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Randy Orton Discusses His Legacy in WWE, Randy Savage’s Death and More

– World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton spoke with this weekend to promote Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown tapings in the city. The interviewer noted that before the session, WWE’s handler stressed that Orton is a sports entertainer, not a wrestler.

Here are some highlights:

Q: From your perspective, what’s the best and worst part of being a WWE superstar?

A: I’d say the best part of being a WWE superstar is traveling the world, meeting new and different people of all walks of life. I love what I do for a living. One of the things people don’t think about — the travel is good, but at the same time it’s very tiring, and you don’t have an off season like your regular professional football team. I got buddies of mine out swimming with their families in the pool right now. Yesterday they were barbecuing. I was in La Crosse, Wis., you know? I have a wife and a daughter, and I don’t get to see them much.

Q: Your act for the past few years has been being a heel (villain). Do you ever want to be a babyface (hero)?

A: I don’t think I’m a true babyface. I’ve made some slight changes, and the more time that goes by the more changes I’ll make. But technically, I guess, you can call me a babyface because I’m facing other heels most of the time, of course, except for Christian right now. As a heel, I acted a certain way. I did certain things and I wasn’t afraid of getting dirty. But as a babyface, I don’t really want to change too much. Last time I turned in ’04, I tried to change 180 degrees and it failed miserably. So this time, I’m trying to take what I thought people were into about my character as a heel and really just slowly fine tune things instead of making any drastic changes.

Q: What was your reaction to “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s death recently?

A: It was awful. I would hope everyone’s reaction would be somewhere along those lines. Awful, in disbelief, saddened, mortified.

Q: What legacy do you hope to leave behind in WWE?

A: I’ve won every title there is to win, just about, and I think right now my main goal is in the longevity of my career. I’ve been around 10 years, but that’s not really nothing compared to some guys in our business who have been able to stay on top for a long amount of time — like Triple H, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair. I want to be one of those handful of guys who are household names, that when people think WWE, or sports entertainment — whatever the hell they’re calling it now — I want to be at the top of that list. I want to be known worldwide for how good I’m able to perform in that ring.

  • Rucdogg

    I watch Ken Anderson in TNA, the guy sucks, he sucked in WWE. Not to mention he was more injury prone than Orton ever was, so him getting released was more of him sucking than Orton being mad that he damn near hurt him by botching a move. Orton is the best thing going in WWE right now next to R-Truth, and saying he screwed Christian makes me think that you dont know they both are part of a storyline that someone else wrote, just saying.

  • DuffManLovesHimSomeWrestling

    *BREAKING NEWS* Orton got injured(Dislocated shoulder) during this interview. The guy sucks, boring on the mic and in the ring, he is an ass to his fans. Venom, people think of him? Quit kidding yourself, he isn’t nearly as big as you think.

  • erik

    when people think orton they think backstabber. he is reason ken anderson has to work for no pay in tna. he robbed christian who was in wwe for years, back when orton was getting a dishonorable discharge from navy.

  • venom

    Orton is already an 8 time world champion. When people think of WWE they will think of him now. His spot is secured, so give Christian the title.

  • Howe

    “It may seem like I’m playing a semantics game by harping on our word choice, but when attempting to re-brand black women — changing the conversation from “black women are less womanly” to “black women are the epitome of femininity” — everything matters.”


  • He`s awesome, should re-brand him as LEGEND KILLER!
    Why wasn`t asked about it, i would’ve liked to see straight answer.

  • Jehova Don

    we are calling it wrestling, randy.

  • finallythekingjoinsin

    Thats right Orton, whatever their callin it. nobody knows