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History and Biography of Randy Orton
Date of Birth: 1 April 1980, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Birth Name: Randall Keith Orton
Son of legendary wrestler: Cowboy Bob Orton
Nickname: The Legend Killer
The Man of Destiny
Height: 6′ 5¼” (1.96 m)
Pro debut: 2000
Debut: March 18, 2002
Weight: 245 pounds (111 kg)
Trained by: “Cowboy” Bob Orton,Jr.
Finishing move: RKO
Associates: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes
Career Highlights: WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion and 2009 Royal Rumble winner.
About Randy Orton: Randal”Randy” Keith Orton was born on April 1, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Grandson of all time great wrestlers Bob Orton Sr. and son of “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Randy continue the Legacy of his family in wrestling profession. Randy is the eldest of his two brothers – Becky and Nathan. Randy has completed his graduation from Hazelwood Central High School in 1998. Later he joined the Unite States Marine Corps. After a year he was put into military prison for 38 days for disobeying his commanding officer. Orton gets training from his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Randy made his debut in WWE in 2001. Randy is the youngest to become “World Heavyweight Champion” at age of 24. He has also won World Tag Team Championship teaming up with Edge. This Legend Killer is also winner of 2009 Royal Rumble. Randy was the Ex-Member of group Evolution which consists of Triple H, Ric Flair and Dave Batista. On April 26, 2009, Orton teamed up with Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes to defeat Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon at the 2009 Backlash pay-per-view.
Randall Keith “Randy” Orton (born April 1, 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee), is an American third-generation professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown! brand.
Orton comes from a family of professional wrestlers starting from his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr. His uncle Barry O was also a former wrestler. After graduating from Hazelwood Central High School he was trained by his father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 with the MMWA-SICW in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, and had a match with another St. Louis group, Central Championship Wrestling, with O.G. Stevie B. Not long after, he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling. He debuted on WWE programming in April 2002.
Orton trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, until he was brought up to the main roster. He made little impact as a face on SmackDown! before being drafted to RAW, where he became a heel.
Orton’s heel turn was drawn out over several months. While sidelined with a separated shoulder, Orton launched the “Randy News Network”, a weekly vignette which featured Orton explaining the current status of his shoulder. He also provided an e-mail address by which fans could contact him to express their support (GetWellRandy@wwe.com). His smug, self-centred attitude gradually turned the fans against him.
Upon his return on January 20, 2003, Orton helped Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista beat down Scott Steiner, a rival of Triple H’s. Triple H later called the foursome Evolution. At this point Orton was given the gimmick of The Legend Killer which saw him defeating or humiliating legendary wrestlers and personalities. Orton gained infamy when he spat in the faces of wrestling legends Mick Foley and Harley Race. At Unforgiven 2003 on September 21, Orton defeated Shawn Michaels with the help of Ric Flair.
Orton went on to defeat Rob Van Dam for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Armageddon 2003 on December 14. He became one of the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champions of recent years, holding the title for seven months.
World Heavyweight Champion
On the July 26, 2004 episode of Raw, Orton won a 20-man battle royal to become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. On August 15, 2004 at SummerSlam 2004, Orton defeated the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit by pinfall following an R.K.O. to capture his first World Heavyweight Championship, making him the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion in the WWE at the age of twenty-four. After the match, Orton and Benoit shook hands in which Benoit encouraged Orton to “Be A Man.” The match was held in Toronto, Ontario at the Air Canada Centre.
Orton was kicked out of Evolution the night after winning the World Heavyweight Championship, which the group’s leader, Triple H, believed belonged to him. Orton became a face, and Triple H began feuding with him over the title. Just under a month later on September 12, Orton lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Triple H at Unforgiven 2004. His short reign as World Heavyweight Champion was largely regarded as a dismal failure, in part due to his unwanted and sudden rise to main event status but largely because his face turn was not well received by the majority of the WWE audience, especially as Chris Benoit had clearly been a popular World Heavyweight Champion. Backstage politics by Triple H were also rumoured to have played a part in his short run as champion.
