WWE Superstar Randy Orton was the special guest this week on “The Kurt Angle Show’ on AdFreeShows.com. Orton talked about how he and Kurt Angle first met, their WrestleMania 22 match together, growing up as the son of Bob Orton Jr., and much more.
Here are some highlights:
Randy Orton was asked to give his recollection of his Triple Threat Match with Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 22:
“I do remember that they were going with me. This (WrestleMania) was after HHH and Batista. I think prior to that, I was supposed to be with HHH and do the big story going into Mania, and I had messed up somewhere along the lines. I think now my punishment was over with and they were ready to go with me again. I want to say they were running with me, and they were going to put the title on me for this Triple Threat. I could be wrong, but that’s my memory anyway. I think I got a little bit of heat for some young, dumb, punk shit that I did and I think they ended up going with Rey, right? But, the recollection of the exacts back then are hard to really put out, but, I do know 2006 was a rough year for me personally. So, that was in the middle of all of that too. There’s a good reason why I don’t remember that year too much, but I remember the match. I remember not having a lot of time for the match. It might have started at 20 or 18 minutes, and by the time, like every WrestleMania, by the time we got to our match, I think we had lost at least half of that. The actual in-ring couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes if I remember correctly.”
Angle asked Orton, “How weird was it doing the angle and getting heat off the late, great, Eddie Guerrero with Rey Mysterio? Did you find it a little odd to do, or were you comfortable with it?”
Orton said, “100% not comfortable with it. Rey assured me that it’s something that Eddie would have wanted. Even still, Rey and myself went to Vickie, and Vickie gave us her blessing. She said the same thing, ‘Eddie would have wanted to help you guys in this manner. If he could have used his death in some way to help the business, as morbid as that sounds, he would have wanted us to do it, especially with Rey being involved.’ So, although it was a horrible tragedy, and we all lost a friend, it was something that helped me along the way in my career. As a bad guy talking about that, that’s heat. It worked and it helped with the angle between me and Rey. But, looking back, it will always be something that was a little, there’s a lot of things I’ve done in my career that made me uncomfortable. I think we can all agree on that. But, that, in particular, was something that I put at the top of that list.”
Orton was asked to talk about his favorite WrestleMania moment:
“I feel like I’ve had so many little, mini WrestleMania moments. It’s hard to really put my finger on one. I think for me, maybe, WrestleMania 20. I was out there with Mick, Rock, Ric, Batista, and just that feeling in my gut in gorilla at the Garden right before I went out. I think for me, that’s about as close as I can get to remembering, especially that far back, that exact feeling I had. It’s like, what a feeling, being so young and going out there with that type of talent, especially at the Garden. Wrestlemania 20. Twenty years, two decades after my father was in the main event of the original Wrestlemania in the same building. So, all of that history coming together. Then on top of that, my father was there to see the match in person, that wouldn’t be a moment for the fans, but, as far as WrestleMania moments go, that would be mine.”