Randy Orton
Professional wrestler
Randy Orton
Randal Keith "Randy" Orton is an American professional wrestler and actor signed to WWE. Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr. , father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and uncle Barry O all competed in the professional wrestling industry. Before being promoted to the main World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) roster, Orton trained in and wrestled for Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling for a month.
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Royal Rumble live results: Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble
LATimes - 29 days
Live results from the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble in San Antonio. The Royal Rumble We will update after every fifth person to enter the ring 1. Big Cass 2. Chris Jericho 3. Kalisto 4. Mojo Rawley 5. Jack Gallagher No eliminations yet 6. Mark Henry Henry eliminated Gallagher. 7. Braun Strowman Strowman...
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WATCH: Randy Orton Teases Turning on Wyatt Family at Smackdown Live Dark Match
The Huffington Post - 3 months
Thanks to WrestleTalk viewers Alan Pizana and Rogelio Ramirez, here is footage from the dark match after last Tuesday's Smackdown Live - where Randy Orton teases turning on the Wyatt Family with a half-RKO to Luke Harper... More...
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WWE Survivor Series Live Results And Reaction
Forbes - 3 months
WWE Survivor Series results and reaction for Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg and Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown, featuring Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho and more.
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Major Praise For WWE RAW Star, Backstage News On The Brock Lesnar Vs. Randy Orton SummerSlam Finish - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - 6 months
CBS Local Major Praise For WWE RAW Star, Backstage News On The Brock Lesnar Vs. Randy Orton SummerSlam Finish Wrestling Inc. ... - This may come as no surprise but there continues to be big backstage praise on Big Cass. Many within WWE remain very high on Cass and see money when they look at him. More Brock Lesnar - Chris Jericho Details, Lesnar Using Words That Could Get ... Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar facing potential shorter suspensions from USADAMMA Fighting Report: Jon Jones And Brock Lesnar Facing Shorter USADA SuspensionsMMAFrenzy.com Report: Jon Jones, Lesnar Facing Maximum Of One-Year Suspension For Positive TestsMMA News Bloody Elbow all 135 news articles »
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Why Randy Orton Should Beat Brock Lesnar At WWE SummerSlam
Forbes - 6 months
At WWE SummerSlam, Randy Orton will battle Brock Lesnar in a match that is a booking nightmare, and here's why Orton should emerge victorious.
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What to watch for at SummerSlam
ABC News - 6 months
As fully loaded as Sunday's SummerSlam card is on paper, it's difficult to pinpoint one matchup that stands out above the rest as the no-brainer to headline. In this case, that's a good problem for the WWE to have, considering just how deep the roster has become one month after a brand extension and draft divided it in half. The result has been a number of intriguing storylines set to culminate inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which will host the 29th edition of WWE's second-biggest pay-per-view. While a showdown between veterans ? Brock Lesnar? and ? Randy Orton? has the most star power of any match scheduled for Sunday night, and is being pushed most prominently across both Raw and SmackDown Live, the ? rest ? of the card offers plenty of bouts that are more important to the company's immediate future after the kickoff of its so-called "new era." Let's take a look at what's at stake in each match. . ...
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SummerSlam by the numbers: A match-by-match preview
ABC News - 6 months
The 29th annual WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view takes place on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Since the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988, the event has been held in 13 different states, as well as one event each in England (1992) and Canada (2004). This is the second straight year that SummerSlam has taken place in Brooklyn (with at least one more year in Brooklyn guaranteed); the Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted the event from 2009 through 2014. Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton Despite both superstars debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002,? Brock Lesnar?and? Randy Orton?have never faced off at a WWE pay-per-view event. SummerSlam was an important event for both early on in their careers; Lesnar defeated? The Rock?for his first WWE. Championship at SummerSlam in 2002, becoming?the youngest world champion in WWE history (25). Two years later at SummerSlam in 2004, Orton broke Lesnar's record,. ...
