As a WWE fan of around 25 years and with an extensive knowledge of the company’s history, I have seen a lot. A lot of good and a lot of bad. A lot of squeaky clean baby-faces and a lot of downright dirty heels. I challenge anyone to find me a more dastardly heel than Randy Orton. Orton burst onto the scene way back in 2002, carving out a hall of fame career littered with its fair share of despicable moments. A pretty controversial figure both in and out of the ring, Orton has certainly given us a lot to talk about over the years and a lot of memorable moments inside the squared circle.
In a mix of shocking, disgusting, memorable and downright dirty moments, join me as I run down my personal Top 10 list of Randy Orton’s Most Despicable Deeds!
The ultimate sign of disrespect.
In a moment that Carlito would be proud of, Orton committed an act that a lot of people deem to be the most disgusting you can inflict on another person. We watched in shock as Orton spat in the face of the hardcore legend Mick Foley and then took it a step further doing the same thing to Harley Race. This led Triple H to demand that Orton handed over his World Heavyweight Championship, Did Randy listen? Hello no! Hunter was the next in line to literally feel the venom of the Viper.
The 2nd dirtiest player in the game.
Remember Rated RKO? One of the most dangerous tag teams we have ever seen with a phenomenal resume to prove their credentials, the tandem took things a step too far when they attempted to cave in Ric Flairs skull. The “Nature Boys” head was “crushed like a grape” after a brutal attack, with Randy & Edge delivering a brutal Conchairto. Arguably the greatest to ever lace his boots, there was surely no better target than Flair for solidifying yourself as the top heel team in the business.
You can’t see him…
Showing that being a great heel doesn’t just come from spitting vitriol into a microphone, Orton would physically decimate John Cena after the leader of the Cenation tore his pectoral muscle in a match with Mr. Kennedy, Orton targeted Cena’s injury after the match, delivering two brutal RKOs along the way and putting Cena on the shelf for a number of months, in turn forcing him to vacate the title that Orton himself would later go on to win. Taking out the ultimate babyface? That’s a sure fire way to solidifying yourself as the top heel in the company.
Setting The Undertaker on fire
If you want to make a name for yourself, who better to go after than The Phenom? Randy and his hall of fame father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, had not long defeated The Undertaker in a two-on-one handicap casket match when Randy sent the ultimate message by setting the casket on fire. If there had been any doubters to Orton labeling himself the “Legend Killer”, they were certainly silenced here.
The girls just keep falling for him…
Way back when, there was a period in time when Randy was actually a believable babyface who you didn’t expect to betray you at a moments notice. This was all set to change though as Orton struck his then-girlfriend Stacy Keibler with the most “out of nowhere” RKO you’ve ever seen. Not content with taking out his better half, Orton would take things to the next level when he gave the Fabulous Moolah a beautiful birthday present – an RKO – in front of her hometown fans.
I’m sure he bought her some flowers too… erm…
The Undertaker’s last ride
Not content with trying to burn The Deadman to a crisp, Orton dragged the legends carcass onto the back of the recently departed Eddie Guerrero’s low-rider, Randy then drove Taker straight through the SmackDown stage in another heinous attempt to kill a legend. While the attack itself was bad enough, this one struck a chord through the WWE Universe. The disrespect on show, using Latino Heats prized possession, elevated Randy to a new level of heeldom. You must be thinking “there’s no way he would disrespect Eddie any further…”
Insulting the legacy of Eddie Guerrero
Well you’d be wrong! How about driving that very low rider out on to the stage? How about reading out offensive quotes from Eddie’s biography? Yep, Orton once again stepped things up and sunk to a level further than we could have ever expected. I will never forget the exact moment when he told Rey Mysterio that Eddie Guerrero was residing in hell and not in heaven. I was absolutely shocked, angry and devastated… all of the things a heel is meant to make you feel. A truly disgusting act that Orton pulled off to absolute perfection.
Ears to you Jeff.
Now this one made me feel a bit queasy, something that doesn’t happen often. During his feud with Jeff Hardy, Orton disgustingly tortured the charismatic enigma by pulling at his ears and spacers for weeks. However, this was taken to the Xtreme (get it?) during their subsequent hell in a cell match when Orton would insert a screwdriver into Hardy’s earlobe and twisted it vigorously. I can still picture the uneasy faces of the people in attendance. This was Orton at his psychotic, deranged best.
Punting John Cena’s father in the head
Ah… The Punt. The most brutal attack In Orton’s arsenal. Rightfully outlawed, the punt kick was responsible for taking out many respected legends. However it found a new unexpected victim after Orton lost his title to John Cena at SummerSlam 2007. Vince McMahon would lay down a challenge for Orton, demanding that he proved himself worthy of another title shot. It was here that Orton would make an impact that sent shock waves through WWE and especially the Cena family.
With John Cena at his mercy, Orton lined up a devastating punt to the head, but to everyone’s surprise he would stop just short of the delivering the fatal blow. Instead, Orton rolled out of the ring, grabbing Cena’s father from over the barricade and punting him in the head at ringside before simply walking away. Calculated, cruel, disgraceful… perfect.
Rated RK… Oh…
Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen the 2020 Royal Rumble yet but… what the hell are you waiting for?
I don’t like to rank peoples misery (yes I do) but I think it’s safe to say that Edge’s sudden retirement in 2011 was the most heartbreaking case of a superstar stepping away before their time. Edge was on top of the mountain at the time, having to relinquish his championship as a result of doctors warning him that further in ring activity could potentially kill him. Nobody saw Edge returning. Daniel Bryan did it sure, but Edge… no chance. That was until the most unbelievable return OF ALL TIME as Edge entered the Royal Rumble match to a thunderous ovation the likes of which you will rarely see.
This past Monday Night Raw saw Edge appear and address the crowd of his situation and his intent to return to active competition. Edge was interrupted by longtime friend and former tag team partner Orton, who hit the ring to welcome home his compatriot. Orton would then tease getting the band back together before striking Edge with one of his famous RKOs. Not intent on betraying one of his closest allies, Orton would deliver another crushing Conchairto to the previously injured and rehabilitated neck of Edge, resulting in some of the most furious heat I have ever heard. What made this so special was Orton’s performance throughout, his face painted with discomfort, despair and doubt. He sold this attack to perfection, showing that even he knew he had gone way too far this time.
So those were my personal Top 10 despicable deeds in Randy Orton’s long and illustrious career. Most superstars would be happy to have 1 or 2 of those over the course of their time in WWE, but I had to cut out at least another 15. Randy Orton has set himself apart and proved himself to be the greatest heel of his generation. Possibly ever other generation before him too.
AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21
AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?
As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.
Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!
#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time
There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…
THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!
I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.
#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic
Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.
People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.
I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.
#3- Overuse of Certain Moves
This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…
Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.
If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.
How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.
That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
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