Looking at Orton's accomplishments in 2009, it's easy to see why he is the Wrestler of the Year. He won the WWE title three times and held it longer than anyone during the calendar year, main-evented WrestleMania XXV, wrestled in world title matches on 10 pay-per-views and won the Royal Rumble. But beyond his impressive resume, Orton deserves this honor because he consistently delivered outstanding performances (even when the booking at times didn't do him any favors), both in the ring and on the microphone. Orton didn't just play a heel character; he became the character. From his facial expressions, to his body language to the way he walked and talked, Orton was "The Viper." He spent most of the year feuding with two guys he had wrestled numerous times in the past – John Cena and Triple H, but even though the match-ups were rehashes of past programs, Orton still shined. In his feud with Triple H, Orton was involved in two of the most dramatic moments of the year – slapping Vince McMahon and kicking him hard in the head, and attacking Stephanie McMahon and kissing her in front of a handcuffed Triple H while she was unconscious. Orton and Cena engaged in intense, drama-filled matches on three consecutive pay-per-views – an I Quit match, Hell in a Cell match and 60-minute Iron Man match. Orton also used his star power to give a rub to up-and-coming stars Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes.