Randy Orton has discussed what he thinks about the ‘RKO Outta Nowhere’ meme going viral a few years ago, and how he says it helped his work in the ring.
Orton was talking about becoming an online sensation with Kurt Angle and Conrad Thompson on The Kurt Angle Show [available via AdfreeShows.com]. Randy Orton says he didn’t know what to make of all the attention at the time but ultimately it took the RKO to new heights.
“I’ve never been the greatest social media guy – I’ll go social media dark for months at a time, sometimes more. And then I’ll have a little fun on Twitter, late night you know or I’ll post some stuff about my wife and kids on Instagram but I guess I didn’t know how to react when all the RKO outta nowhere stuff was happening a few years ago.”
“It took on a life of its own, and it wasn’t one of those things where for a week you saw it, and then it kinda disappeared. It’s been a thing that’s still around, even to this day – not as strong, but I guarantee you someone’s out there doing it now. It helped me, my brand, my finish mean more than it really does. It’s a cutter, I jump up and I fall to my back but it took on a life of its own.”
The Viper then went on to thank those he has finished off with the move for coming up with creative ways to take it. Perhaps the most famous of these was the RKO to Evan Bourne who was attempting a Shooting Star Press at the time.
“I think I really have to credit the talent that I’ve worked with in the ring, that I’ve hit with the RKO. You’ve got guys like Seth Rollins, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, Ricochet, Ali – there’s all these guys that are able to come up with these really innovative ways for me to hit my finish. I think that only adds to the mystique, and that helps people look at it like more than it actually is.”
“And it helps me be the Demon Killer, right? I beat Bray Wyatt, I beat the Fiend with one RKO, you know what I mean, it means something. And for someone’s finish to mean something for this long, no matter how it comes about like I’m very lucky. For whoever started the RKO outta nowhere viral videos – thank you very much.”
Randy Orton also spoke about using the death of Eddie Guerrero as part of his storyline with Rey Mysterio. Orton noted he was not comfortable with that aspect of their rivalry at all.