Randy Orton recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his WWE debut. His weird and bizarre alliance with Riddle gave a further boost to his career, even though the experts were quite skeptical about it. In addition to being a 14-time world champion, the Viper has won the Raw Tag Team Championship twice and once each the Intercontinental title, the United States Championship, the World Tag Team Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
He has also 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 the history of the federation. At the beginning of his career, the 'Legend Killer' had the chance to work with three authentic monsters of the caliber of Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista, forming the famous 'Evolution' stable.
Shortly after winning the heavyweight title at SummerSlam, he was betrayed by his own companions. Guest on the latest edition of the 'Something to Wrestle' podcast, Bruce Prichard said WWE should have postponed the betrayal of Randy.
Bruce Prichard on Randy Orton
"In hindsight, that betrayal happened too soon" - began Bruce Prichard. “Randy Orton should have enjoyed the world title for longer, instead of facing Triple H right away. Being very young, I think Randy needed a few more months to be fully accepted by the WWE Universe” - he added.
Despite having collected countless awards, the Viper has often been the subject of criticism over the years. Recently, Matt Hardy defended his former WWE colleague with the sword: “I think Randy is a really formidable athlete.
Those who claim that he doesn't work much, that he is listless and that he has an arrogant attitude, know nothing about him and do not know the basics of professional wrestling. When it comes to traditional schooling and storytelling within a match, there is no one better than Orton."
The Viper had mixed feelings on the subject, as he declared that he has trouble effectively articulating himself to new talent: "I don’t really think I’d be a good coach because I would start to just ramble," Randy Orton said.
"It’s almost like I don’t know how to articulate myself to a group of green guys that are coming into the business that need to learn the basics. If there were three, four or five guys, a small group, and if we could go and talk and sit in the ring.
If it could be like close quarters, just a small group of people where we’re not doing drills and stuff, but just talking and maybe watching tape, I think I’d be good in that aspect."