Randy Orton on the importance of his fans

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Randy Orton on the importance of his fans

In his career, Randy Orton has held the WWE Championship nine times, the World Heavyweight Champion four times and the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, the World Tag Team Championship (with Edge) and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship (with Bray once).

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 with Sports Illustrated, The Viper discussed recognizing the importance of his fans.

Randy Orton on the importance of his fans

“You hear this a lot, and it’s very true, because without my fans, I wouldn’t be where I’m at. No matter how hard I tried, no matter how much I respected the business, no matter how many nights I was away from my wife and my kids, none of that matters.

It’s all about how those fans perceive me, and I’m very fortunate to have the fans that I have. I’ve had many ups and downs, some especially high highs and especially low lows, but there are a lot of people that have stuck with me.

I never forget that" - Randy Orton explained. On what he wants to see more of in wrestling, he added: “When you have A-Z memorized, it becomes a choreographed, physical, brutal, violent dance. It can be smooth, and it can look rough, and things can look hard-hitting, but when it comes down to it, slowing down and letting people see what you’re feeling–like someone getting dropkicked in the knee earlier in the match, and then 10 minutes later, you know why he’s limping across the ring.

Selling, selling, selling. All those guys sell, but they need to turn up the selling meter and take a page out of some of these old-school guys’ books. You need to sell. I can’t stand when I see 10 false finishes in a row, where a guy takes a powerbomb and then he’s up and then he’s delivering a knee, and then the other guy ducks, and then it’s boom, boom, boom, boom.

It’s too much. But because these guys are capable of doing it, because the fans are going to chant ‘Fight For-Ev-Er!’. and all that crap, they’re going to keep doing it because they think that’s what they’ve got to do to get that reaction.

But sometimes the fans don’t need to make noise to be reacting. Sometimes they’re sitting and they’re watching with their mouths open, not saying a word, and they’re invested and paying attention. They want to see what you’re going to do or say next.

That’s the disconnect between a lot of the main roster guys and the younger guys in NXT. They’re just hungry, they’re addicted to that chant from the crowd."