10 Wrestlers Who Have Praised Randy Orton Online
Randy Orton is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in WWE history, and when it comes to tenure and contributions, few can deny what he brings to the table. His matches and in-ring style may not be everyone's cup of tea, but when he is on, there is hardly anyone in pro wrestling history who can make the profession look so easy.
Twenty years after his WWE main roster debut, The Apex Predator has amassed an almost-insurmountable CV, including championships, moments, and matches. Despite this, fans continue to be divided on how they feel about the third-generation star, but if these fellow wrestlers are to be believed, he is well worth the hype and more.
Last month, AEW star Matt Hardy, who worked with Randy Orton for years, praised the Legend Killer after hearing fans diss his in-ring pace. In an episode of The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the tag team legend said, "Randy is awesome."
He added that those who think Orton doesn't do much or works at a "more plodding" pace don't get the basics of traditional pro wrestling. He signed off by saying, "when it comes to traditional wrestling and storytelling, no one is better than Randy Orton."
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Dolph Ziggler, another long-term colleague of Randy Orton, said that the latter is so good it "pisses" him off. He even revealed that during Orton's match against Edge at Backlash, it was great to be backstage while people praised the competitors.
The Showoff added that many WWE superstars hate Randy Orton because "he's so damn good," adding that since the 14-time World Champion is so perfect, he ensures to let him know whenever Orton makes a mistake. Ziggler signed off by stating that on the current roster, there are only a "handful of true naturals," and Orton is one of them.
Miro is another former WWE colleague who gushed over Randy Orton recently. Speaking on his Twitch channel, the former Rusev noted that The Viper was the best heel.
The former United States Champion added that Orton is "one of the best workers of all time." The Bulgarian Brute has worked with the former tag team champion long enough to know what he is saying, and we'll take his word for it.
Perhaps no rivalry has split fans as much as John Cena versus Randy Orton, especially as they met so many times during their long time together atop the WWE mountain. However, the two are good friends behind the scenes and have often praised each other.
Cena once said that Orton is "one of the greatest WWE Superstars ever and that he has the utmost respect for every achievement he's earned & continues to earn." Orton had also praised Cena, saying the Franchise Player taught him a lot when they came up and reached the main event scene.
The Game has more or less been a mentor and guiding figure to Randy Orton ever since he made his debut. The latter has time and acknowledged this fact, saying Triple H showed him the right path when he was young and did not know better.
When celebrating his former Evolution buddy's 20 years in WWE, HHH said, "only a few make it to the very, very top of WWE; almost no one can do it for 20 years." He added that watching Orton grow as "a star, performer, leader, man, and father was an honor."
Not many may know this, but Randy Orton and Christian are good friends, which is a given considering they spent so long working and traveling together. They had quite the feud back in 2011, but that on-screen rivalry doesn't mirror their friendship in real life.
Christian revealed on a Busted Open Radio session that he and John Cena were once watching an Orton backstage match on TV. After it got over, they looked at each, with Captain Charisma saying, "the scary thing is, he doesn't know how good he is," and Cena replied, "he has no clue." High praise indeed.
Another former WWE star who has seen Orton bloom and evolve backstage and in the ring is Hall of Famer John "Bradshaw" Layfield. The Texan and the Legend Killer met numerous times in the 2000s, so the former knows well what he was saying.
Tweeting on Orton's 20th WWE anniversary, JBL said, "if you build a sports entertainer from the ground up, you get Randy Orton." The former Acolyte added he was proud of Orton and his incredible career, saying he was better than ever in 2022.
An unlikely name on this list, but one who nevertheless had effusive words for Randy Orton. Former WWE star Buff Bagwell praised Orton for thanking Mick Foley during his 20-year promo on TV. Bagwell felt that Orton doing so gave respect to Foley and his contributions to making him the man he was today. The Viper just seems to be growing more and more fans as he gets older!
One of Randy Orton's best friends and someone who has been with and seen him grow into the legendary performer he is today is Edge. The two former rivals/tag team partners have shared the ring many times and will know each other well, inside and outside the ring.
Speaking on their WrestleMania 36 Last Man Standing Match, Edge was thankful Randy pulled him through a 40-minute match, which he was not sure he could do after being away for nine years. The Rater-R Superstar added that Orton was "the most naturally talented person in the industry."
Last but not least is the man who more or less made Randy Orton the star he is today, the one and only Mick Foley. He noted on Twitter in 2020 that he was proud to have had a hand in getting the 'Legend Killer' gimmick over.
Foley also added he "enjoyed seeing footage of [himself] getting beaten up by Randy Orton," referring to their hellacious hardcore match for the Intercontinental Title at Backlash 2004. Many believe this was the match that signaled Orton as being ready for the big time and credit Foley for making him look like a million bucks (albeit a bloody one).