History Wrestling / RandyOrton

29th May '16 5:56:01 PM JamesAustin
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: He lost his spot in the Elimination Chamber because of a legit concussion sustained in a match against TheBigShow. First off, WWE turned the legit injury into a storyline injury by having Daniel Bryan give Orton a vicious belt shot on the episode of RAW before the PPV. Then, the last Smackdown before the PPV saw a massive Battle Royal in which the winner took Randy Orton's spot in the chamber match. And it was thus that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Santino Marella]] found himself in the Elimination Chamber match the following Sunday.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: He lost his spot in the Elimination Chamber because of a legit concussion sustained in a match against TheBigShow.Wrestling/TheBigShow. First off, WWE turned the legit injury into a storyline injury by having Daniel Bryan give Orton a vicious belt shot on the episode of RAW before the PPV. Then, the last Smackdown before the PPV saw a massive Battle Royal in which the winner took Randy Orton's spot in the chamber match. And it was thus that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Santino Marella]] found himself in the Elimination Chamber match the following Sunday.
23rd May '16 11:30:21 AM JamesAustin
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* BlackAndGrayMorality[=/=]StrawmanHasAPoint: During his feud with Wrestling/TripleH over the course of the first half of 2009, Orton was made out to be a DirtyCoward by repeatedly stalking and taunting Triple H, putting 'H's father-in-law [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and brother-in-law [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]] in the hospital, knocking out and nearly raping his wife [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]], and using the members of Legacy (CodyRhodes and Ted [=DiBiase=]) to do much of his dirty work and bail him out during matches. But you didn't have to be especially perceptive to point out that the [=McMahons=] [[AssholeVictim partially deserved it]] after insulting Orton's father and [[DisproportionateRetribution firing Orton's ally Chris Jericho simply for speaking rudely to Stephanie]]. (And this doesn't even take into account the fact that Orton and Jericho were right to complain, correctly accusing Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield of bribing Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to help him win a shot at John Cena's WWE Championship by unfair means.) Not to mention that Triple H had all this coming for a long time due to the fact that he'd had his Evolution stablemates attack Orton in a jealous rage after Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2004. Not that this wasn't noted in {{Kayfabe}}, Triple H even used the fact he screwed Randy over to goad him into fighting him.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality[=/=]StrawmanHasAPoint: During his feud with Wrestling/TripleH over the course of the first half of 2009, Orton was made out to be a DirtyCoward by repeatedly stalking and taunting Triple H, putting 'H's father-in-law [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and brother-in-law [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]] Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon in the hospital, knocking out and nearly raping his wife [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, and using the members of Legacy (CodyRhodes (Cody Rhodes and Ted [=DiBiase=]) to do much of his dirty work and bail him out during matches. But you didn't have to be especially perceptive to point out that the [=McMahons=] [[AssholeVictim partially deserved it]] after insulting Orton's father and [[DisproportionateRetribution firing Orton's ally Chris Jericho simply for speaking rudely to Stephanie]]. (And this doesn't even take into account the fact that Orton and Jericho were right to complain, correctly accusing Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield of bribing Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to help him win a shot at John Cena's WWE Championship by unfair means.) Not to mention that Triple H had all this coming for a long time due to the fact that he'd had his Evolution stablemates attack Orton in a jealous rage after Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2004. Not that this wasn't noted in {{Kayfabe}}, Triple H even used the fact he screwed Randy over to goad him into fighting him.



** And when CodyRhodes hit him with the mask again, the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that ensued became ExtremeMeleeRevenge.

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** And when CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes hit him with the mask again, the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that ensued became ExtremeMeleeRevenge.



* VillainTeamUp: With Wrestling/{{Edge}} when they formed Rated-RKO, and later with CodyRhodes and Ted [=DiBiase=] to form Legacy.

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* VillainTeamUp: With Wrestling/{{Edge}} when they formed Rated-RKO, and later with CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes and Ted [=DiBiase=] to form Legacy.
30th Jan '16 2:47:31 AM CelPrevXXVI
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* AscendedMeme: The "RKO Outta Nowhere" meme, during the 4/20/2015 episode of ''[=RAW=]''. To put into context: Orton was slated for a cage match against Wrestling/SethRollins at ''Extreme Rules'' that year, with a stipulation that the RKO was banned. Seeing as he would not get to use it during their match (which was at that time a week away), Orton decided to "get it all out of his system" and RKO anyone he sees. One highlight was when he RKO'd Wrestling/HeathSlater through the table at the canteen; prior to the latter's OhCrap face, no one expected Orton to be there as the camera was focused on Slater.
30th Oct '15 6:20:36 PM nombretomado
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* BrokenAce: Presented this way in kayfabe, with some RealitySubtext. Orton was the talented athlete that most of WWE's higher-ups envisioned at the top of the company back around 2003-2005, but never surpassed JohnCena's status mostly because of his inability to stay out of his own way. In kayfabe, especially, most of his heel turns, his most recent in particular, are marked with bouts of insecurity and paranoia - despite [[FridgeBrilliance (or perhaps because of)]] ostensibly being Wrestling/TheAuthority's handpicked champion.[[note]] remember what TripleH did to Randy when they were in Wrestling/{{Evolution}}?[[/note]] And, both in and out of kayfabe, Orton still occasionally dips into anger and behavioral issues.

