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Randy Orton participated in an interview with ESPN.com to promote THQ’s WWE All-Stars video game, which is hits stores next Tuesday on multiple gaming platforms. Highlights are as follows:

His match at WrestleMania XXVII with CM Punk: “I think really the character that Punk has become and the promo that he’s able to cut about having faith and being the leader of the New Nexus and taking advantage of his followers and the way he preaches and talks down to the fans, all of that is Heel 101. That’s the stuff that makes fans not like you.

If his goal is to “steal the show” at WrestleMania XXVII: “There is a lot of star power. Then there is the Triple H vs. Undertaker match with the 18-match streak on the line. There are a lot of things that are intriguing about WrestleMania 27, but I’m hoping when everything is over, people are talking about Randy Orton’s victory over C.M. Punk and the battle that we had.”

The Undertaker vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania XXVII: “I hate to say the obvious, but I think Triple H vs. The “Undertaker is going to be very interesting. The only thing that they don’t have going for them is the amount of time both guys have been outside of the ring the last year.

“But if there’s anyone who has been around and knows what they’re doing, nobody knows better than The Undertaker. And I think no matter what happens, this is going to be one of the most anticipated matches on the pay-per-view.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s return to WWE thus far and what people can expect when they face off this Monday on Raw: “I know them both and I know Cena a lot better than I know The Rock, obviously, but I’ve been in the ring with both cutting promos and wrestling. I have to say, though, talking about the whole ring rust thing, John Cena has had about 2,000 matches in the last seven years. The Rock? A big, fat zero. So when it comes to ring rust, I don’t care what type of athlete you are, and The Rock is obviously an athletic dude, but Cena has been in the ring. He’s been at every show and in every show and making appearances and he has been on the road with the WWE over 300 days a year for the last seven years. The Rock? Virtually nonexistent.

“You see the interviews that The Rock does and he says that he doesn’t want to be known as a wrestler. He doesn’t want to be known as a sports entertainer or a performer with WWE or a WWE superstar. He wants to be known as an actor. Now all of a sudden he’s back in our world telling the fans what they want to hear. He’s telling them, “I promise that I will never go away again. I promise that I’m back for good and that I’m here to stay.” He said that, what, six or seven weeks ago? Have we even seen him live since then? No. Via satellite. I think Cena will own The Rock. I think Cena is wittier and can go off the cuff. Cena writes his own stuff, while The Rock has stuff written for him.

“It just all comes down to who you are in the ring and what kind of performer you are in the ring, and I think Cena is 10 times the performer in the ring that The Rock is. This Monday in Chicago, he’ll prove it.”

The interview can be read here.

source: ESPN.com

  • Howe

    BTW, they did use the moniker “The Rock” for that movie Faster with Billy Bob Thornton…

  • Stockshark

    Wow I thought white men couldnt own black men anymore?

  • M.C.

    @hr, what the hell are you talking about? Not everybody loved hogan, but Paul, the rock did start to get over even when he was a heel.

  • Paul

    Hr, Not true. People hated The Rock, when he fued with Austin. So know what your talking about. People don’t like Cena because he got a deserve push. Just like Triple H.

  • E

    I’m sure cena wrote his own stuff when he was a heel. If the rock would lose in a match to either cena or miz it would be to put them over big time. The rock has done that so many times in the past, look at the matches he had with brock loser, goldberg and evolution at wrestlemania 20. Orton is just ridin cenas dick because he knows cena is gonna be here for awhile and rock will be gone after april.

  • HR

    Cena gears a positive and negative reaction from the crowd and that’s a good thing? If a guy is your biggest draw, then EVERYBODY should love him. EVERYBODY loved Hogan in the 80s. EVERYBODY loved Bret Hart in the early 90s. EVERYBODY loved Austin and The Rock. Now, five year olds love Cena. That’s why ratings have dropped. It is not all about the TV-PG thing, but the actual people performing inside the ring and the arena. The Rock literally brought back the millions of fans that gave up on wrestling when he returned. If you do not believe me, then check the ratings. Cena is cool, but he is not on the level of The Rock.

