Orton is the most talented man in his age group (which should be the group that's main-eventing) within the WWE hence he should be the main-event.
There's no harm in helping build young talent but if you asked most people who the WWE's top heel is Orton would be right up there.
I'm an Aussie so yeah I've never been to a live-show. But that's irrelevant, if Cena is SO popular then how come the majority of fans boo him on the shows? If he's so popular it shouldn't matter where he appears.
Cena is not charismic, what about someone who yells when "intensity" is called for and thinks juvenile toilet-humour is funny is charismatic?
I want the most talented/able people, the ones who can actually wrestle a main-event without needing a helping hand from others, to be the headline of the show that's all.
Cena's offence hasn't developed in 4-5 years. He uses the same moves which are all about seeming powerful, sometimes not even bothering to learn how to use them properly (ie the 'hip-toss' that put him on the shelf for 4 months).
Granted move-sets tend to be limited in the ring but at least people like Jericho, Orton, DiBaise, Undertaker, Edge, Swagger, etc know how to technically perform the move so that it's not all about power, and it's also a move that looks nice.
My point about Orton being the future of the WWE is that right now I'd argue the WWE is built around HHH, HBK & Undertaker.
Orton is one of the people who will be one of those cornerstones of the WWE in years to come once HHH, HBK and Undertaker have retired (if he isn't one of the cornerstones already)- he's the right age, he's got the talent and ability, he's massively over (even as a heel).
Cena simply doesn't strike me as someone the WWE can use as a cornerstone.
So yeah it annoys me to have Orton made out as weak and cowardly when he's as vital to the company as their big names.
Okay... if they're not still pushing Cena why was he Superstar of the Year? Why has he hardly been away from the Main-Event except when he's been injured for the last 4-5 years?
Orton's spent time in the mid-card between title runs and main-event fueds but Cena's barely ever there.
I won't argue Cena and Orton that are definitely still young (32 and 29 respectively) but I think Orton is a current cornerstone wrestler for the company. I'd say Swagger, MVP, Benjamin, Morrison, MacIntyre will eventually join him when HHH HBK and Taker (with supporting guys like Jericho) retire. I don't see Cena as possessing those same traits.