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Randy Orton Biography

Randy Orton

While many wrestlers have acquired frightening and mysterious names as they rose through the ranks of professional wrestling, Randy Orton is known by his given name. But that hasn’t kept him from being one of the most successful and popular wrestlers under the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) banner (or any other banner, for that matter).

Orton was born in April 1980 and soon followed the family path of professional wrestling. His father was Cowboy Bob Orton; his grandfather was Bob Orton, Sr. All were professional wrestlers. Even an uncle was part of the pro wrestling world.

Orton first wrestled in the Midwestern United States, including stints in Missouri and Illinois. He won the Hardcore title in Ohio Valley wrestling twice and soon signed with WWE. It didn’t take this U.S. wrestler long to acquire a WWE title, the Intercontinental. This was about the time that he began to gain attention as a “Legend Killer,” primarily because he openly showed lack of respect for wrestling veterans. His approach included members of the Hall of Fame as targets.

Young and Successful

Orton is remembered as the youngest World Heavyweight title holder for winning that championship in 2004, at the age of 24. This prompted his move away from the Evolution stable and began the feuds with former associates that lasted a couple of years. He worked tag-team events with Edge, a partnership that led to the world title. Orton also has the distinction of winning the WWE title twice – in the same evening! He holds six world titles, including five WWE championships. His resume includes the 2009 title at the Royal Rumble.

Orton, now 30, is a native of Tennessee. Though his family tried to point him in another direction, the young athlete pursued a wrestling career. He started his grappling in high school near St. Louis, Missouri and spent some time in the U.S. Marines. Orton, known among the wrestling faithful as something of a bad boy, was discharged from the service for “bad conduct.” His persona isn’t hurt by a month-long stay in the military brig.

Historical Connections

Orton has a history in wrestling that includes both the strong family tradition and the St. Louis tradition. He was active in the wrestling club operated by the legendary promoter Sam Muchnick in the Mississippi River city. He joined the WWE ranks in 2001, first competing in Ohio Valley Wrestling (a minor league for professional wrestlers).

His journey to the top of the professional-wrestling world started in late 2001 and early 2002. He appeared in a TV match in 2002 and was soon one of the favorites among wrestling fans. Injuries slowed him down early in his career but he battled his way back to become known as a villain who was his own favorite person.

As mentioned earlier, he was part of the Evolution group with Ric Flair and others. This led to a lot of exposure on Raw and also to highly promoted matches involving Triple H. He is well-known for the RKO, commonly referred to as a “jumping cutter” move.

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  1. 1.Nazmus Sakib:

    I am Randy Orton’s #1 fan

  2. 2.sricena:

    RKO rulez…



  4. 4.udit:

    rko is a nice wrestler

  5. 5.RKOFAN:


  6. 6.KOPAL:

    RANDY IS BEST IN THIS WORLD…… his entrace song is best

  7. 7.Dylan:

    Massive randy orton fan he is my idol he should be the face of the wwe not john cena

  8. 8.Randy Orton:

    thanx for all your great comments love you loads fans :)

  9. 9.nagarjunan,india:

    you will perform very well i am also #1 fan for you

  10. 10.Brandy THomas:

    Randy Orton you are one of my favorite’s i like to watch you on monday night raw with my mom and we like to watch you win like it when you get mad and you do the viper. can’t wait to see what is going to happen on the next monday night raw.

  11. 11.gobi:

    i am your fan .you are hero on wwe

  12. 12.hadi:

    i like rko

  13. 13.gowtham:

    i am your fan randy and i like u so much u is most popular wrestler and my friends are like u

  14. 14.Raj Ghogale, India:

    Legend killer who traps all the RAW & smack down super star, keep it up Randy one your fan from Mumbai-India !!!!!!!!!

  15. 15.Heather Wagstaff:

    Im randy orton’s #1 fan i love him

  16. 16.Monica nombrana::

    Im #1 fan and your so hot and sexy have a huge crush I always watch wrestling especially when u fight go Randy

  17. 17.kitten:

    Randy Orton is the best i think he could win any body in that locker room

  18. 18.Chloe:


  19. 19.abu james o.:

    love the rko. Its a good finishing move

  20. 20.patricia maikowski:

    randy you have to be one of the best wrestlers on wwe love your rko move.

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