Fresh off his return at WWE Survivor Series, Randy Orton did an interview with Logan Paul on the IMPAULSIVE podcast. Orton was asked about being considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. The question was asked after co-host Mike Majlak said he read a Wikipedia article that called Orton one of the GOAT’s.
“I’ve got my favorites, everyone’s got their favorites,” Orton said. “I have no doubt there is a healthy amount of people out there that consider for me to be one of the best but then there’s a lot of guys out there that I’m not in their Mount Rushmore.”
Orton was asked if he’d like to break the World Title record. He said, “Of course. I wannna do everything I can man. Longevity is always the number 1 goal for me and being able to go home and play with my kids and not be in pain. That would be the ultimate goal. As many accomplishments as I can accomplish in WWE, the more the better. I’ve already done so much so far, it’s kind of nice being in a position where I can watch other guys matches and maybe critique and help and answer questions. For the first time in my career, I find myself being a little bit of I guess a mentor to some people.”
Paul asked Orton where are the people who look like Randy, John Cena, Batista, and Brock Lesnar:
Orton said, “I think there’s a lot of guys that get it. I almost don’t want to start naming names because I’ll feel bad, I’ll leave out a lot of guys. The list is too long as far as guys we’ve got now that could be great one day.”
Orton said that you never know who could break out and he noted how Stone Cold Steve Austin looked and moved differently when he was Stunning Steve. He added, “We’ve got a lot of gems in the back and it’s gonna take the right amount of pressure to turn them into a diamond.”
Paul praised Dominik Mysterio for getting out of his shadow and becoming one of the most hated heels on the roster. Orton said, “Rey took care of me back in the day. I wrestled Dom last Friday night. It was such a pleasure to be out there with him…it was a great feeling. I am so proud of Dom as well.”
Orton said that when he first saw Dominik, he thought that he needed another 10 years but he sees now that Dominik has figured things out and “he’s got it.”
Orton was asked how he came up with the RKO. He said that John Laurinaitis did the Ace Crusher and DDP did the Diamond Cutter and that is how he got inspired to do the RKO. Orton said that because of when he blew out his shoulders many years ago, he doesn’t pick guys up and he doesn’t do power moves. He said he didn’t do that because he wanted to protect his shoulders and he needed a move that he could do to everyone whether they are Rey Mysterio or Omos.
Randy Orton Talks Legacy, Mentoring, and RKO Creation on IMPAULSIVE Podcast