Orton vs Evolution
After being kicked out of Evolution the night after winning the World Heavyweight title, Orton began a lengthy feud with Triple H over the title. Towards the end of October, Orton was in a match where if he lost, he would not be allowed a shot at the title as long as Triple H was the champion, so when Orton was one of the one-night-only General Managers of RAW, he tried to make sure Triple H lost the title, by putting the belt on the line in a Battle Royal.
Orton, along with Maven, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, emerged victorious at Survivor Series 2004 in a match which entitled the winners to each be General Manager for one of the four weeks following the event. On the November 29, 2004, episode of RAW, Orton booked a Battle Royal for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, Vince McMahon overruled Orton, changing the Battle Royal to a number one contender match. Orton also gave Eugene and William Regal a match for the WWE World Tag-Team Championships against La Résistance, and scheduled a lingerie contest between several RAW Divas.
After the World Heavyweight Championship was vacated, Orton was chosen to face Triple H, Chris Benoit, Edge, Batista and Chris Jericho in an Elimination Chamber match at New Year’s Revolution to determine a new champion. Triple H managed to win the match, thus keeping their feud active for a longer period of time. He was later unsuccessful in his attempt to win back the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H at the 2005 Royal Rumble.
The Legend Killer
After Batista’s push began, Orton was marginalized. He began an onscreen relationship with Stacy Keibler and briefly feuded with Christian. After “Superstar” Billy Graham advised Orton to “go where no wrestler has gone before”, Orton challenged veteran SmackDown! wrestler The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 21, making the ambitious claim that he would defeat The Undertaker, thus ending Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak.
This feud saw Orton hitting the R.K.O. on Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who had warned him not to “bite off more than he could chew” by facing The Undertaker. Just two weeks before WrestleMania, Orton cemented his heel status by knocking Stacy out cold with the R.K.O. He went on to slap The Undertaker and assault him following a distraction by his father, Cowboy Bob Orton. Despite interference from his father, Orton was defeated by The Undertaker at WrestleMania 21 after he attempted a Tombstone Piledriver, but was off-balance, enabling The Undertaker to reverse the move into his own Tombstone Piledriver for the pinfall victory.
In storyline terms, a match with Batista the night after WrestleMania aggravated Orton’s shoulder problems stemming from the previous night (in real life he was sidelined for several months while recuperating from his third genuine shoulder injury). The following week, WWE showed footage of Orton undergoing shoulder surgery in a hospital, where he sent Batista a message. Stacy Keibler, watching along with some other RAW divas, stated “Orton got what he deserved.” He made an appearance on RAW on May 16 to talk about he was going to stay on RAW to get revenge on Batista and take his world title during the draft lottery and got in a confrontation with Vince McMahon. While Orton claimed that he could not be drafted to SmackDown! because he’s on the injured list, Vince McMahon cleared the air for Orton by saying “Even those on the injured list are not immune to the draft.”
Orton returned on the June 16, 2005 edition of SmackDown!, attacking The Undertaker and announcing that he had been drafted back to SmackDown! as the second pick in the 2005 draft lottery. On August 4, he challenged The Undertaker to a WrestleMania rematch at SummerSlam, and his challenge was accepted. Orton won his first two matches following his injury, defeating Kamala (with Kim Chee) and Chris Benoit in consecutive weeks, and went on to defeat The Undertaker at SummerSlam following interference from his father. As a result of his wins, Orton became increasingly self-confident, and announced that he was creating a retirement fund for The Undertaker, who was “dead and buried.” However, The Undertaker returned on the first episode of Friday Night SmackDown!, setting the check alight with a mysterious bolt of lightning.