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Randy Orton Is Brilliantly Building Hype For Brock Lesnar WWE Summerslam Bout On His Own
Forbes - 7 months
Randy Orton's mic work has been hot fire since returning to WWE. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa examines how The Viper is brilliantly carrying the buildup to his Summerslam bout with Brock Lesnar.
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WWE ‘Extreme Rules’ Matches And Predictions: Will Daniel Bryan Wrestle? Who Will Escape The Cage As WWE Champ?
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
WWE presents Extreme Rules this Sunday, and there are eight big matches on the card. A number of titles are on the line and there is a steel cage, Daniel Bryan’s health, a Russian chain, and even a Chicago street fight to enjoy and wonder about. Let’s check out some predictions to see what may end up happening on Sunday evening. Seth Rollins has everything stacked against him here with Kane guarding the gate (they haven’t been best friends lately) and the steel cage keeping out J&J Security…which obviously means he will retain the title. WWE isn’t taking the belt off of him after just having him cash in a month ago. It won’t be a clean victory, but he’ll escape the cage somehow while Randy Orton gets screwed over. Winner and Still Champ: Seth Rollins John Cena doesn’t need a belt to keep his status, and two losses in a row for “The Bull” would really hurt Rusev. Throwing in the Russian Chain means that this wouldn’t even be a bad loss for Cena. Expect this one to be pret ...
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WWE Raw results: Seth Rollins evades Randy Orton but Bad News Barrett, Neville and Paige steal the show as WWE hits London
The Independent - almost 2 years
John Cena opened the show to a chorus of boos but soon won over the London crowd temporarily by telling them that UK deserves WrestleMania. Bad News Barrett made his way out to the ring to a thunderous ovation as the former Intercontinental Champion challenged Cena to his United States Championship. Barrett was relishing the home advantage with a dominating performance early on.
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WWE: WrestleMania 31 Predictions
isports web - almost 2 years
These are confirmed matches at WrestleMania. I’ll be taking a look at what I think will happen at the big show this year. This is not the official lineup in any way shape or form. Also, I must add that this year’s build has not as been below average to say the least. With that being said this card is still loaded with talent. Kick off show Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs Los Matadores vs The Usos will battle for The Tag Team Titles. This match starts before the actual event. In my opinion WWE has thrown in other tag teams that we the audience don’t care about. It’s not the wrestlers fault, but WWE’s booking and storyline. I do think there will be a couple of cool spots and hot tags in the match. In the end the champs should be able to retain. Winners. Still Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd & Cesaro Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal The match has been moved to the kick off show as well. The match really comes down to a couple of compe ...
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WWE: Final predictions ahead of Wrestlemania 31
isports web - almost 2 years
Wrestlemania is finally upon us. Three nights from now the superstars of the WWE will step into the ring on the grandest stage of ‘em all inside Levi’s Stadium. Rivalries have been building for months, but the time for talk is over. Its either put up or shut up. Im going to take a look at each contest and predict who will walk out of Santa Clara victorious. Pre Show: Fatal Four Way Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (C) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos This matchup has been brewing for a couple of weeks now. Each team has been paired off at one point or another in recent weeks, and tensions have been building. A fatal four way match is the best way to get at these teams in the ring without having to book separate matches. I like what Cesaro and Kidd have done during their run with the belts and would like to see them develop and grow as champions, but their reign is going to be halted by the Samoan twins. Winners and new Champions The Usos Interc ...
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Video: This guy is really upset Batista won the Royal Rumble
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
What you see here is a WWE fan getting really, really upset after watching Batista last eliminate Roman Reigns to win the Royal Rumble match last night (Sun., Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Batista will go on to headline WrestleMania 30 -- maybe -- in a WWE world heavyweight championship match against Randy Orton, and this man is not happy about it. For complete results, reactions, GIFs, pics, videos, and all the Royal Rumble fallout you can handle click here.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Orton
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    On July 19, at the 2016 WWE draft, Orton was drafted to SmackDown, while Lesnar was drafted to Raw.
