Raw Tag Team Champion Randy Orton has discussed what he wants his legacy in wrestling to be and admits he misses AEW star, Bryan Danielson.
The 23rd of April 2022 will mark the twenty-year anniversary of Randy Orton’s televised WWE debut. Since that win over Hardcore Holly on SmackDown, Orton has captured the Intercontinental Title, US Championship, multiple versions of tag team gold, and is a 14 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Appearing on the Out of Character podcast, Randy Orton reflected on his career so far and says he thinks his legacy is his longevity in the ring and says he wishes Bryan Danielson was still a part of WWE:
“I think my legacy is longevity. I think finding a way to do it in a smart way to where you stay true to the things from the era of my father, the art of professional wrestling, not just thinking that, ‘Okay, if I clothesline this guy’s head off, because I was a big, bad linebacker in the NFL, and that’s what’s gonna get me to my next week and get people to buy my t-shirts, and that’s what’s gonna get me over.’ No, we got to do this 200 times a year.”
“I want my legacy to be that I made sure that the guys like Edge, and Seth Rollins, and AJ Styles and, God, I miss Daniel Bryan. I wish he was still here.”
“But these guys that are coming up like Priest, Theory, the Street Prophets, Riddle, these guys that have all the potential in the world. In some cases, like the first guys, I listed, Roman as well, these guys that can work, and they know the art of this business.”
“I want my legacy to be that I was able to, with these gentlemen, take this business to the next generation and make sure that that new wave of talent knows how to do it the right way, staying true to the art of what it is, and making sure that number one priority is taking care of your opponent’s health that you’re in the ring with. That needs to be number one in every case. I think if that’s my legacy, I’m happy with that.”
Bryan Danielson departed WWE when his contract with the company expired at the end of April 2021. 5 months later, The American Dragon made his AEW debut at the end of their All Out pay-per-view and has most recently formed the Blackpool Combat Club with Jon Moxley and William Regal.