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* BrokenAce: Presented this way in kayfabe, with some RealitySubtext. Orton was the talented athlete that most of WWE's higher-ups envisioned at the top of the company back around 2003-2005, but never surpassed JohnCena's Wrestling/JohnCena's status mostly because of his inability to stay out of his own way. In kayfabe, especially, most of his heel turns, his most recent in particular, are marked with bouts of insecurity and paranoia - despite [[FridgeBrilliance (or perhaps because of)]] ostensibly being Wrestling/TheAuthority's handpicked champion.[[note]] remember what TripleH did to Randy when they were in Wrestling/{{Evolution}}?[[/note]] And, both in and out of kayfabe, Orton still occasionally dips into anger and behavioral issues.



** His reaction to a rematch with JohnCena at the Royal Rumble? Beating up the latter's father in an unprovoked attack after losing to KofiKingston and then calling out Wrestling/TheAuthority the very next week during their welcome-back promo for Wrestling/{{Batista}}.

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** His reaction to a rematch with JohnCena Wrestling/JohnCena at the Royal Rumble? Beating up the latter's father in an unprovoked attack after losing to KofiKingston and then calling out Wrestling/TheAuthority the very next week during their welcome-back promo for Wrestling/{{Batista}}.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Randy's ''modus operandi''. Notably, during his Iron Man match with JohnCena, he tried to '''''blow Cena up''''' with pyrotechnics. Michael Cole called him "nuts."

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Randy's ''modus operandi''. Notably, during his Iron Man match with JohnCena, Wrestling/JohnCena, he tried to '''''blow Cena up''''' with pyrotechnics. Michael Cole called him "nuts."
9th Oct '15 4:56:37 PM Nyame
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** Most recently, he has been feuding with Seth Rollins of whom has replaced him as the "Face of the WWE."

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** Most recently, he has been feuding with Seth Rollins of whom has replaced him as the "Face of the WWE."" Irony set in a few months later when Orton allied himself with Reigns and Ambrose in their feud with the Wyatt Family, and showed as much chemistry with them as Seth himself did when they were in the Shield together.


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* EnemyMine: He started to get along with with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in late 2015 due to some tag matches they had together. He even looked like he was considering joining up with them in their feud with the Wyatt Family. The Wyatts, sensing that, took him out -- which only cemented his decision to ally himself with Reigns and Ambrose when he came back a few weeks later.
10th Aug '15 4:31:42 PM Nyame
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Orton was a clean-cut, respectful baby face when he first debuted in 2002. Even after he turned heel a few months later, he still had that wide-eyed enthusiastic personality. Contrast that to the modern day Orton and its like two different people. This can be contributed to his time in Wrestling/{{Evolution}} with him getting violently thrown out of the group, and his later quest to become a WWE Champion no matter what. He probably realized he couldn't keep those traits if he wanted to get anywhere in WWE.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Orton was a clean-cut, respectful baby face when he first debuted in 2002. Even after he turned heel a few months later, he still had that wide-eyed enthusiastic personality. Contrast that to the modern day Orton and its like two different people. This can be contributed attributed to his time in Wrestling/{{Evolution}} with him getting violently thrown out of the group, and his later quest to become a WWE Champion no matter what. He probably realized he couldn't keep those traits if he wanted to get anywhere in WWE.
10th Aug '15 4:23:22 PM Nyame
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** He did have a history of unprofessional conduct backstage early in his career, such that he was even briefly suspended for it in 2006, but he took anger management classes after that, which seemed to be the turning point in changing his behaviour for the better.

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** He did have a history of unprofessional conduct backstage early in his career, such that he was even briefly suspended for it in 2006, but he took anger management classes after that, which seemed to be the turning point in changing his behaviour for the better. CM Punk himself, who is notorious for having no issues criticizing his coworkers even when he was still under contract, has stated that Randy has greatly mellowed out over the years.
1st Aug '15 9:59:58 AM CrazyMystery7
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* AnimalMotif: Vipers, venomous snakes in general.
9th Jul '15 11:39:13 PM Nyame
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* BigBad: In 2009, during the Road to ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'', due to his constant attacks of the [=McMahon=] family and his threatening to cancel the event all together should he be fired for his actions, along with winning the Wrestling/RoyalRumble match that year.
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