The Apex Predator. The Legend Killer. The
Viper. These are all menacing names fit for a dangerous man, which is why the are perfect
for Randy Orton. Orton is now a veteran in the WWE and has had a long, illustrious career
filled with major title wins and legendary storylines. He’s certainly lived up to his
legacy as a third-generation Superstar and is cherished by fans despite mostly being
a heel. At the time of this video, Randy is currently out with injury, but he’s set
to return very soon. With that, here is Wrestling Origins: Randy Orton!
Randal Keith Orton was born on April 1st, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was raised
in Missouri with his two younger siblings and his parents. Both Randy’s father and
his father before him were professional wrestlers, Bob Orton Jr. and Bob Orton Sr. respectively,
and Randy’s Uncle is also the wrestler-turned-musician Barry Orton. As you can see, Orton comes from
an extremely talented family. This also meant that from a young age, Orton
new that a career in wrestling came with a ton of trade-offs, like rarely being home
with your family, being on the road year round, and very few days off. Despite Orton’s parents
urging him to stay away from wrestling, Randy simply loved it too much. He grew up around
wrestling and wrestling culture, and even remembers when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and
Andre the Giant used to visit his home when he was a kid.
Orton would first take up amateur wrestling at Hazelwood Central High School in Missouri,
though never pursued it in college. The reason for this? Well, Orton didn’t actually go
to college. After graduating high school in 1998, Randy enlisted with the US Marines.
However, in typical bad boy Randy fashion, he was given a “Bad Conduct Discharge”
just one year after joining. Now this is different from a “Dishonorable Discharge”, as it
is slightly less severe, but not something to be proud of nonetheless. Orton received
his discharge for deserting on two different occasions, as well as for disobeying a direct
order from a commanding officer. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Randy was
tried and convicted by a special court-martial, and proceeded to spend 38 days in a military
prison. Now essentially kicked out of the military,
Orton turned to his family heritage. Randy’s father had taught him the basics, and his
family name carried enough weight that Orton believed he could make it as a wrestler. Orton
made his wrestling debut in the year 2000 at the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern
Illinois Conference Wrestling (who comes up with these names?) after further training
from his father and those at the promotion. He wrestled there for one month, competing
against wrestlers like Ace Strange and Mark Bland, while also refereeing a few matches
for World Organized Wrestling at the same time.
Very soon after Orton agreed to an offer by WWE, which sent him to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
He would continue his training here and would develop as a wrestler. He would have notable
matches against Rico Constantino and The Prototype (AKA John Cena). He would win the OVW Hardcore
Championship fairly quickly by defeating Mr. Black in February of 2001, and once again
from Flash Flanagan in May later that year. Orton would quickly rise the ranks, and would
start competing on house shows in 2001 as well. His first was on May 1st, where he faced
Billy Gunn, though was defeated. From there Orton would compete regularly in house shows
and dark matches, though usually as part of a tag team.
2001 was a huge year for Orton not only for the fact he was rising up in the company,
but also since he was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year, a tremendous
honour. By mid-2002, Orton was working as a wrestler full time for WWE and made his
televised debut on SmackDown on May 31st of that year against Hardcore Holly. It didn’t
take long for Orton to become a fan-favourite, and before long he was shifted over to RAW.
Unfortunately, just as Orton was picking up steam, he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
This would be the start of Orton’s heel run, as he would regularly disrupt the show
to update fans on his medical progress with his special news bulletins.
When he returned in May 2003, Orton was recruited to join up with Triple H, Ric Flair, and Batista
as part of the infamous Evolution. Orton would capture his first title here in WWE on December
14th, 2003, where he defeating Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. Orton
would have a 7-month long reign which was extremely impressive for anybody, let alone
a newcomer. Evolution would become the most powerful stable in the WWE at one point, with
every men’s championship available on RAW held by its members.
During his run as champion, Orton would become known as the “Legend Killer” after defeat
many veterans such as Sgt. Slaughter, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, and even Mick Foley.
Not only did Randy defeat these legends, but he was extremely disrespectful and confrontational,
not to mention cocky and arrogant. Despite this however, Orton defeated many in his fabled
“Legend versus Legend Killer” matches. Orton would reign as Intercontinental Champion
until Vengeance in July of 2004, where he dropped the title to Edge. However, after
losing this belt, Orton quickly became number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship,
the belt Triple H had lost, after winning a battle royal.
At SummerSlam that year, Randy Orton would face Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight
Championship… and won. Orton became the youngest person ever to hold the title in
WWE history at the young age of just 24. Though he earned Benoit’s respect, things didn’t
go over so well with his Evolution teammates. Triple H and the others turned on Randy on
RAW, brutally beating him after a fake celebration of his victory. This would lead to Orton standing
up to Hunter and feuding with his former stablemates. Randy would face Triple H a month later where
he would lose the championship, and would spend months chasing it, only to be defeated
by Triple H on numerous occasions. By 2005, Orton had given up on his world title
ambitions and moved to prove himself by ending The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania.
Though quick to run his mouth about Undertaker, Orton would cower and run whenever he saw
signs of the Deadman. Orton gave it his all, and despite help from his father, The Undertaker
prevailed to go 13-0. After Mania, Randy was sidelined once again with a shoulder injury
suffered during the match, and wasn’t seen again until the WWE Draft Lottery of 2005
where he went to SmackDown and continued his feud with Undertaker. This culminated with
another defeat, but this time in a Hell in a Cell Match.
