Erick Rowan pays tribute to Randy Orton

Randy Orton has been in the professional wrestling business for nearly 20 years

by Simone Brugnoli
Erick Rowan pays tribute to Randy Orton

Randy Orton has been in the professional wrestling business for nearly 20 years and is recognized as one of the best performers ever. 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, making it the tenth athlete in history to have completed the Grand Slam.

As if that weren't enough, he won two editions of the Royal Rumble and the 2013 edition of Money in the Bank. The 42-year-old from Knoxville is experiencing a kind of second youth alongside Riddle, with whom he has formed a wonderful partnership.

Randy is currently in the pits due to a back injury, which may require surgery. In that case, he would be out for the rest of 2022. In an interview with Sportskeeda, former WWE star Erick Rowan expressed his opinion on the Apex Predator.

Erick Rowan praises Randy Orton

"Well, Randy Orton is definitely among the top ten wrestlers of all ages" - began Erick Rowan, who has had the opportunity to work with Orton on several occasions. “I'd put Big John Studd at the top of my chart.

My number two would be Kane and Cyndi Lauper would close the podium. Obviously, it is a subjective ranking, closely linked to my personal preferences” - he added. Diamond Dallas Page echoed: “I am observing with great curiosity the evolution of Randy, whose career is not yet over.

It would surprise me if he didn't make it into the all-time Top 5 once he retired. He is still at the top at 42, having been the youngest world champion in WWE history. There are not many who can boast such longevity. Dusty Rhodes, Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Shawn Michaels come to mind.

Edge is another veteran who surprised me a lot. He not only managed to get back into the ring, but he shocked everyone with his performance." Randy Orton's wife Kim Orton recently shared a hilarious-yet-disgusting story about a moment that Orton shared with a WWE legend.

"He [Randy Orton] told me he was fighting Triple H, and H had a giant snot on his face so Randy was the only f***ing boy (because I would have never done this) who wiped it off H and he rubbed it (signaling to the leg) just to get rid of it. I'm like 'you are a true friend because I don't know if I would have done that.' "

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