After 20 years in WWE, Randy Orton isn’t planning on retiring any time soon.
On the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, Randy Orton celebrated 20 years since his WWE debut on the April 25th, 2002 episode of SmackDown where he defeated Hardcore Holly. Orton thanked a number of people for helping make his career as successful as it’s been, including John Cena, Triple H, The Undertaker, and Mick Foley. The Hardcore Legend later took to social media to thank Orton for his kind words.
Randy Orton, who celebrated his 42nd birthday on April 1st, said in a recent video on WWE’s YouTube channel that his legacy will be having a career longer than anyone else, specifically longer than Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
“A lot of people ask me what my legacy’ll be. I think, if you’re talking WWE more specifically, my legacy will be that I was the next guy – after The Undertaker – that was the only person that never went anywhere else, and had more matches, more titles, more accolades.
“I don’t care if Roman Reigns… I’m sure he’s got Dwayne Johnson’s agent’s number on speed dial. Roman will be in Hollywood, I’ll still be here.
“I’m in my prime, ladies and gentlemen. I got a long way to go. My legacy will be that I did it longer than anybody.”
In a January interview with Metro UK, Orton spoke about when he plans to retire. As he’s targeted retirement at age 50, he still has a number of years ahead of him to cement his already WWE Hall of Fame-worthy legacy.
“I’m 41, by the time I’m 50, I think I’m done. I’ll do auditions every once in awhile, but I almost only do them because my wife says, ‘Do them because what if you don’t and then you’ll wonder what if you did.'”
Randy Orton is a current Raw Tag Team Champion alongside his tag team partner Riddle. The pair will face SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos at WrestleMania Backlash in a title unification match.