In 2006, Orton feuded with Rey Mysterio. This feud was memorable as Randy made some controversial
remarks about the late Eddie Guerrero, which many found to be in bad taste. Mysterio would
defeat Orton at WrestleMania 22 in a triple threat match to win the World Heavyweight
Championship from Kurt Angle. In April of 2006, Randy Orton was suspended
for 60 days for “unprofessional conduct”. Straight from the horse’s mouth, Orton said
he had anger problems and had a few outbursts on the road. He also says though that he attended
an anger management clinic where he learned to control himself. Here he also realized
that in many of the situations, he was in the wrong. Orton said that he had developed
a reputation of being a dick and hard to work with, but he’s since gotten better.
Over the course of the next year, Orton would have a notable Legend versus Legend Killer
match with Hulk Hogan in August of 2006, get suspended for violating the Wellness Policy
that same month, form the infamous RatedRKO team with Edge to defeat DX, and defeat Shawn
Michaels at Judgement Day. During this time, Orton became known for his cold, calculated
attacks on other superstars and earned himself the nickname “The Viper”.
In July of 2007, Randy went after the WWE Championship, which meant a feud with John
Cena. After multiple matches that ended in DQ, Orton was awarded the WWE Championship
after Cena vacated due to injury. Orton would go on to lose this title to Triple H promptly,
only to regain it in a Last Man Standing match. Randy would reign as WWE Champion for a while
until he lost the belt to Triple H at Backlash. When he tried to regain it at One Night Stand,
Randy broke his clavicle and was sidelined yet again.
Just as Orton was set to return, he got reinjured in a motorcycle accident. This would delay
his return until September of 2008, where he would criticize all of the champions on
the brand. This led to the tag team champions, Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes, wanting to
earn Orton’s respect. From there, the stable known as Legacy was formed which consisted
of Orton, Rhodes and DiBiase. Legacy would dominate RAW throughout 2009 and 2010.
The best part of this run was his feud with the McMahons in my opinion. Orton would call
out Stephanie McMahon and was nearly fired on-screen, but Orton threatened legal action.
This feud really heated up when Shane McMahon returned and brutally attacked Orton. This
led to a few matches between the two with Orton coming out on top. At one point, Orton
punted Shane in the head leaving him incapacitated, and as Stephanie came out to tend to her brother,
Randy hit her with an RKO. That’s when Triple H got involved.
As it turned out, this was all the master plan of Orton as a way to get back at Triple
H for kicking him out of Evolution all those years ago. According to Orton, Hunter ruined
his life, so he was going to destroy everything Triple H cared about to get even. A lengthy
series of matches ensued which had Orton winning the WWE Championship from Triple H, only to
lose and regain it a few times in this span. By early January, Legacy began having problems
after Orton was disqualified for interference by his protégés. This culminated with the
group imploding and Orton defeating the two in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 26.
Over the next little while Orton would feud with Sheamus, Wade Barrett, The Miz, and CM
Punk, who he defeated at WrestleMania 27. Randy Orton was drafted to SmackDown in the
2011 WWE draft, where he would receive a title opportunity against Christian. Orton would
win, netting him his second World Heavyweight Championship. He would however lose this title
shortly after to Mark Henry. Throughout the next couple years, Orton would
feud with Kane, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and Dolph Ziggler to name a few. Things were
looking good until Orton suffered a concussion at the hands of Daniel Bryan in February of
2012. In May of that year, Randy was also suspended for 60 days for violating the WWE
Wellness Policy once again. By the time December rolled around, Randy was injured yet again,
but this time by The Shield. Orton would return later that month to help
fight off The Shield by helping Ryback and Sheamus. This led to an uneasy partnership
between the Viper and the Celtic Warrior, who along with Big Show faced The Shield at
WrestleMania 29. Here The Shield would prevail, which caused Big Show to knock out his partners.
From there Orton would keep going at The Shield, but wasn’t successful for the most part.
This did lead to a memorable feud with Daniel Bryan though, where Bryan came out victorious.
On July 14th 2013, Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank Ladder match. Just over a month
later, Orton would cash in on the newly crowned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan after Triple H hit
him with a pedigree. This would lead to another uneasy alliance, this time between Randy and
“The Authority”. The Authority would use underhanded tactics
to keep Randy as champion as long as they could, and even allowed him to unify the belts
into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Eventually though, Orton lost it and was unable
to regain it. After some back and forth tension between Orton and fellow Authority member
Seth Rollins, the two had a match where Randy was Curb Stomped and given a scripted injury.
When he returned in 2015, Orton continued his feud with Rollins, which resulted in Randy
defeating him at WrestleMania 31. However, that same night Rollins cashed in to become
the champion, and Randy wanted a shot at the belt, though was unsuccessful on multiple
occasions. In September of 2015, Orton began a feud with The Wyatt Family, and eventually
teamed up with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. However just a short while later, Orton was
pulled from action after suffering another shoulder injury.
Most Recently, Orton has been scheduled to appear at Battleground to talk about his upcoming
return against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and was drafted to SmackDown as per the 2016
WWE Draft. And there you go, Wrestling Origins: Randy
Orton. I know I had to skim over certain sections for the sake of time, so if I left out anything
you think is significant then let me know down below. As always, thanks for watching!