    More Details Hide Details On July 24, at Battleground, Orton returned as a guest on Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel to be interviewed about his match with Lesnar. Orton said he wanted to face Lesnar to prove that he belongs in the top spot, before hitting an RKO on Jericho. On the July 26 episode of SmackDown, Orton interrupted Intercontinental Champion The Miz during a Miz TV segment before defeating Miz in a non-title match. During Lesnar's promo on the August 1 Raw, Orton appeared and delivered an RKO to Lesnar. The following night, Lesnar attacked Orton during his match on SmackDown, delivering an F-5 to Orton. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Orton by technical knockout after a series of elbows, leaving Orton with a forehead wound which required 10 staples. On the August 23 episode of SmackDown, Orton spoke about his match against Lesnar and declared that he and Lesnar would "cross their paths again", before Bray Wyatt interrupted him. The following week, Orton accepted Wyatt's challenge for a match at Backlash. At Backlash, Orton was attacked backstage by Wyatt before the show and subsequently lost the scheduled match by forfeit. It was later revealed that Orton was not cleared to wrestle at the event due to a legitimate concussion that occurred the previous month at SummerSlam. Orton later battled Lesnar again at a house show in Chicago in a no disqualification match, but lost once more.
    On the July 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Randy Orton was revealed as Brock Lesnar's opponent for SummerSlam.
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    In May 2016, the two were expecting their first child together, Kessler's fourth and Orton's second.
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    In early September 2015, Orton started a feud with The Wyatt Family.
    More Details Hide Details On the September 7 episode of Raw, Orton defeated Sheamus in a singles match. After the match, The Wyatt Family attacked Orton, leaving him out of action. On the September 21 episode of Raw, Orton returned to save Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns from The Wyatt Family, starting an alliance between Ambrose, Reigns, and Orton. On the next Raw, Orton teamed up with Ambrose to take on The New Day in a losing effort. Before the next Raw, Orton was taken out of the Hell in a Cell match after sustaining a legitimate shoulder injury, putting him out of action for the following months.
    In July 2015, Orton got engaged to Kimberly Kessler, and they were married on November 14, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    On the June 9 episode of Raw, The Authority automatically granted Orton a spot in the 2014 Money in the Bank ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but he couldn't regain the title.
    More Details Hide Details On the July 21 episode of Raw, Roman Reigns attacked Orton, which cost him another shot at the title, causing Orton to retaliate the following week by viciously attacking Reigns and challenging him to a match at SummerSlam. At the pay-per-view, Orton was defeated after Reigns kicked out of an RKO, and delivered a spear shortly afterwards, to pick up the victory. At the Night of Champions pay-per-view, Orton defeated Chris Jericho in a singles match with an RKO. On the October 20 episode of Raw, Orton asked The Authority to face the loser of John Cena and Dean Ambrose's No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole match. That match was won by Ambrose, setting up a Hell in a Cell match between Orton and Cena. On the Raw before the event, Triple H revealed that the winner would face Brock Lesnar for a future WWE World Championship match. Later in the night in a 3-on-2 handicap street fight which pitted Orton, Kane, and Seth Rollins against Cena and Ambrose, Orton picked up the win but was immediately Curb Stomped by Rollins. On October 26 at Hell in a Cell, Orton lost the match after Cena pinned him after sending Orton into a table with an AA from the top turnbuckle. The following night on Raw, Orton RKO'd Rollins thus defying The Authority for not controlling Rollins the previous week beginning a face turn in the process for the first time since 2013.
    Orton made his first successful title defense as WWE World Heavyweight Champion on January 26, 2014, at the Royal Rumble, defeating Cena in a rematch after interference by The Wyatt Family.
