Randy Orton on Facing Bray Wyatt, His Finisher and MoreBy Dairyll John (@Dairyll) | March 24, 2017 9:06 PM PST | News, WWE
Randy Orton had an interview with IGN recently. He talked about being a part of The Wyatt Family, the storyline that branched out from it, the popularity of his RKO finishing maneuver and a lot more. Randy Orton will face Bray Wyatt for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 33. You can read some of the highlights of the interview below.
On missing WrestleMania 32
“You know it’s never nice to miss a WrestleMania and that’s the first one I’ve missed since I started here. I think WrestleMania XX would have been my first one, yes, and then I had 12 in a row. Twelve years in a row. So it did suck to miss last year’s but I had an injury and, on one hand, it was kind of nice to go to WrestleMania in that big of a venue — I think there were close to a hundred thousand people there, I’m not positive — but it was great to go because I got to just go there as a fan. I hadn’t really been keeping track of what was going on with the build to the show so it was exciting to see. I brought my family and we had a great time. I got to bring them into the ring on the Saturday before ‘Mania. We took pictures of them posing on the ropes. They’ll never forget that. So that was nice, but it still hurt to miss performing on it.”
On The Wyatt Family storyline
“It’s few and far between when you get an angle with a guy, or guys, and it really carries on for a long time. I’ve had a few in my time. Like with Mick Foley, Undertaker, Shawn, Triple H. And in more recent memory, Seth Rollins and I worked together for a long time. Daniel Bryan. Christian and I. Cena, of course. Whenever you get that four or five months to tell a story, and maybe a title changes hands a few times, whatever you’re doing, you’re married to that guy for that amount of time. And some people may fall off, may lose interest, but I think the biggest mistake we can make is to get scared, get cold feet, and then stop that storyline because we think it’s not what the fans want to see. With the Wyatt thing, when I first jumped ship and joined the Wyatt Family, fans were like “Oh, I’ve seen this before.” They’ve done that before. They’ve kidnapped guys and cast their spells and all that stuff. Daniel Bryan was a member of the Wyatts but that only lasted a few weeks and then he turned on them. So a lot of people, I think, thought this was going to be short-lived and it just started the buzz a little bit.”
On the popularity of his RKO finisher
“[…] I just watched DX against me and Edge back at New Year’s Revolution 2007. And they wanted to watch it because it was a bloodbath. And they wanted to show my wife because she gets uneasy when anything like that happens, of course, but we’re watching it and I hit an RKO at the end of the match and it’s funny because I don’t even remember setting up for it in the manner than I did. It was a decade ago, you know. It was nothing like it is now. It’s a little smoother now, it’s got a bit more finesse. And of course I hit it from a number of various vantage points. As many as I can. But it was funny because I got to see, after three or four years of doing that finish, where I was at with it back in ’07. Now it’s completely taken on a life of its own. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’m able to hit it, yes, out of nowhere, and then also the internet and social media. Whoever started those little memes of me sneaking in and taking someone out with it. Like the guy proposing to his wife and he falls off the deck of a boat or something and there I am. It doesn’t get old. It’s just funny. I think the resurgence that you speak of because of that internet memes and the fans putting me in those videos. So gratitude to whoever started that up.”