Ric Flair compares Randy Orton to himself in his prime

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Ric Flair compares Randy Orton to himself in his prime

In WWE, Randy Orton has held nine times the WWE Championship, four times the World Heavyweight Champion and once each the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, the World Tag Team Championship (with Edge) and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship (with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper), thus proving to be the tenth wrestler in history to complete the Grand Slam; he also won the 2009 and 2017 editions of the Royal Rumble and 2013 of the Money in the Bank, which he successfully cashed in on Daniel Bryan.

On August 15, 2004, at SummerSlam, he became the youngest world champion in WWE history, having won the World Heavyweight Championship at the age of 24 and 136 days. Speaking on The Wrestling Inc Daily podcast earlier today, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair compared Randy Orton to himself in his prime.

Ric Flair on Randy Orton

"Well, I told Randy Orton the other day. I said, 'Randy, the matches I had that everybody likes so well, even though we had millions of them, were when I turned 40. I was 40 years old when Steamboat was 35.

The trilogy, right?' Randy just turned 40. I said, 'You're just turning 40 and you're at the peak, you know,'" stated Ric Flair. "Randy has always been this good, but I think he is into it right now.

He's very, very, very involved with his family to that age that he's wrestled so many people and been in the ring so much that he can call on everything he has seen and experienced and it's right there. He doesn't have to think about it.

He's just that plain good right now. It's like Charlotte but in a shorter sequence of time. I have not spoken to him personally, but I know those tears – the triceps, shoulder – it takes forever to heal. And a thing you don't want to do is, you don't want to rush that cause they're easy to tear again and then it becomes more problematic.

But to be off all that time and to go out there and wrestle for 50 minutes… I predicted Orton would win but Edge was absolutely spectacular" - he concluded. Ric Flair is officially recognized by WWE as a 16-time world champion (8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion), although the number of his world championship reigns varies by source, ranging from 16 to 25. He has claimed to be a 21–time champion.