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Randy Orton


Real Name - Randal Keith Orton
Birthdate - 4/1/80
6'5" 245 lbs. - High Ridge, MO

Athletic Background - Wrestling (High School)

Teacher(s) - Bob Orton Jr.; (South Broadway Athletic Club); Danny Davis, Jim Cornette (OVW Camp)

Professional Background - Indies(`00-`01), OVW(`01-`02), WWE(`02-)

Aliases - none

Groups - Evolution, Legacy

Peak Years - n/a


Finisher(s) - 
RKO (Running Ace Crusher)
- O-Zone (Overdriver)
- Full Nelson Slam
- Flying Body Press
- Wheelbarrel Suplex

Favorites -
- Rope-Assisted DDT
- Snapping Powerslam
- La Reinera Backbreaker
- Rebound Dropkick
- European Uppercutt


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Randy Orton is one of the first top WWE stars to come up through the system in the post-Monday Night Wars landscape.  A third generation wrestler with excellent athleticism, the perfect look and a great sense of performing, it became apparent very early on that Randy Orton had the makings of a top level superstar.  The company originally wanted to push him as a heart throb, but he floundered.  When he was put with Triple H, Ric Flair and Dave Batista in Evolution, Orton found his niche as a heel.  Similar to Tully Blanchard, Orton had a great high school jock arrogance about him that allowed him to get to the next level.  The company gave him a unique push as the “Legend Killer” with him targeting many of pro-wrestling’s most famous stars.  Over the next decade, Randy Orton has bounced back and forth between being a sinister heel and a lukewarm babyface.  Whether he was the “The Viper” heading up Legacy or partnering with Edge in Team Rated-RKO, Orton was a tremendously effective heel and the perfect opponent for faces like John Cena and Triple H.  In recent years, Randy Orton has tried to put his past of drug abuse, sexual harassment and unprofessional conduct behind him.  Although his behavior was befitting of his father’s generation, it probably cost him some opportunities.  The WWE has remained strongly behind him over the years though as he is a consistently solid performer.  He is destined to hover near the top of the cards and will probably do so with a few more runs on top, likely as a heel, for years to come.
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