Randal Keith Orton, popularly known as Randy Orton, is a well-known American professional wrestler as well as an actor. Having already won the WWE Championship eight times before, he is currently holding the championship for the ninth time as of May 2017. Orton, who has won a total of sixteen championships in the WWE, has also been the winner of significant matches like the Royal Rumble Matches. Making his wrestling debut in the year 2000, he signed with the WWF a year later. Along with training himself, he wrestled with huge stars, appearing in several popular shows as well. Earning popularity for his signature moves such as Corner clothesline, Diving crossbody, dropkick, and gutwrench elevated neckbreaker, Orton became the youngest world champion in the history of the WWE after he won the World Heavyweight Champion at the age of 24. As he progressed through his career, he won several significant championships, such as the OVW Hardcore Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Also an actor, Orton has appeared in a few films and TV shows. He played the lead role in the 2015 American action film ‘The Condemned 2’. He has also appeared in a guest role in the popular American TV series ‘Shooter’.
Childhood & Early Life
Randal Keith Orton was born on 1 April 1980 in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the United States. He is the son of Elaine and Bob Orton Jr., a professional wrestler. He has two siblings, a sister Rebecca and a younger brother Nate, who later grew up to become a standup comedian.
From an early age, Orton displayed an interest in wrestling. However, he was discouraged by his parents, as they believed that it was a difficult career choice. His father used to tell him that a life in the ring meant that he would have to stay away from family for long periods.
Orton attended the Hazelwood Central High School, where he developed his wrestling skills and became an amateur wrestler. He completed his high school in 1998, after which he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. However, he was discharged a year later in 1999 for disobeying orders from a commanding officer.
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Randy Orton made his wrestling debut in 2000. The following year, he signed a deal with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He wrestled well-known stars such as Rico Constantino and the Prototype. Orton, who mostly took part in tag team matches, won the OVW Hardcore Championship twice during this period.
Later, after he made his official WWF appearance in 2002, he fought Hardcore Holly in his first televised match. However, he suffered a shoulder injury around this time, which left him sidelined for a few months.
Once he healed completely, Orton fought with several legendary wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels, whom he managed to successfully beat. He also became infamous for showing blatant disrespect to several reputed senior wrestlers. He gained fame for his move, RKO, a jumping cutter named after his initials, which later became his signature finisher.
After successfully defeating Chris Benoit in July 2004, Orton earned the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Later, after defending it successfully for a few times, he finally lost it to Triple H.
In 2007, at the No Mercy wrestling event, Orton was awarded the WWE Championship for the first time, after John Cena had vacated it due to an injury. Since then, he has won the title a total of nine times.
In 2011, he won the World Heavyweight Championship for the second time, after successfully defeating his opponent Christian.
Orton, who had won the Royal Rumble for the first time in 2009, won it for the second time in 2017. Later, in April the same year, Orton successfully defeated Bray Wyatt, winning the WWE Championship for the ninth time.
As an actor, Randy Orton has appeared in a few films and TV shows as well. In 2013, he appeared in the American action film ’12 Rounds 2: Reloaded’ which starred him in the lead role. Directed by Roel Reiné, the film also starred Tom Stevens, Brian Markinson, Venus Terzo, and Cindy Busby. The film mostly received positive reviews.
In 2015, Orton appeared in the American action film ‘The Condemned 2’, which starred him in the lead role. Directed by Roel Reiné, the film is about a former bounty hunter who is on the run and later finds himself a part of a death tournament. Other actors in the film included Eric Roberts, Wes Studi, and Bill Stinchcomb.
In 2016, he made a guest appearance in the American TV drama ‘Shooter’. The series, which is based on the novel ‘Point of Impact’ by Stephen Hunter, was developed by John Hlavin. It stars actors such as Ryan Philippe, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps, and Eddie McClintock. The series premiered in July 2016. Orton appeared in the fifth episode of the first season, in a guest role, portraying an ex-navy seal and the leader of a militia group.
Awards & Achievements
As of May 2017, Randy Orton was the current WWE Champion, having already won the title eight times before. He has also won the World Heavyweight Championship four times, the Royal Rumble twice, the Seventeenth Triple Crown Champion once, and the OVW Hardcore Championship twice.
In 2008, he stood at No. 1 on the list of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI: 500 list of the PWI Magazine.
Personal Life & Legacy
Randy Orton’s first wife was Samantha Speno, whom he married in 2007. The couple had a daughter named Alanna Marie Orton in 2008. They divorced in 2013.
In 2015, Orton married Kimberley Kessley. In November 2016, they had a daughter who was named Brooklyn Rose Orton.
In 2007, an article was posted by ‘Sports Illustrated’ in which a list of a number of athletes who were alleged to have used anastrozole, clomiphene, citrate, nandrolone, oxandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone was published. Orton’s name was also in the list and he gained some negative publicity.