On the September 15 episode of SmackDown!, Orton and The Undertaker fought for a third time. Before the match, Orton and his father attempted to shock The Undertaker by placing a casket in the ring with an effigy of The Undertaker inside. Despite the psychological attack, Orton lost the subsequent match. The following week, the Ortons brought another casket to the ring, containing what was purportedly the Undertaker mannequin from last week. However, while the Ortons cut a promo on the mannequin and claimed to have defeated The Undertaker mentally, if not physically, the mannequin (revealing itself to be The Undertaker in the flesh) caught Orton by the throat and threw him into the coffin. As a result of the events of previous weeks, the Ortons were scheduled to face The Undertaker in a handicap casket match at No Mercy on October 9.
On October 3 edition of WWE Homecoming, Randy and his father appeared and interrupted “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Mick Foley during Piper’s Pit, this caused a confrontation between Randy and Piper who brawled causing Foley and Bob to intervene between the two which ended with Bob fighting Foley. The segment ended with Randy giving the R.K.O. to Piper and inevitably adding “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to the list of legends killed. This later set up a match between Piper and Randy for October 7 edition of SmackDown!, 2 days before the Ortons faced The Undertaker at No Mercy.
Before meeting The Undertaker however, The Ortons would deal with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper when Piper showed up on SmackDown!, and was clearly unhappy with getting RKO’ed by Randy. The two Ortons challenged Piper to a handicap match in which Piper won due to Undertaker’s distraction. While The Undertaker was on the titan tron, four mysterious and dark dressed men approached the ring with a casket in which The Undertaker urged them to take a look inside. When the Ortons did, they were shocked to find two lifelike dummies of themselves resting in peace inside the casket.
At No Mercy, Randy and his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton managed to beat The Undertaker in their first ever casket match, thanks to Bob Orton blinding Undertaker with a fire extinguisher followed by a chair shot from Randy Orton. In an attempt to prove that he is a bonafide Legend Killer, Randy Orton attacked the casket with an axe before setting it alight while believing that The Undertaker was still inside the casket. However, when the flames died down and the casket was opened, Randy and Bob were shocked to find The Undertaker wasn’t there.
On the October 14 edition of SmackDown!, Orton fought Eddie Guerrero to determine the Number One Contender to Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. As Guerrero climbed up to the top rope for his finisher Frog Splash, Bob Orton pushed Guerrero off the turnbuckles and into the ring. As a result of this, Guerrero was declared the winner via DQ.
Orton was scheduled for a Triple Threat match against Eddie Guerrero and Batista on the November 18 edition of Friday Night Smackdown, where the World Heavyweight Championship would be up for grabs. It was predicted that Batista would drop the title to Guerrero because of having to take time away from the ring for injuries. However, after the unexpected passing away of Guerrero, it was unknown what would happen concering the Championship.
The expected Buried alive match between Orton and The Undertaker was called off allowing Orton to take Eddie’s place to join Team SmackDown to face Team Raw at Survivor Series.
On the November 25 edition of Smackdown! it was announced that Orton would face Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship in a No Holds Barred match. With Batista’s future as Champion still unclear because of an injury, it was rumoured Orton may have won the title. The match though ended as a no contest as the Raw roster invaded Smackdown within minutes of the match starting.
At Survivor Series, Orton was once again the sole survivor for the 3rd year in a row as Team Smackdown! defeated Team RAW in a classic Survivor Series match. His victory was however short lived as a returning Undertaker came down and made Orton run out of the ring.
On a special live edition of Smackdown on November 29, Orton gave The Undertaker an RKO, hit him with a crowbar and draped him over the trunk of one of Eddie Guerrero’s lowriders that Rey Mysterio had driven to the ring in honour of Eddie. Orton then started the car and reversed it into the Smackdown set, causing the car and, supposedly, The Undertaker, to catch fire. This angle has already attracted a large number of complaints from fans saying that this was a slap to the face of Eddie Guerrero’s legacy just two weeks after his death.