    More Details Hide Details On February 23 at Elimination Chamber, Orton defeated Cesaro, Christian, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and Sheamus to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship and secure his position in the title bout at WrestleMania XXX against Royal Rumble winner Batista. On April 6 at Wrestlemania XXX, the main event was changed to a triple threat match after Bryan defeated Triple H, and won the match after submitting Batista to end Orton's reign at 161 days. The following night on Raw, Orton and Batista were each denied a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and instead were forced by The Authority to team together to face WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos for the title, despite their issues with one another. The title match ended in a double count-out after the two united and delivered a beat-down to the champions. Later that night, Batista and Orton, along with Kane, attacked Bryan before he was set to defend his title against Triple H. Before Triple H could defeat Bryan, The Shield interrupted by spearing Triple H and taking out Batista, Orton and Kane, causing Bryan to retain his title via disqualification. On the April 14 episode of Raw, Batista, Triple H and Randy Orton came down to the ring to attack The Shield after their 11-on-3 handicap match, using the name and the theme of Evolution. At Extreme Rules and Payback, Evolution lost to The Shield.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    Upon being medically cleared to wrestle after breaking his collarbone in a last man standing match at One Night Stand against Triple H, Orton re-injured his collarbone in a motorcycle accident. On July 30, 2013, he was attacked by a spectator in Cape Town during a WWE tour of South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details WWE stated that the attack was not part of the planned events.
    Orton and Speno divorced in June 2013, having separated in late 2012.
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    On the January 4 SmackDown, Orton declared his entry in the 2013 Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details On the January 11 SmackDown and the January 16 Main Event, Orton was again attacked by The Shield during his matches with Antonio Cesaro. On the February 1 SmackDown, Orton defeated longtime rival Wade Barrett to earn a spot in the Elimination Chamber match. On February 17 at Elimination Chamber, Orton eliminated Mark Henry and Chris Jericho before being the last man eliminated by Jack Swagger. In late February, Orton aligned himself with Sheamus to feud with the Shield. Over the next weeks, Orton and Sheamus saved each other from attacks by The Shield and Big Show. On the March 15 SmackDown, Orton and Sheamus were then allowed to pick a third partner to face the Shield in a six-man tag team match at Wrestlemania 29 an chose Ryback. Three days later on Raw, however, Ryback was booked in another match for the event, leaving the spot open. Later that night, Big Show saved the two from an attack by The Shield and was immediately recruited as their partner. On April 7 at WrestleMania 29, Orton, Sheamus and Show were defeated by The Shield, after which, both men were knocked out by Show. The following night on Raw, Orton and Sheamus faced off in a match to earn a match with Big Show, however, the match ended in a no contest after Show interfered. Orton and Sheamus then teamed up to defeat Show in two handicap matches, first on the April 12 SmackDown via cont-out, and second on the April 15 Raw via pinfall.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    On the January 27, 2012 episode of SmackDown, he returned to the ring and attacked Barrett.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 3 episode of SmackDown, Orton defeated Barrett in a No Disqualification match to end the feud. On the February 13 episode of Raw SuperShow, Orton suffered a concussion after World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan hit Orton with the title belt. Due to the injury, Orton was taken out of his elimination chamber match at Elimination Chamber and was replaced by Santino Marella. Orton returned on the March 2 SmackDown, losing to Bryan by count-out, following interference from Kane, who then attacked Orton after the match. In retaliation, Orton hit Kane with an RKO on the March 5 episode of Raw Supershow, after the latter defeated R-Truth. On the next SmackDown, Orton attacked Kane with another RKO before his match. They later brawled as the show ended. At WrestleMania XXVIII, Orton was defeated by Kane in a singles match. Orton defeated Kane on the next SmackDown in a No Disqualification match and at Extreme Rules in a Falls Count Anywhere match to end the feud.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    Two weeks later, in the 2011 WWE Draft, Orton was drafted to SmackDown and beat Punk in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules, ending his feud with The New Nexus.
