I understand that not being high on Orton isn't exactly breaking new ground on the internet. However, I was asked by a friend recently to name my three favorite Orton singles matches of all time and it legit broke my brain. Has he ever been a singles match that was definitively better than ***? Because I couldn't think of one. 

Sure.  His match with Edge in 2004 was generally rated at **** or so.  The Benoit match at Summerslam was around that mark.