Randal Keith Orton is a 41-year-old professional wrestler from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is currently with the WWE and performs on Monday Night RAW under the ring name, Randy Orton. He is one half of the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions alongside Riddle. They call their team, “RK-Bro.”
Orton is a third-generation wrestler. His grandfather Bob Orton, father Bob Orton Jr., and uncle Barry Orton were all professional wrestlers.
In high school, Randy was an amateur wrestler and after graduating, he enlisted with the Marines. He was discharged from the Marines in 1999 after going AWOL on two occasions for disobeying an order from a commanding officer.
Orton started his wrestling career in 2000 at Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) and was trained by staff and his father, Bob Orton Jr. He only wrestled for the promotion for one month.
Randy Orton’s WWF Contract
In 2001, Randy signed with WWF (now WWE), working for their developmental brand, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). While wrestling for OVW, he won the OVW Hardcore Championship twice in 2001. He also began wrestling at WWF house shows and dark matches for the remainder of 2001.
Randy Orton’s first televised match was on April 25, 2002 on SmackDown, defeating Hardcore Holly. In September, he was drafted to RAW but within weeks of his draft to RAW, he suffered a shoulder injury putting him out of action for several months.
Orton returned to action and joined the Evolution stable alongside Batista, Triple H, and Ric Flair. He proclaimed himself to be the “Legend Killer” and the future of professional wrestling. It was during this time that he developed his finishing move, “The RKO,” a jumping cutter named after his initials. In December 2003, he defeated Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. He lost the title in July at the Vengeance pay-per-view event.
After losing the Intercontinental Championship, Randy became the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship after winning a 20-man battle royal at the end of July. At SummerSlam, Orton defeated Chris Benoit for the championship becoming the youngest world champion in the WWE at the age of 24.
Randy Orton’s Championships
Randy Orton went on to have 14 world title runs, two runs as a tag team champion and held the United States Championship as well. He won two Royal Rumbles (2009, 2017) and headlined several WrestleMania main events. He formed stables such as The Legacy alongside Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr, and also joined The Wyatt Family.
Randy Orton had several memorable feuds with Triple H, Edge, Undertaker, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, John Cena, Jeff Hardy and others.
Randy Orton Becomes WWE Champion
At Hell In A Cell on October 25th, 2020, Randy Orton defeated Drew McIntyre to win the WWE Championship. On Monday, November 16th’s episode of RAW, Orton dropped the title back to Drew McIntyre in the show’s main event.
Randy Orton began feuding with The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) and defeated him at the December 2020 pay-per-view, Tables, Ladders and Chairs in a FireFly Inferno match. Yet despite his victory of The Fiend, Randy Orton had to deal with the repercussions of his win by dealing with Alexa Bliss (who had aligned herself with The Fiend). Their match ended in a no contest after Orton faced The Fiend in a No Holds Barred match where Alexas Bliss interferred.
At the Royal Rumble on January 31, Randy Orton entered as the second participant and continued his feud with Edge, who entered as the first participant. Due to injuries inflicted on him by Edge, Orton left the match to be tended to by medical personnel without actually being eliminated. Orton returned to the match at the very end to eliminate Edge, but was then himself eliminated. The following night on Monday Night RAW, Orton challenged Edge to one final match to again try and end his wrestling career but was defeated by him due to the interference of Bliss.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Hardcore Championship (2 times)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- RAW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current)
- World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE Championship (10 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- Money in the Bank (2013)
- Royal Rumble (2009, 2017)
- Seventeenth Triple Crown Champion
- Tenth Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Award for Hashtag of the Year (2014)
- WWE Year-End Award for Shocking Moment of the Year (2018)