to be a bit underwhelming.
It's no secret that Orton's life is essentially an open book, so many of the problems that he has encountered over the course of his career were already common knowledge. I was already well aware of his atrocious attitude from earlier on in his career, so that part of the documentary basically felt like a retread. I had also already heard of Orton's issues with drugs in the past, and they managed to go in-depth with that in the film, but not by much. I found it strange that not much was said about his childhood. Maybe it was because he lived a perfect life being the son (and grandson) of a wrestler and all, so it didn't look like he had to go through much adversity in his adolescent years.
I found it cool that many Superstars on DVD referred to how much Orton has changed over the last decade, especially John Cena made mention of an old Randy and the new Randy. It seemed like he went through that transformation right around the time his daughter was born, and coincidentally enough, also around the time he started to turn face on television. However, the only awkward part of this entire documentary is the many scenes where where Orton stated how his wife (who is absolutely gorgeous, by the way) stuck with him through thick and thin, yet two years later, they have since divorced. I find that to be a true shame, so that definitely affected my outlook on the documentary.
Another thing I didn't like about this DVD was that in between the chronicling of Orton's life/career, the narrator kept going back to present day. Now, around the time this was being filmed, Orton was involved in a feud with CM Punk on the road to WrestleMania 27. The narrator did a good job of making the feud out to be a memorable one, but in hindsight, it certainly wasn't. For those who can recall, Orton dominated Punk and the entire New Nexus for three straight months. It wasn't much of a rivalry at all, as it was more one-sided than anything else.
However, don't get me wrong; there were a handful of things I did like about the documentary. Not all of it was disappointing. The matches featured on the other two discs were well picked and entertaining, so the DVD is worth watching for those alone. The documentary itself, though, wasn't as good as I expected it to be, and that isn't because I'm not a fan of his. While I do like Orton's work, I'm not as big a fan of his as I once was. With all that being said, I wouldn't suggest picking up a copy of this DVD unless you a major fan of Orton's. The matches were solid and fun to watch, but the documentary portion left a lot to be desired.
Should you see this movie? No.