On the December 2 edition of Smackdown, The Undertaker started playing his usual tricks on Orton, including a casket and striking lightning near Orton whenever he tried to escape from the ring. The feud was finally settled with a Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon, where The Undertaker offered to retire if he lost. On December 16, The Undertaker entered the ring to deliver a promo while one of his druids appeared to be standing in the ring. The Undertaker sustained an RKO from Orton in a surprise attack. The druid revealed himself to be Orton’s father, who gave Orton the Undertaker’s urn, which, according to the storyline, allowed whomever held it to control The Undertaker. The Undertaker, however, beat both Ortons in a Hell in a Cell match, which ended their nine-month-long feud with The Undertaker.
Following Armageddon, Orton entered the January 2006 Royal Rumble as the thirtieth wrestler to enter the match, but he was eliminated by Rey Mysterio. Mysterio won the match and a title shot, and Orton urged him to put the title shot at stake in a match at No Way Out. In the weeks preceding No Way Out, Orton made disparaging remarks about Eddie Guerrero, Mysterio’s friend, in an attempt to gain heel heat. Guerrero’s death had occurred only months previously, and many fans felt the comments were unwarranted and highly distasteful. Orton won at No Way Out, earning Mysterio’s title shot for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22. General Manager Theodore Long re-added Mysterio to the WrestleMania 22 title match, however, making it a Triple Threat match between Orton, Mysterio, and then-champion, Kurt Angle. On April 2, at WrestleMania 22, Orton was pinned by Mysterio, making Mysterio the World Heavyweight Champion and ending their on-screen rivalry.
On April 4, 2006, Orton was suspended for sixty days for “unprofessional conduct.” In an interview, Orton stated, “my conduct was unbecoming of a champion, which is what I will be again when I return”. To cover for the suspension, a faked injury was devised, where Kurt Angle broke Orton’s ankle during a grudge match. In July, Orton said his suspension resulted from smoking marijuana backstage. Orton returned from his suspension in June to the Raw brand, where he engaged in a storyline feud with Hulk Hogan. Orton began cutting promos insulting the aging Hogan and flirted with Hogan’s eighteen-year-old daughter Brooke. At SummerSlam, the two met in a “Legend vs. Legend Killer” match, which Hogan won.
Rated-RKO and the Age of Orton
After the newly reformed D-Generation X (DX) (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) cost Edge the WWE Championship numerous times, Edge approached Orton and asked him to join forces to defeat the team. Orton, whose championship reign had been ended by Triple H in 2004, agreed, forming the tag team Rated-RKO. The two became the first to defeat DX since their reunion and quickly dominated the Raw brand’s tag team division to become tag team champions. As part of the angle, Rated-RKO attacked Ric Flair with steel chairs to enrage DX on November 27. At New Year’s Revolution, Rated-RKO faced DX in a title defense, but the match was declared a no-contest when Triple H suffered a legitimate injury during the match.
With Triple H out of action, Rated-RKO continued their on-screen rivalry with remaining DX member Shawn Michaels. Michaels teamed with John Cena to defeat Rated-RKO for the tag team championship on January 29. Orton and Edge suffered a series of losses to Cena and Michaels in the following months, building hatred towards one another. Edge and Orton also became rivals in their goals of achieving the WWE Championship. Neither Edge nor Orton won the Championship, and they lost their claims as number one contenders after a failed match with Cena at Backlash. Orton then continued his “Legend Killer” persona, attacking Shawn Michaels. Using frequent attacks to the head, including an elevated DDT and a running punt to the face, Orton defeated Michaels at Judgment Day. When the kayfabe wounded and concussed Michaels collapsed in the ring, the referee was forced to stop the match and award Orton the victory. Orton continued his attacks when he engaged himself in feuds with Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, and Sgt. Slaughter.