    More Details Hide Details On the May 6 episode of SmackDown, Orton received a title opportunity against World Heavyweight Champion, Christian. Orton was successful in defeating Christian to win his second World Heavyweight Championship. At Over the Limit and Capitol Punishment, Orton successfully defended his championship against Christian. In July at Money in the Bank, Orton met Christian in a match where, if Orton got himself disqualified, or the referee made a "bad call", Christian would win the title. Christian spat in Orton's face, causing him to lose control of his temper, kick Christian in the groin and get disqualified. A month later, at SummerSlam event, Orton regained the title when he defeated Christian in a No Holds Barred match. Orton ended his feud with Christian when he retained the World Championship in a Steel Cage Match on the August 30 SmackDown. Orton then began a feud with Mark Henry after Henry became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Over the next few weeks, Henry regularly attacked Orton. At Night of Champions, Orton lost the World Heavyweight title Henry, and failed to regain it two weeks later at Hell in a Cell. On the October 14 episode of SmackDown, Orton received another title shot against Henry after winning a 41-man battle royal, he was successful in winning the match by disqualification but failed to win the title after interference from rival Cody Rhodes.
    Orton lost to The Miz in a title tables match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs and again in a standard match at the Royal Rumble in January 2011, after The New Nexus interfered, starting a feud between Orton and CM Punk.
    More Details Hide Details The next month at Elimination Chamber, Orton lost the a WWE Championship number-one-contender Elimination Chamber match to Cena. Over the next three weeks, Orton punted and injured all members of The New Nexus, Michael McGillicutty, David Otunga and Mason Ryan. At WrestleMania XXVII, Orton pinned Punk after a mid-air RKO. On the April 11 Raw, McGillicutty, Otunga and Ryan returned and cost Orton a number one contender's match for the WWE Championship.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    After a rivalry with Kofi Kingston, Orton won a triple threat match on January 11, 2010 edition of Raw, with help from Rhodes and DiBiase, for the right to challenge Sheamus at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Orton lost by disqualification when Rhodes interfered. After the match, Orton attacked Rhodes and DiBiase. On the February 15 Raw, Orton was again disqualified in a rematch when The Legacy interfered. Orton and DiBiase both competed in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber, where DiBiase eliminated Orton after hitting him with a pipe Rhodes gave him. The next night on Raw, during a six-man tag match, Orton attacked them in retaliation. At WrestleMania XXVI, Orton, now a face for the first time since 2005, defeated Rhodes and DiBiase in a triple threat match. After The Legacy disbanded, Orton unsuccessfully challenged Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules in April. During a number one contender's match for the WWE Championship on Raw, Orton was speared by Edge, costing him the match and setting up a bout at Over the Limit, Orton separated his right shoulder during the match, which ended in a double countout. At Fatal 4-Way in June, Orton lost a fatal four-way WWE Championship match, also involving champion Cena and Edge, to Sheamus. On the July 19 Raw, he won a number one contender's match over Edge and Chris Jericho, earning a match against Sheamus at SummerSlam. Sheamus was disqualified for bringing a chair into the ring, giving Orton the win, but not the title. Immediately afterward, Orton hit Sheamus with the chair and an RKO onto the broadcast table.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    Orton began feuding with the McMahon family on the January 19, 2009 episode of Raw when he confronted both Mr. McMahon and Stephanie, claiming that he was worth more than her, and that she had become "worthless".
