Randy Orton was born a WWE Superstar.
From the moment he was hatched, The Viper walked among the ring’s most revered figures, even calling one of them “dad.” His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, his uncle Barry “Barry O” Orton and his grandfather, the late “The Big O,” Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.
Most kids remember their first ball game or school play; Randy’s childhood memories include sitting in the kitchen of his family’s St. Louis home with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, and repairing a broken banister leaned on by Andre the Giant. He wasn’t even 5 years old when he watched his father knock out “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in the main event at the inaugural WrestleMania.
When he arrived in WWE, Triple H and Ric Flair groomed him early on, welcoming him into their elite faction, Evolution. Under their tutelage, the 24-year-old Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion, although an envious Triple H, who coveted Orton’s championship, attacked his stablemate and jettisoned him from the faction.
The treachery was shocking, but also critical to Randy’s own evolution. In the years that followed, he not only perfected his “Legend Killing” RKO — a signature move named after his initials that has taken out the likes of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan — but he formed dangerous alliances with Edge as half of Rated-RKO in 2004 and with The Legacy’s Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase.
More recently, The Viper has chosen to partner with internal voices stirred by Intermittent Explosive Disorder, a disease marked by extreme outbursts of rage, winning his tenth World Title at SummerSlam 2013 from Daniel Bryan with a shocking assist from special guest referee, WWE COO and longtime rival Triple H. In the months that followed, Orton battled Bryan to be the Champion of Champions and the Face of WWE, becomming the first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion in the process.
With continued help from The Authority, Orton was indeed the Face of WWE heading into WrestleMania 30, where he battled Batista and Bryan in a massive Triple Threat Match for his title. To the amazement of all, Bryan forced Batista to tap out to the "Yes!" Lock to capture the title on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
After temporarily reforming Evolution with Triple H and Batista to unsuccessfully battle The Shield at Extreme Rules and WWE Payback — incredible clashes between two of the most dominant factions in WWE history — Orton now looks to the future. Whether it's viciously attacking Chris Jericho in the trainer's room or trapping Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage, Orton will take out anyone in his way because his sights are set on reclaiming the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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