Randy Orton recently opened up about how he got rid of his tendency to “get silly” and work with Edge in a conversation with Pat McAfee. Orton appeared on the McAfee show and you can check out some of the highlights below, by Fighter:
On what got him out of “half ass” mode: “The people I work with. That started to change for me years ago, just because I was maturing, becoming a father and everything but my adversaries. Working with Edge two years ago, right at the time of the pandemic, it was just before COVID, we started working. Bringing Edge back and having this person who kind of mentored me and looked up to, this big brother that I haven’t had in a decade. Now all of a sudden I have this guy, ‘Can you help me with this?’ Instead of everyone coming up to me or feeling like I have no one to talk to, I now have Edge, who is probably one of the best minds in the business I’ve had the chance to be in the ring. He helped me turn things around because he had this old school mentality and he knew how to work and he wasn’t taught that “when the red light is on, skim the shit off the guy “.
On protecting your opponent: “There is an art to what we do and a lot of guys have lost that art. Instead of selling a punch because you need to sell a punch, now I’m protecting myself because I don’t want to break my jaw. It is sad. The art of professional wrestling…when Vince (McMahon) was on (McAfee’s Show), he talked about the number one priority, above all else, protecting your opponent. It’s not necessarily taught in NXT. I know that because I’ve been in the ring with guys from NXT and they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s unfortunate. That’s how things change.
“Edge, I knew I could trust this guy and give this guy my body in the ring and I don’t have to, in the back of my mind, worry that he only cares about looking cool in the ring and knocking the f**k out of me and taking my head off he knows i know how to work and when he hits me i’m gonna sell and react and make him bigger he doesn’t have to hurt me. The right way to do things in the ring, in terms of longevity. There’s a reason I did it for 20 years and I will do it another 10 years and I want everyone to put food on the table and put their clothes on their backs and take care of their families for 10, 20, 30 years but they can’t because they’re gonna be screwed I’m trying to preach this If I’m able to think about what’s going on in the moment and not worry about “here’s this fucking guy, I don’t know where he’s from”, because you have to protect yourself.
Working with Edge and Bray Wyatt: “Edge made me realize that I can spend 45 minutes with a guy who knows what he’s doing. Where are these other guys who know what they’re doing? They started to come up. Bray Wyatt was there, I worked with him, it was a little weird. There were issues where I think he couldn’t do certain things in the ring for a while. It got weird, but he has a “Hell talent. Riddle, last year, he’s only been wrestling for six years, but he gets it. He knows how to sell and he captivates these people. He captivates me.”