Randy Orton made his professional wrestling debut in March 2000, fighting in the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) for a few months before being sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), at era of development of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Orton discussed wrestling as an art form and how some talent have forgotten that.
Randy Orton on the art of wrestling
“When I was younger, I was bullied, I was picked on.
I know how that feels, so it’s just reversing that and being the bully, knowing what to do or say to get under somebody’s skin. Growing up, my younger sister just hated my guts. I took out being bullied at school on her.
As far as where I get that motivation, I’m not sure there is just one explanation. I feel comfortable being the heel. I’ve changed a lot. In ’09, I had that good run with Triple H, and earlier in my career as ‘The Legend Killer,’ I was still feeling it out.
My answer to everything was to have a very intense look on my face. Clench my jaw, and put it all in the look. I was never a promo guy. The past year, maybe two, I’ve looked at promos completely differently. A promo earlier in my career was something I had to get through so I could have that chance to kill it in the ring.
I wish it didn’t take so long for me to figure out, but the promo, that’s where we tell the rest of the story. I look forward to continuing to concentrate on my promos. There was a lot there I was missing earlier in my career, and I don’t want to miss out on it anymore" - Randy Orton said.
On the art of wrestling, he added : “What we do in that ring is performance art. There is an art form, and that’s lost on some guys. I’ve gone on record that a lot of our younger guys can be a little reckless.
I’ve been around this long, and one of the reasons I’ve been around this long is my style. Although it might be a little slow and monotonous at times, when it comes to telling a story, you have to slow it down… If two guys are going 100 miles an hour, and they never slow down and they never sell, it’s a big fireworks show and I’m not getting any drama,” said Randy Orton.
“I’m not getting invested, and I’m not wanting to see more. When it’s over, it’s over, and onto the next train wreck. It’s too much. Less is more, sometimes. Sometimes you do need to slow it down.
Sometimes you need to slow it down so the cameraman can find your face. When I’m watching the show on TV, there’s never a chance to get in and see what they’re feeling. See the color of their eyes and the small facial expressions that tell a huge part of the story. You don’t get that when it’s just physicality, physicality, physicality”.