Matt Hardy, a prominent figure in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), recently hailed Randy Orton as a definitive WWE Hall of Fame legend and one of the greatest of all time (GOATs) in professional wrestling. During the latest episode of his podcast, "The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy," he shared his admiration for Orton's remarkable career and contributions to the sport.
Hardy emphasized Orton's exceptional ability to draw crowds and generate significant revenue, highlighting his particular skill as a heel. According to Hardy, Orton's talent lies in his capacity to evoke strong emotions among fans, driving them to see him defeated.
This unique connection with the audience has led to countless memorable Randy Orton moments, transcending the need for traditional five-star match ratings.
Orton's Unmatched Legacy
Further elaborating on Orton's legacy, Hardy expressed his conviction that Orton is, without question, one of the all-time greats in professional wrestling.
He pointed out Orton's numerous world title reigns, underscoring his status as a legitimate and deserving Hall of Famer. Hardy noted that regardless of the era or context in pro wrestling, Orton's name is bound to be mentioned among the greats.
Hardy also highlighted Orton's consistent performance over the years, which has been a key factor in his lasting impact on the industry. While Orton may not always deliver "five-star" matches in the traditional sense, his ability to tell compelling stories and create memorable match experiences is unmatched.
Hardy concluded by emphasizing that what truly sets Orton apart is the emotional resonance of his matches, particularly when they are part of a gripping storyline. This high praise from Matt Hardy, a veteran and respected name in the wrestling world, cements Randy Orton's status as a first-ballot WWE Hall of Famer and an icon in the history of professional wrestling.
As Orton continues to captivate audiences and contribute to the sport, his legacy as one of the GOATs in pro wrestling is indisputably secure.