Randy Orton did an interview with CBSSports.com to promote Sunday’s WWE Backlash pay-per-view event where he’ll be taking on Edge in what is being hyped as the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.
During the interview, he discussed criticism from fans of their first bout, which was a Last Man Standing Match at WrestleMania 36.
This marked the second match back for Edge, who made his return after nearly a decade away in the Men’s Royal Rumble contest earlier this year. The majority of fans didn’t like their bout at WrestleMania because of the slow pace and overselling of spots.
“I think if you take the Boneyard Match out of it and you take what Bray [Wyatt] and John Cena did — both of those were fantastic — but if you don’t compare us with that, I think we stole the show,” Orton said. “I did hear some bitching and moaning from the media and the fans about how long this match was. I just laugh, because I saw a couple matches, I think even the world title match if you include entrances and the post-match celebration, they might have gone 4 minutes.”
Orton stated that if you want a 4-minute match where you see five different finishers back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back with zero facial expressions then he doesn’t want you to be a fan of his because you don’t appreciate what they are trying to do in telling a story.
“At WrestleMania, I think we stole the show. At WrestleMania, I think we had the best story going into it, which definitely helped. The promos were killer, and it’s only going to get better and better. Now, at Backlash, are we doing to have ‘the greatest wrestling match ever?’ Eh. That’s subjective. I kind of painted myself into a corner and the pressure is definitely on, but if anybody is capable of it, it’s myself and Edge.”
Orton also talked about being Edge’s return opponent, the hype of Backlash, and more. You can check out the full interview here.