  • Paul

    The Great one, Thats true but Stone Cold own it. The Rock was good for talking thats it. No Match The Rock ever had was consider great. The Rock was awesome but a true Wrestling fan knows it does not last. Name a Wrestler that has been on up for longer then ten years in wwe. You will say Undertaker and Triple H. Thats a rare. Cena is on top of them to. Like I said people use to say the Rock would not hold anything to hbk. Which is true. HBk can wresle and perform and Cena can Wrestle better than The Rock. I do understand that he does not relate to you because he is gared to kids but to say he can’t stay with the Rock is just stupid and not intelligent by any means. Thank You. Knockout via satellite

  • Bill

    What is upsetting about The Rock is that he left wrestling when he still could’ve stayed. Bret Hart & Stone Cold left because of injuries, HBK retired after 20 yrs., Owen Hart(for obvious reasons R.I.P.), & others, too. If Bret & Austin weren’t injured, HBK was still healthy enough to wrestle, & Owen didn’t die, they’d all be wrestling today. The Rock is perfectly healthy to wrestle, but he doesn’t even want a non-active career in WWE. He said he opened the door for WWE, but has he really? I never tell anyone that I watch wrestling except those who I know also watch it, so Rock has done nothing, I’m not saying he’s a jackass, but that’s a thing people need to consider when they put Rock over Cena.

  • The Rock

    The only reason why Paul makes a point is because The Rock left just when The Rock was starting to become a veteran(ex. HBK, Undertaker), which would basically guarantee a positive crowd reaction & more entertainment. However, The Rock chose movies over WWE, which pissed everybody off. Cena has been dedicated to the business since his debut, & whenever anyone says Cena evokes more emotion thatn any other superstar, they’re right. Not everybody cheers him, but it seems everyone on this site is always talking about him.

  • The Great One

    paul are you fucking high ? Rock was at the top of the game when wreslting was at the top of its game. Rock is widely known by other actual respected stars like austin and jericho as the best ever on the mic. orton is backing cena because he hsa to, and anyone who says that cena has owned rock knows nothing at all.

  • Paul

    Hey guys, Let me break it down for you. First Cena was champion while Brock was there. Lensar was average at best, As for the Rock, You guys get so caught up in the past. The Rock is out dated. Funny thing is I love The rock and The same issue pop up with wrestling fans when he got his push. People would say that hbk would kill the Rock and The only reason he Triple H got a push was because Hbk left. Lol thats a joke. Same was said about hbk and bret hart after Hulk left. Orton is Right. Cena has tore apart the Rock. Take away your bias towards Cena. he has own the Rock so far in there Promos. No one will reply to this comment because they know I’m right. Can’t wait for Mania. Thats a joke to say Orton and Cena what not be on top with out those guys being there. lol you know nothing about wrestling

  • Valo487

    @Bill, I meant that WWE is trying to make them seem like this generation’s Austin and Rock, but they just can’t cut it. They’re very talented taken on their own merits, but compared to the biggest stars of the Attitude era they have no chance of measuring up. K-Mart < Target

  • Legend Killer

    I always thought Rock was given his lines? Having said that, he’s still way more entertaining and can pull it off much better than Cena. Clearly Orton is into the 5 year old humour.

  • The Great One

    lost all respect for orton, he was my favourite star until now, now he cn go fuck off and i hope rock owns cena then goes and owns ortoon AGAIN he did it last time he was here when he owned evolution, mic foley lost not rock, rock owned them all on the mic and in the ring

  • Raziel

    actually ORton would still be where he is because he was on Raw not Smackdown originally. You all realize that you are arguing about whether or not a person as a character adlibs or remembers a script right?

  • http://wrestlingedge alucard420

    Orton is a fool, if Brock Lesnar, The Rock, and Austin did not depart, there would have been no Cena or Orton. plus seriously Cena is no were near on the level of Rock or Austin, and Orton is not even on Cena’s level. Orton you suck.

  • Bill

    @Valo487, that’s true. Plus, Brock Lesnar was originally the new generation, but he left, so after 3 years of nothing, the spot went to Cena. Orton doesn’t make a point about rign rust for The Rock, though. By the way, what did you mean by the K-Mart thing?

  • Valo487

    My phone turned jarhead into harness for some reason.

  • Valo487

    If Cena actually does write his own stuff, then he should walk away from the Rock now while he still has some dignity, because his wannabe harness never give up crap is lame.

    Second, if Orton believes for a second Cena can hold a candle to the Rock on any level, I think we know someone who won’t be passing their wellness policy test soon….