On the July 23 episode of Raw, Orton was named as the number one contender at SummerSlam for John Cena’s WWE Championship Weeks before their scheduled bout at SummerSlam, Orton attacked Cena on three separate occasions by performing RKOs on him. At SummerSlam, Orton lost the title match to Cena, who pinned Orton after executing an FU. The following night on Raw, Orton demanded a rematch for the title, but his request was declined by Raw General Manager William Regal. Orton then took his demands to Mr. McMahon, who also refused to give Orton a rematch unless he proved himself. That night, Orton interfered in Cena’s match by assaulting Cena and kicking Cena’s father, who was at ringside, in the head. Orton was granted his title rematch against Cena at Unforgiven and won by disqualification when Cena refused to stop punching Orton in the corner. Cena retained the WWE title because a title cannot change hands by disqualification. After the match, Cena’s father, who was again at ringside, kicked Orton in the head. At No Mercy, Orton was awarded the WWE Championship by Mr. McMahon after Cena was stripped of the title due to an injury the previous week, which also ended the Orton-Cena storyline prematurely. Orton then lost the title to Triple H in the opening match of the show, making Orton’s reign the third shortest in WWE history. Later in the night, Orton defeated Triple H in a Last Man Standing match to regain the title, thus becoming a two-time WWE Champion in one night.
Following No Mercy, Orton continued his feud with Shawn Michaels, who made his return on the October 8 episode of Raw and performed Sweet Chin Music on Orton. The two met in a title match at Cyber Sunday after a match was made in which the fans would get to vote on either Michaels, Jeff Hardy or Mr. Kennedy as the opponent. As a result, Michaels was voted to face Orton. In the match, Orton was disqualified when he performed a low blow on Michaels, but Orton retained the title. In a scheduled rematch, Orton successfully defended the title at Survivor Series against Michaels when he performed the RKO on Michaels for the win. The stipulation of the match was that if Michaels used Sweet Chin Music, the match would be stopped and Michaels would never get a chance at the WWE title, but if Orton got himself disqualified, he would lose the title.
After weeks of intensity between the two, Orton defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Following this, he re-engaged in his feud with John Cena, who had returned from injury and won the 2008 Royal Rumble match. Instead of cashing in his title opportunity at WrestleMania XXIV, Cena decided to face Orton for the title at No Way Out. Orton lost the match after getting himself intentionally disqualified, thus retaining the title. At WrestleMania, Orton retained the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match involving Cena and Triple H. Orton won the match by pinning Cena after a Pedigree from Triple H. The following month, at Backlash, Orton lost the title to Triple H in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match, which also included Cena and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. After failing to win the title back at Judgment Day, Orton faced Triple H in a Last Man Standing match at One Night Stand for the title. Orton lost the match and legitimately broke his collarbone.
He made his in-ring return on the November 3 episode of Raw losing to CM Punk by disqualification, after Ted DiBiase, Jr. interfered. As retaliation Orton went on to punt DiBiase in the head. On the December 1 episode of Raw, Orton proposed that he along with Cody Rhodes and Manu form an alliance. The following week, they made it official, by defeating Batista and Triple H, Orton’s former stablemates, in a three-on-two handicap match, dubbing themselves The Legacy. On January 25, 2009, Orton won the 2009 Royal Rumble match, by last eliminating Triple H. On the March 2 episode of Raw, Orton challenged Triple H for the WWE title at WrestleMania XXV. At the event, Orton lost the match. Orton, however, won the title at Backlash, in a six-man tag team match, with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, facing off against Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon.
In November 2005, Orton announced his engagement to his girlfriend Samantha Speno. They married on September 21, 2007. In December 2007, Orton announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child, a daughter. Orton and his wife welcomed Alanna Marie Orton on July 12, 2008.
He had a tattoo on his left arm which read “USMC” for United States Marine Corps but covered it up after receiving a bad conduct discharge from the service. He was sent home after serving thirty-eight days in military prison at Camp Pendleton in California.
Orton suffers from hypermobile shoulders. After being medically cleared to wrestle, after he broke his collarbone in a Last Man Standing match at One Night Stand against Triple H, Orton re-injured his collarbone in a motorcycle accident.