In the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, Randy Orton celebrated the 20th anniversary of his WWE debut. The segment was quite chaotic, as several roster members showed up in the ring. Riddle, Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, Ezekiel, Kevin Owens and the Usos joined the party, before Adam Pearce walked in to announce the evening's main event.
The episode ended with a series of RKOs from the Viper, who took part in an eight-man tag team match. The 42-year-old from Knoxville is a 14-time world champion, as well as having won the Royal Rumble match twice and the Money in the Bank once.
On August 15, 2004, at SummerSlam, he became the youngest world champion in WWE history. During the 'Legion of RAW' broadcast on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo criticized the company's over-reliance on Randy Orton's RKO.
Vince Russo opens up on Randy Orton
"When I learned that WWE would be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Randy Orton's debut, I immediately predicted that the Viper would inflict her famous RKO on everyone. If I had wagered some money on that epilogue, I would now be a rich man.
WWE couldn't be more predictable and predictable than this” - Vince Russo analyzed. “The fans in the arena were certainly happy to see that moment, but the spectators in front of the TV enjoyed much less. If you stop and think about it, you realize that that segment was totally meaningless” - he added to the dose.
At the end of the episode, Randy Orton was asked to express an opinion on the return of Cody Rhodes to WWE: “I must admit that it was exciting to share the ring with Ezekiel and Riddle. As for Cody Rhodes, I have mixed feelings towards him.
I don't know yet if I can trust him. He has been back in WWE too recently, after spending several years traveling the world. Only time will let me know if Cody has changed or not”. Speaking on a special episode of The Bump commemorating Orton week, the third-generation superstar recalled how Hardcore Holly helped him become a better performer in his early years.
He noted that Holly picked up on his nervousness and tried to help him. "Well, with Bob, I think the main thing I learned was just kind of how to carry myself in the ring," said Orton. "He was a tough customer, right? So when he came down to the ring, you knew that your hands were going to be full with this guy," Randy said.