Randy Orton has recalled breaking down in front of Vince McMahon, explaining that the WWE Chairman has seen him during his darkest periods.
While Randy Orton stands as one of the most respected and highly decorated Superstars on the entire WWE roster, he has openly admitted that his road to the top was far from plain sailing.
By his own admission, The Viper lost his way during the early part of his career which resulted in him being suspended in 2006 for what was described as “unprofessional conduct.” This meant that Orton often found himself on the wrong side of Vince McMahon.
Speaking during a recent interview with metro.co.uk, Orton opened up about his relationship with the WWE Chairman, and how it has evolved over the last two decades.
“Yeah, it’s totally changed over the years. We had a weird – not weird, but a different kind of relationship. Early on, I was getting in trouble a lot and there was a lot of times I had go to the principal’s office.”
“I used to dread it. For some reason, I’d always leave that office and I’d go back to the locker room and I’d be on the show that night. He had no reason to keep me around with some of the s**t that I was pulling. Some of it was just dumb, immature kid sh*t.”
Orton also admitted that during those troubled early years, McMahon saw him at his worst, although he suspects the Chairman saw some of himself in troubled young star.
“He’s seen me in dark periods where I’ve had meltdowns and breakdowns in front of him. I’ve beat my head against the wall in front of him, as a 25 year old man just emotional f**king – “Arrrr!” – not knowing how to express myself.”
“He’s witnessed that in close quarters. I think he sees a little bit of my crazy in him – even if it’s just a little bit.”
Back in the ring, Randy Orton is preparing for a huge six-man tag team match alongside Riddle and Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash. RK-Bro had been due to meet The Usos in a unification match at the event, but on SmackDown the rivalry between the two teams escalated once more.
During the contract signing, Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns got involved and that in turn brought out Drew McIntyre.
The end result is a huge six-man tag team match pitting RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre against The Bloodline featuring Roman Reigns.