WWE legend “The Apex Predator” Randy Orton, who made his return to in-ring action at last month’s WWE Survivor Series: WarGames 2023 Premium Live Event from Chicago when he competed in the Men’s WarGames Match, appeared on Logan Paul’s IMPAULSIVE podcast to talk about a number of topics such as if he was an a**hole at some point in his career.
This is what Randy Orton said:
“Yea. 100 percent. That was like my armor. I was an a**hole I think because I wanted people to respect me maybe? I don’t know. I just know that I grew out of that phase and I thank God that I did. I see like footage that I didn’t know the camera was rolling at that autograph signing and there’s an interaction with a fan and it’s picked up. Now they’re doing this doc on A&E that they’re just kind of finishing up and I’ve seen some of this footage from 10-15 years ago and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s horrible.’ That’s just kind of who I was. It wasn’t coming from a place of confidence. I think it was coming from a place, it was my armor. I was an a**hole and maybe I would get respect that way. Maybe it was a little bit of fear and I took it as respect and either way I was fine with it. Luckily I was given a second, third, fourth chance from Vince McMahon coming up when I would get in trouble or I would have to get sent away for a couple of months or I would have to get fined a second or third time. I just [am] blessed. I am so blessed. I had the right guys in there to kind of yank my ass straight to make sure I was walking a straight line.”
Randy Orton also talked about how WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque is very smart in the pro wrestling/sports entertainment business and how him being in charge is better for the WWE.
This is what Randy Orton said:
“He’s very smart with the business. If you have any questions with wrestling, you go to him and you’re gonna get a good answer…as far as a human being, I went to his wedding. I’ve kind of seen him evolve. He has three girls and his oldest girl is just a few years older than mine so we have that in common. I think recently for him because he had the health scare and everything, I think he realizes how important family time is and that’s one thing that has changed. Back in the day you were missing birthdays, you were missing anniversaries and you were missing holidays. There was really no either way about it [and] you weren’t going to ask for [time] off. Now there’s leniency there. Now, he’ll make sure that you can get home for the birth of your baby or he’ll make sure that you can get home for that birthday because he understands now how important that is. I think company-wide that’s been a change for the better.”
“He was one of the boys. When I was introduced to him when I was 20, he was one of the boys. To me, he will always be more so one of the boys than purely office and I think that’s because I know that I can trust him and that he’s gonna steer me in the right way.”
You can check out Randy Orton’s comments in the video below. H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the above quotes.