Randy Orton
Randy Orton
Randy Orton
Randy Orton
Randy Orton
Randy Orton

Randy Orton

Few in the professional wrestling industry can match legacies with Randy Orton. Complete with a Royal Rumble victory, WrestleMania main events and multiple World Championship reigns, Orton's career is already among the most elite of all time. And he's still going strong. (Continue Reading ») | (Photo Gallery »)


Orton's legacy began in April 2002, when he debuted as a member of the SmackDown roster. As the son of "Cowboy" Bob Orton, many predicted great success for the multi-generational wrestler. But the young competitor refused to rest on his Hall of Fame bloodline. Instead, he used his undeniable in-ring talents and undeniable in-ring talents and unpredictably explosive personality to emerge as one of WWE's rising stars.

It wasn't long before Orton's exploits caught the eye of Triple H. Recognizing Orton as the future of WWE, The Game quickly took the up-and-comer under his wing and welcomed him into his Evolution faction, which also featured Ric Flair and Batista.

As a member of Evolution, Orton became recognized as a legitimate threat to any championship. In December 2003, he claimed his first title when he defeated Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. Orton's reign proved to be one of the longest un recent memory, lasting an amazing seven months.

By the summer of 2004, a young Orton had accomplished more in WWE than most Superstars can claim in an entire career. Unbelievably, however, he was just scratching the surface. At SummerSlam in 2004, he permanently etched his name alongside history's greatest when he captured the World Heavyweight Championship. At just 24 years of age, Orton was the youngest to ever hold the gold.

Swelling with confidence, Orton planned to follow up his title reign with something no other Superstar had ever accomplished: Defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania. Ultimately, Undertaker's undefeated streak proved unconquerable. But that didn't stop Orton from topping the "Deadman" in subsequent contests, including a No Mercy Casket Match. When it was all said and done, the rivalry between Orton and Undertaker emerged as one of the decade's greatest.

No Mercy

By the fall of 2007, John Cena was enjoying a seemingly untouchable WWE Championship reign. But following a grueling match against Mr. Kennedy, an unsuspecting Cena was brutally attacked by Orton. Like a viper, the sly Superstar slithered toward Cena and delivered a merciless RKO that put the champ on the shelf for several months and ended his year-long title reign.

Mr. McMahon awarded the vacated WWE Championship to Orton at No Mercy. His reign, however, lasted a mere minutes. Shortly after being named champ, The Viper lost the gold to former ally Triple H. Later that same night, Orton made history when he defeated "The Game" to reclaim the title.

The No Mercy battles helped rekindle one of the most emotionally-charged rivalries in recent history. Over the next few years, Orton and Triple H continued to go to war over the WWE Championship, including main event matches at WrestleMania XXIV and WrestleMania XXV.


In late 2008, Orton forged a partnership with fellow multi-generational WWE Superstars Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Collectively known as Legacy, the Orton-led alliance ran roughshod over WWE, picking up wins over Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon, among others.

Part of the secret to Legacy's success was Rhodes and DiBiase's willingness to sacrifice themselves for Orton's greater good. But when the young duo's interference became more of a hindrance to Orton, Legacy began to crumble. In the end, Orton proved his superiority over his former allies, defeating them in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania XXVI.

On his own, Orton continued to shine as one of WWE's brightest stars. He pinned Sheamus to claim his sixth WWE Championship in September 2010. And later, he defeated CM Punk at WrestleMania XXVII, but not before punting nearly every member of Punk's Nexus to the sidelines.

Orton was drafted from Raw to SmackDown in April 2011. The change in scenery did little to slow his amazing momentum. Within days of the move, The Viper defeated Christian to capture his second World Heavyweight Championship. A few months later, he topped Christian again for the same title, proving that the WWE Universe is living in the Age of Orton.

Randy Orton To Star In WWE Studios Sequel

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Randy Orton and girlfriend attend the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

According to a report today by Variety.com, WWE Studios will be producing a sequel to the 2007 film "The Condemned," which starred "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Randy Orton stars in the latest installment, which is called "The Condemned 2: Desert Prey." Lionsgate will again co-produce and distribute the film, which begins production in New Mexico later this year.

We are excited to be reteaming with the WWE on 'The Condemned 2,' after such a positive experience on the original film," said Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks. "The combination of their brand marketing capabilities, creativity and deep lineup of dynamic onscreen talent result in a powerful partnership."

According to the article, the film "follows a former bounty hunter who finds himself on the run as part of a revamped Condemned tournament, in which convicts are forced to fight each other to the death as part of a game that's broadcast to the public."

Roel Reine ("Death Race: Inferno," "The Scorpion 3") will direct the actioner from a script by Alan McElroy ("The Marine 4"). Orton reunites with Reine on "The Condemned" sequel after having previously worked together on "12 Rounds 2: Reloaded."

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