Randy Orton celebrates 15 years in World Wrestling Entertainment

first_imgOne of the biggest names in the wrestling industry, Randy Orton, completed 15 years in WWE this week. Once known as the ‘Legend Killer’, Orton has come a long way since he first starter back in 2002 and became the youngest world heavyweight champion by defeating Chris Benoit at Summerslam two years later.Orton is still going as strong as ever even after winning 13 World Championship titles during his illustrious career. Ahead of a busy week, Orton reflected upon the past 15 years and what his journey has been like in the industry.How does it feel? It feels like, “Where did the time go?” to be honest. I’ve been around a long time, and it seemed for the longest time like I was the young guy. Now, all of a sudden, I’ve got fans with beards telling me, “I used to watch you when I was a kid.” So, I don’t know what happened to all those years, man, but the little bit I do remember? It was definitely a fun ride,” Orton told WWE in an interview.Orton was in his early twenties when he made his debut in WWF (World Wrestling Federation back in 2002). His debut match was against Hardcore Holly in Smackdown where Orton managed to stun everybody and defeat the veteran wrestler through pinfall. Orton became an overnight sensation after that and was an instant hit with the crowd thanks to his antics in the ring.”I was only 21 or 22 when I had my first match. It was mostly just nerves. I was a good enough athlete and had been trained by good enough people that I had a good sense of what I was doing, but I didn’t have any confidence in what I was doing yet. I was still very young. You’ve got new guys here now – Kevin Owens is “new,” but he’s been wrestling for 20 years.advertisement”When I was new, I was a baby and hadn’t been wrestling long at all. Grew up in the business, but had only been in the ring a few years. So, I just wanted to get from bell to bell in one piece because I knew it was with Bob Holly and he was gonna beat the (crap) out of me. But other than that? What I wanted to leave the fans with? I just wanted to have a good match and not mess anything up,” Orton added.Orton also revealed the valuable piece of advice that he got from his father – WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton Jr. – before entering the industry.”We had a bunch of people my dad used to work with, so he was kind of on the same page with his advice. But one of the things he always told me is, “The only guy you gotta make happy over there is Vince, so don’t have too many people telling you what they want to see from you because you can’t make everybody happy.””I’ve never been very tactful, but it was good to know who I’m here working for and who I need to please. And, as I grew, (it became) the fans. As long as the fans were happy, I knew I’d had a good night, and it didn’t really matter what anybody else thought,” Orton said.last_img

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