    Seriously, for all the shots Orton and Cena take at the Rock, they should be grateful. Because if the Rock had stayed, they wouldn’t have had a quarter of the success they have had. If Rock and Austin had stayed, who would Orton and Cena be the K-Mart versions of?

  • TG

    I am the biggest Rock fan around I literally cried like a b**** when he lost the WWF/WWE title back to Kurt Angle at No Mercy 2000. Basically same against Austin at Wrestlemania X-7, with that being said Randy Orton is very accurate about some things. I love The Rock to death but he criticized how Stone Cold left though he handed personally problems which he had to take care of. Yes Austin, could have handled it better but even after his retirement he still came back to entertain for his fans. After Wrestlemania X-8 against Hogan The Rock was first caught in his hard place, he just received a bigger film role and Wrestlemania made him feel the generation just switched over. He felt torn how the fans actually booed him but it happens. Cena whether we like him or not bust his ass for the business and even states it doesn’t matter if he is cheered or booed they come to see John Cena at the end so he did his job.The Rock shouldn’t made the statement he never will never leave then on top of that just said couple of years ago he doesn’t want to be called a “wrestler” let alone use “The Rock” persona for movie advertisements. Cena is here to stay and The Rock is not. Now let just end all of this and turn Cena heel at Wrestlemania, so we can cheer him once again.

  • CC

    Orton, you are a cock. The day I believe Cena writes his own stuff and Rocky doesnt, is the day I classify you as interesting.

    You only have to read books by the likes of Foley and Jericho to know that Rock writes his own material, and often works off the cuff.
    Both of those guys have said how when they worked with The Rock, a lot of what was said was spontaneous from all of them.

    At the end of the day, I’ll take what guys like that say over coporate monkeys like Cena and Orton.

  • WWWee

    Orton is just Stone Cold 2.0 and has to talk super fucking SLOW for no reason. His latest viper gimmick is clear proof and his “period” rage movements make him look stupid. Cena….i will not waste my time. The rock…My favorite wrestler growing up, but damn, he flew around the ring like a rag doll when someone did the slightest touch LOL.

  • adam

    No vince destroying the European title is what maide european title people like swagger possible to be world champ. Plus swagger is better then cena. On the mic swagger is god awful but in the ring a million times better then cena.

  • bmiles

    People need to remember, Cena, Orton ,Lesner, and Batista were in FCW at the same time. They came into the biz together. Orton and Cena are supposed to be best friends, so of course Orton is gonna stick up for his best friend. The Prototype character was way better than the Super Cena persona, especially since he was a heel at the time. Orton couldn’t tell the world that his best friend is not as good as the Rock and they still be tight. The funny thing is, Cena’s contract is up this year and if I can recall, he was planning on stepping away for a while and doing what he accuses the Rock is doing. He’s a hypocrite for running his mouth about the Rock when he has been planning the same thing.

  • CM Mark

    Makes you wonder, why all this Cena love from Orton? Oh and Orton, I’m pretty sure you’ll GO TO SLEEP soon!!!

  • Saintsman

    lol. My guess is Cena will say alot of what Randy said about the rock. “you weren’t here” and “you were over there” and “you don’t like WWE”. and the last one i wouldn’t mind him agreeing too. WWe sucks now that Cena is “the man”. he single handedly ruined the biz. Made it possible for European Championship division people like Jack Swagger to be world or wwe champion. The worst person to become champion while The Rock was around was garbage azz Brock Lesnar.

  • Thumper!

    Orton has just lost respect.

  • Moe

    hahahaha… Orton what an Idiot… Rock has his stuff written? Cena is a hack!

  • adam

    Ya cena wont cute a pure promo on rock because it wont be PG. His stuff he used to do the battle raps was actually him i belive. But he will be like rock why are you so mean to me i just try to like you and you hate me. Can i have some fruty pebbles please.

  • The Stone Cold Truth

    Cena does NOT write his own stuff. The crap he talks about is typical Vince babyface promos. If Cena was able to write his own stuff, im sure his promos would come off alot more natural.

    Cena and Rock on the mic this monday is gonna be interesting but my guesses Cena will kiss his ass and Rock will continue to dominate him.

  • adam

    Ya rock is nowere near 10 times the in-ring performer as the rock. Cena has gotten better in the ring but the rock is still better.

  • Justin

    Lol Cena writes his own stuff, eh? I hope he means the raps (which we all love) because if it’s everything else, then I blame Cena for being shit entertainment.

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