WZ has confirmed via backstage WWE sources that rumors of Randy Orton being pushed back to the top of the card is very much a priority over the next six months.
In addition to focus being put back on the third-generation star, a heel turn for his character is expected. One source even noted the heel turn has been a discussed possibility to happen as soon as this Sunday's Survivor Series.
There has been concern of Orton turning heel because he's been a top face for the Smackdown live events, but we've learned the general internal feeling has changed. Now it seems WWE officials realize a heel turn is probably the best use of Orton's talents and will make him happy personally as he's expressed how he likes to play a heel rather than face. In terms of not having him as a face that sells tickets, we're told WWE realizes Orton as a great heel could help develop a face and mold that talent into a potential big ticket seller.