    More Details Hide Details This infuriated Mr. McMahon, who demanded that Orton apologize, or he'd terminate him on the spot. As Mr. McMahon was about to fire him, Orton attacked him and punted him in the head, leading to him being carried out of the arena on a stretcher. On January 25, Orton won the Royal Rumble match, last eliminating Triple H. The next night on Raw, Orton claimed that he suffered from IED, and that he was not responsible for his actions towards Mr. McMahon, claiming that he suffered a "loss of control" because of the disorder. He also claimed that WWE knew of the condition, but did nothing, and threatened to sue WWE for that reason, and also, if Stephanie were to fire him, threatened a second lawsuit for breach of contract, due to the fact that he was legally entitled to compete at WrestleMania because he won the Royal Rumble. Though Stephanie teased firing Orton, she changed her mind and said she had "bigger plans", leading to Shane McMahon returning to Raw and attacking Orton. This led to Orton facing Shane in a No Holds Barred match at No Way Out, which he won. The next night on Raw, Orton faced Shane again in an unsanctioned match, which ended in no contest when he punted Shane in the head, thus rendering him unable to continue the match. Stephanie then ran down to the ring to tend to her brother, but Orton attacked her with an RKO.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    He then restarted his feud with John Cena, who had returned from injury to win the 2008 Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of taking his title shot at WrestleMania XXIV, as Rumble winners typically do, Cena took it at No Way Out and defeated Orton, who intentionally got himself disqualified to retain the title. At WrestleMania, Orton retained the WWE Championship in a triple threat match over Cena and Triple H, by pinning Cena after Triple H executed a Pedigree on Cena. The next month, at Backlash, Orton lost the title to Triple H in a fatal four-way elimination match, also including Cena and John "Bradshaw" Layfield. After failing to win it back at Judgment Day, Orton faced Triple H for it in a Last Man Standing match at One Night Stand, which he lost when Triple H countered an RKO by throwing him over the top rope, breaking his clavicle. During this time, he gained a new entrance theme, "Voices", performed by the band Rev Theory.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    After Rated-RKO disbanded in mid-2007, Orton gained two WWE Championship reigns in one night, and at 27, he became the youngest two-time WWE Champion.
    More Details Hide Details He formed the group The Legacy with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in 2008. It disbanded in 2010 and Orton returned to singles competition. From 2013 to 2015, Orton was aligned with The Authority, who named him the "face of the WWE". Overall, he has won 14 total championships in WWE. He is also the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble match and has headlined many pay-per-view events for the organization, including WrestleManias XXV and XXX. Orton was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Bob Orton, Jr. and his wife Elaine. He is the grandson of Bob Orton, Sr. and the nephew of wrestler-turned-musician Barry Orton. He has two younger siblings named Nate and Rebecca. Knowing the hardships of life as a professional wrestler, Orton's parents tried to convince him to stay away from the business, and his father warned him that life in the ring meant a life on the road and away from family. Orton attended Hazelwood Central High School, where he was an amateur wrestler.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    On April 4, 2006, Orton was suspended for sixty days for "unprofessional conduct."
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    WWE has since made a statement on this situation, claiming that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006.
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    Following Armageddon, Orton entered the 2006 Royal Rumble match as the thirtieth and final wrestler, but he was eliminated by Rey Mysterio.
    More Details Hide Details 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 controversial remarks about Eddie Guerrero, Mysterio's friend who had died a few months previously, in an attempt to gain villain heat. Many fans felt the comments were highly distasteful so soon after Guerrero's death in November 2005. 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.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    In November 2005, Orton got engaged to his girlfriend Samantha Speno. They married on September 21, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child, Alanna Marie Orton, was born on July 12, 2008. Orton has a tattoo of his daughter's name on his left forearm, with her birthday initialled beneath in Roman numerals.
    Orton returned to WWE programming for the SmackDown! brand on June 16, announcing that he was the second pick in the 2005 draft lottery.
    More Details Hide Details He rekindled his feud with The Undertaker, defeating him at SummerSlam following a distraction from his father. Two months later, Orton and his father Bob Orton defeated The Undertaker in a Handicap Casket match, after the match Randy Orton and his father Bob locked the Undertaker in the casket and, in a move similar to Kane at the 1998 Royal Rumble, chopped holes in the top of the casket with an axe, poured gasoline over the casket and set it ablaze, kayfabe killing The Undertaker. The following month, Orton was a participant in the annual elimination match of Team SmackDown against Team Raw at Survivor Series. In the match, Orton was the last remaining wrestler in the match for the third straight year., as he pinned Shawn Michaels to get the victory for Team SmackDown. At the event, The Undertaker returned by emerging from a flaming casket and attacking the SmackDown superstars who had come to the ring to celebrate Team SmackDown's victory. On the SmackDown!s episode after Survivor Series, The Undertaker interfered in a match between Rey Mysterio and Big Show after Kane interfered. Randy Orton RKO'd the Undertaker, he then struck the Undertaker with a tire iron and set him on the back of the lowrider Mysterio had driven to the ring, he then reversed the lowrider into the SmackDown set, causing an explosion. The feud was finally settled with a Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon, where The Undertaker offered to retire if he lost.
