Randy Orton has faced a lot of criticism over the course of his career. Over time, the Viper has established itself as one of the best superstars of the modern era, silencing detractors and demonstrating longevity that has few equals in this business.
In addition to being a 14-time world champion, the 42-year-old from Knoxville 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 also won two editions of the Royal Rumble match and once the Money in the Bank. On August 15, 2004, at SummerSlam, he became the youngest world champion in WWE history. Randy is struggling with a back injury right now, which will keep him stationary for some time.
Guest on the latest edition of 'Busted Open Radio', Mark Henry revealed that Orton contacted his son Jacob recently. The latter is in his sophomore year at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Just like his father, he started his journey into sports at a very young age and has already shown flashes of crystal-clear talent.
Randy Orton is a legend
“Randy Orton reached out to my son Jacob on social media. He told him how well he was doing, how proud he was to see him so perky and gave him some valuable advice. It seemed that he was talking to his son.
Thank you very much for this gesture” - said Mark Henry. As part of his now famous podcast, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T spoke extensively about Randy: “People love this version of Orton, but would love to see him back in singles before he retires.
This experience with Riddle has really done him a lot of good, he has worked excellently over the past year. The 'Legend Killer' is in perfect shape and would have no difficulty competing against younger athletes. I really hope WWE puts him back in his natural habitat."
WWE announced that Orton has been consulting with neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. He is currently suffering from spinal problems, although his current absence appears to be more for cautionary reasons. The 20-year veteran has a lot of miles on his odometer, and he's been running pretty hard for a while now.
He's not expected to return for at least a few more weeks, and it's unclear what his role will be when he finally comes back.