On Wednesday, Randy Orton took part in a pre-Backlash media call. Earlier we posted his thoughts on Tommaso Ciampa and NXT earlier but Orton also went into the root causes of his well-documented behaviour issues earlier in his career as well as his thoughts on the over the top ‘Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’ billing that he has been given to his match this weekend with Edge.
Orton has been a part of WWE on screen for almost 20 years, having made his debut in 2002. Having made his debut at the age of 21, Orton’s behaviour in those early years, with the young superstar gaining a reputation for being difficult to be around at times. Orton discussed this on the call and said:
“My attitude when I was in my mid-20s, I think I walked around with a chip on my shoulder. I think it came across as me being stuck up or a narcissist. I think that was kind of cover for me and my insecurities. And you wouldn’t think it but a lot of the guys and the girls in the WWE locker room are insecure. We’re human beings and we’re out there wearing next to nothing every week on live television. You have to really discipline your way of life to be in the good shape, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. In my case, I have a very strong wife, but that wasn’t always the case, I didn’t have somebody like I do now that I could talk to and would value their opinion at home as far as personal things go, so I was kind of lost in my mid-20s.”
Having clearly matured enormously since settling down with a family, Orton was also asked what he sees the future of his career being. It sounds like he is a long way from hanging up the sleeveless vest just yet:
“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and I’ll do it another 10. My plan would be to keep going until my 50th birthday. I would be able to do that and support my family for 30 years because of the way I tell stories in the ring. The facial expression, transitional things, those are the things people remember.”
On the subject of Sunday’s Backlash match with Edge and the expectations being put on them by the tagline, Orton stresses that it is an impossible goal to live up to. A similar tone taken by his opponent. He also touched on a few of the matches that he thinks may be worthy of the now infamous moniker:
“A very popular one that I would agree with would be Austin – Rock, Rock – Hogan, Bret and Austin. There are so many good ones, so many good ones. I personally had an Iron Man Match with John Cena that I consider to be very good, probably 10-12 years ago. There’s so many good matches, and that’s kind of what makes it hard for this Sunday at Backlash with me and Edge. The match hasn’t taken place yet. Before WrestleMania 25, when Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were about to have their first match at WrestleMania, nobody knew going in, ‘Hey this is going to be the greatest wrestling match ever or the greatest match ever.’ After the fact, everybody felt that way, and hell I feel that way too, that match was tremendous. Probably Undertaker – Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25 would stick out. I don’t think there is any such thing as the greatest wrestling match ever, but if you had to pick one, that would probably be at the top of my list.”
Randy Orton faces Edge at WWE Backlash on Sunday, available live on the WWE Network.
Thanks to tjrwrestling.net for the transcription.