    Throughout March 2005, Orton taunted The Undertaker, claiming he was unafraid of him.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 21 Raw, Orton turned into a villain once more after he delivered an RKO to his unsuspecting on-screen girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, knocking her unconscious. During Orton's promos, he ran for cover whenever signs of The Undertaker's appearance (lightning, darkness, or smoke) occurred. When legendary wrestler Jake Roberts advised Orton not to underestimate The Undertaker, Orton performed an RKO on Roberts as well. In the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, Orton became more defiant and unafraid of The Undertaker, taunting and assaulting him in the ring following distractions from his father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton. At WrestleMania 21, however, the heavily hyped match was unsuccessful for Orton, as he lost despite his father's interference. The following night on Raw, Orton faced Batista, who had become World Heavyweight Champion. Orton stated on-screen that his match with The Undertaker had aggravated a shoulder injury. While sidelined, Orton appeared on Raw and claimed that he was ineligible for the WWE Draft Lottery due to his injury. He was informed by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon that he was indeed a candidate for the draft, leaving a possibility of a return to SmackDown!
    Orton began an on-screen relationship with Stacy Keibler and briefly feuded with Christian in February 2005.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 28 Raw, Superstar Billy Graham made an appearance, in which he advised Orton to "go where no wrestler had gone before". Orton then produced a copy of SmackDown! magazine, which featured The Undertaker on the cover. Heeding Graham's advice, Orton said he would set himself apart from all other wrestlers by ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
    Orton was granted another chance at the championship in January 2005, but lost a six-man championship Elimination Chamber match to Triple H at New Year's Revolution.
    More Details Hide Details On the January 10 Raw, Orton defeated Batista to earn a match against Triple H at the Royal Rumble for the World Heavyweight title. At the Royal Rumble, Triple H defeated Orton to retain the World title.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Orton, whose championship reign had been ended by Triple H in 2004, agreed, forming the tag team Rated-RKO.
    More Details Hide Details The two became the first to defeat DX since their reunion and quickly dominated the Raw brand's tag team division to become World 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. After losing the tag team titles, both Edge and Orton focused on the WWE Championship, causing friction in the group. They lost a triple threat match against Shawn Michaels to earn a title match at WrestleMania 23. They both competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match at the same event, but the match was won by Mr. Kennedy. Finally, they faced off in a fatal four way for the title against Cena and Michaels at Backlash, however Cena retained the title. Their alliance was effectively ended once Edge was drafted to Smackdown. 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.
    Orton continued to establish himself as a "Legend Killer" throughout 2004, challenging the semi-retired wrestler Mick Foley.
    More Details Hide Details Famed for his hardcore matches and ability to handle excruciating pain, Foley offered Orton a hardcore "Legend versus Legend Killer" match for his Intercontinental Championship. At Backlash, in a bloody match involving thumbtacks and barbed wire, Orton defeated Foley. Two months later at Bad Blood, he retained the Intercontinental Championship against Shelton Benjamin. In July, at Vengeance, Edge defeated Orton to win the Intercontinental Championship, ending Orton's seven-month title reign. After losing the Intercontinental Championship, Orton became the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship after winning a 20-man battle royal on July 26. At SummerSlam, Orton defeated Chris Benoit for the championship. Orton became the youngest person ever to hold the title in WWE history at the age of 24. Benoit congratulated Orton after the match, shaking his hand for showing the ability to "be a man". The following night, after Orton successfully defended the championship against Benoit in a rematch, Evolution threw Orton a mock celebration, only to reveal that they were not pleased with his new victory. While Batista had Orton propped on his shoulders in elation, Triple H gave him a pleased thumbs up and then abruptly changed it to a thumbs-down, which was followed by Batista's dropping Orton to the mat. Ric Flair and Batista attacked Orton in the ring as Triple H revealed his jealousy for Orton's title. He ordered Orton to hand over the championship, but he refused, spitting in Triple H's face and hitting him with the title belt.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    Orton soon defeated Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship at Armageddon on December 14, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details With this win, Orton started the longest Intercontinental Championship reign in seven years, holding the title for seven months.
