Everyone in the WWE Universe is aware of how Randy Orton got repeated opportunities despite his attitude problems as a rookie in WWE. The Viper himself has addressed the issue on several interviews.
There were indeed multiple occasions when any other Superstar in his place would have been fired, but Orton was not.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre shared what he thinks of his current rival’s controversial past.
Drew McIntyre on Randy Orton getting away with “murder”
McIntyre admitted that he was aware of how many chances WWE had given him despite everything. He did not see the worst of it first-hand, but heard stories from other people who did.
“I was obviously aware of it. I didn’t get jealous, I never had that mentality but it was interesting to hear. I never saw it at the worst, I guess – I heard the stories from the people that were there. I saw enough that I spoke about during the promos live on television. There’s a lot of truth to this story, and the things that Randy got away with.”
McIntyre believes that the reason behind that was the talent and in-ring potential Orton showed.
“He says himself, he should have been fired a lot of times. The truth is, he was so good, so talented and had so much potential, that’s why he got away with murder.”
On his WWE comeback
McIntyre himself was fired once from WWE 6 years ago. Despite winning the Intercontinental Championship and a tag team title, he could not tap into his full potential. WWE released him in 2014 after dropping him down the card as part of the 3MB comedy act.
He made an iconic comeback in 2017 on the NXT brand and the rest is history. The story of his return and rise to the top is detailed in the recent Drew McIntyre: The Chosen One documentary on WWE Network.
McIntyre admitted that it was hard for him to watch certain parts, especially his own talking heads.
“It was hard to watch certain parts. I honestly fast forwarded a couple of parts, especially when I’m talking. I wanted to be as open as possible. I told my family and friends, “Don’t hold back. I want this story to be told truthfully… I might be a 6 foot 5, 270lbs hairy Scotsman who looks like he’s fallen out of Game of Thrones or something, but it wasn’t always that way.”
The Scottish Psychopath has been living in the US as a pro wrestler for over a decade now. But even now it feels surreal to him to have his face on WWE merchandise or video games.
“Thirteen years in America doing all this stuff, every single time something comes out with my face on it, it’s surreal to me. It never gets old, it never gets lost on me.”
McIntyre is set to face Randy Orton to defend his WWE Championship yet again at Hell in a Cell on October 25.
"I'm not locked inside the cell with you. YOU'RE locked inside the cell with @DMcIntyreWWE."
— WWE (@WWE) October 6, 2020