After a five-year marriage to Samantha Speno, Randy Orton has found love again in the arms of Kim Marie Kessler.
“The Viper” has been dating the mother of three from New York since at least February 2014—photos of the two spotted together began surfacing on social media during this time.
While celebrating his 34th birthday, Orton took the opportunity to go public about his new girlfriend by tweeting this photo. Days later, they attended the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana together.
Not much is known about Kessler, but her relationship with the WWE Superstar has caused drama. In August 2014, the couple teamed up to call a fan a pig!
The fan in question, Kayla Gomez, snapped a photo with Orton outside of a gym in Texas on the afternoon of August 3, 2014 and posted it online. The WWE Superstar tweeted the same photo shortly thereafter to his girlfriend, but added a mean-spirited caption.
“Look @kimkiro I met the Latino Ms. Piggy today at the gym. I wish you were there to have a good laugh with me! #MsPig,” Orton wrote.
Kessler wrote back, “Thats what @kgomez325 gets for always talking shit about me. Your (sic) not the only one who can play games.”
TMZ.com later reported that Kessler had problems with Gomez in the past, with Orton blocking her on Twitter for the harassing messages.
The couple might have been having a good laugh, but fans of the WWE Superstar were not happy. For example, one disappointed fan wrote on Twitter, “I lost all respect I had for @RandyOrton after reading that last tweet. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Orton apologized for his actions on August 4, 2014 via Twitter: “I apologize if any of my previous tweets offended anyone. The answer to bulling isn’t more bullying.”
Meanwhile, Gomez lashed out at Orton for blocking her on the micro-blogging network: “Let’s get one thing straight. @RandyOrton blocked me because I said his balls were in his girlfriend’s pocket. #RandyOrton.”
Orton addressed Gomez following the August 5, 2014 SmackDown taping in Laredo, Texas, writing on Twitter, “I blocked you because you’ve been stalking and harassing my girl for too long now. Then stalking me when I had no idea who you were for a pic, just so you could use it to again, to harass my girl. You waited outside the gym to get to me! That’s called stalking! I dare you to get a freaking life or just go be a troll somewhere else.”
Orton, who is known for his rebellious behavior—both on screen and off–is certainly not afraid of anybody and we can bet that Kim felt very good to be defended by him.