    In 2003, Orton spent much of his time helping Triple H overcome challenges for the World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Orton joined Triple H in a six-man Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, involved primarily to secure Triple H's title defense, and was eliminated by Goldberg, but the stable managed to fulfill its purpose and Triple H went on to eliminate Goldberg and thus retain his title. Afterwards, Orton proclaimed himself "The Legend Killer", a young upstart who was so talented that he touted himself as the future of professional wrestling. He embarked on numerous storyline feuds with "legendary" wrestlers and gained infamy for his blatant disrespect of many older, well-respected names in wrestling history. With the help of his stablemate and mentor Ric Flair, he defeated Shawn Michaels at Unforgiven in the first of many high-profile matches billed as "Legend versus Legend Killer." Orton then spat in the face of Harley Race on the April 26, 2004 Raw. During this time, Orton began using the move that would become his signature finisher, the RKO, a jumping cutter named after his initials.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In September 2002, Orton was drafted to the Raw brand, where he defeated Stevie Richards in his debut on the show.
    More Details Hide Details Within weeks of his debut on the Raw brand, Orton suffered a shoulder injury, leaving him sidelined for months. While recovering, Orton still appeared on Raw in his own Randy News Network segment, a weekly vignette featuring him talking about his condition. The show interrupted other segments of Raw programming, which caused Orton to slowly transition himself into a narcissistic and self-centered villain. After his injury healed, Orton joined the Evolution stable, which consisted of Ric Flair, Triple H, and relative newcomer, Dave Batista. The group was pushed on Raw from 2003 to 2004, with the height of their dominance occurring after Armageddon in 2003 when all of the men's titles on Raw were held by the members of Evolution.
    Orton's first televised WWF match was against Hardcore Holly on SmackDown! on April 25, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, Orton became a fan favorite and was placed in a series of matches with Holly.
    One of Orton's first official WWF appearances was March 16, 2002 at WrestleMania X8's Fan Axxess, where he was defeated by Tommy Dreamer.
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  • 2001
    Age 20
    He also began appearing on several WWF house shows that were unaffiliated with OVW, the first being on May 1, 2001 when he faced Billy Gunn.
    More Details Hide Details After taking the mic and promising to beat Gunn, Orton was defeated. That fall he began appearing regularly on WWF house shows and dark matches, facing Chuck Palumbo, Steven Richards, and Shawn Stasiak, but mostly wrestling in tag team matches.
    He won the OVW Hardcore Championship twice by defeating Mr. Black on February 14, 2001, and Flash Flanagan on May 5, 2001, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details On several occasions he faced Rico Constantino on combined WWF/OVW events, and also lost to The Prototype (John Cena) in a tag match on July 28 in Jacksonville, IN.
    In 2001, Orton signed a deal with the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky, where he continued his training.
    More Details Hide Details During his time in OVW, Orton wrestled the likes of Rico Constantino and The Prototype and teamed with Bobby Eaton during a tag team title tournament.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    Orton made his wrestling debut in 2000 at the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) in St. Louis, Missouri, an offshoot of the historic St. Louis Wrestling Club headed by Sam Muchnick.
    More Details Hide Details There, he was trained by both the promotion and his father, Bob Orton Jr.. He wrestled for the promotion for one month, where he performed with wrestlers such as Ace Strange and Mark Bland. Orton also refereed a few matches with World Organized Wrestling, a promotion where his uncle Barry Orton worked.
  • 1998
    Age 17
    After graduating from high school in 1998, Orton enlisted with the United States Marine Corps.
    More Details Hide Details At the base, he received a bad conduct discharge a year later after going absent without leave on two occasions and disobeying an order from a commanding officer. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he was tried and convicted under a special court-martial, subsequently spending 38 days in a military prison.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on April 1, 1980.
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