Former WWE Star Rips Fan Over Hostile Encounter With Randy Orton At A Gym Last Week

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WWE recently swung through Arkansas, and while the Raw roster was in Little Rock, SmackDown stars performed at a live event in Jonesboro, home of Arkansas State University.

It’s typical for WWE stars to visit local gyms during the day in the hours leading up to shows to get workouts in as they travel around the country, and on Monday, Randy Orton went to The Trim Gym. During his workout, a fan approached and asked him for a picture, and Orton declined. The fan didn’t give up, though, and Orton eventually told him to “[expletive] off.”

The fan, an adult male, gave his side of the story to the Northeast Arkansas Report.

I approached him by myself and said, ‘Can I get a picture of you?,’” Martin said. “He gave me a fist bump and replied, ‘Sorry. I can’t hear you,’ pointing to his ear phones. We went our separate ways.”

Leaving Orton alone, Martin said he decided to snap a photo of the wrestler from across the room.

“He saw me snap the picture and came up to me got in my face and said, ‘What the [expletive] are you doing? I said no [expletive] pictures! Are you [expletive] stupid?’” Martin said. “I said, ‘No. You said you couldn’t hear me.”

Orton responded to the report on Twitter and said that he’s happy to take pictures with fans – so long as they wait until he’s done working out.

Former WWE star Sean “X-Pac” Waltman took issue with how Martin handled the situation on his podcast.

Anthony Martin, go f–k yourself! You know, I mean people have headphones on when they’re in the gym and other places for a reason – because they don’t want to f–king talk to anyone. I’m not trying to sound like a dick, but I know it’s coming off that way. But you know there’s these things called boundaries. They’re like an imaginary line and you f–king crossed it. Sorry! I know some people are thinking I’m the dick right now for saying it like that.

Apparently [Anthony Martin] wasn’t a dick. But apparently this guy must think that he pays Randy Orton’s bills directly. I’m sure he writes the f–king check and sends it to the power company and to the mortgage company. Let me explain something to you as far as my take on that whole we pay your f–king bills s–t…This is just my feelings on it. I am so grateful for every one of you out there. So grateful for your support and coming out. Even if you can’t afford a ticket or couldn’t throughout the years, but just invested your time into watching us. That even makes a difference. That moves the ratings up and puts more money in our pockets. Yes, so grateful. But on the flip side of that, we go out there and destroy our bodies, OK? It’s not just for the fans, although that’s a huge part of it. There’s the glory and you know and just all of the other things that come along with it. But, it’s a fair trade. Even Steven. Nobody owes anyone s–t, OK? It’s all about gratitude, and I’m so grateful. But if somebody puts that in my face and tells me they pay my bills, f–k you.