Randy Orton recently spoke with ESPN.com about his career and more. During the interview, Orton was asked about suffering a concussion during his match with Brock Lesnar at the 2016 SummerSlam pay-per-view event when Lesnar busted him open with elbow strikes. He noted that even though several months have past, he still doesn’t even know what happened in the match. "If it was supposed to happen, I wasn't aware of it. Basically, s--- happens in that ring and he's a big old dude, and he has some bony-ass elbows, and that's all I can say.” Orton noted that there’s an art to pro wrestling and that Superstars are not trying to kill each other. “We got 200 shows a year so taking a blow like that to the head definitely pisses me off because I'm on the shelf for three weeks with a concussion and I had just gotten my boots back on a month before SummerSlam after being out 9-10 months with a shoulder injury. So all those facts pissed me off but when you do this for a living s--- happens.”
He added that he was in a ladder match a few years ago and knocked a Superstar off a ladder and the ladder hit him in the head, and he had to receive 12 staples. He said that the high-risk stuff can hurt, but that pro wrestling is not ballet. He mentioned that wrestlers know what they signed up for. “There was a lot of blood and hell yeah that pissed me off but I signed up for that main event, and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. I knew it wasn't going to be me and Shawn Michaels. I knew that."
Orton is currently in a storyline with The Wyatt Family and has made some changes to his character. When asked about it, he noted that you couldn't beat growing up in the pro wrestling business and then becoming a WWE Superstar. He added that growing up in the environment gives a person a step up over someone who did not grow up in the business. He said that he sees wrestlers bouncing around and killing themselves in the ring when they don’t necessary need to. He wants to be wrestling for 10 more years. “The thing I like so much about working with Bray is that he understands that. It's not being lazy. It's smarter, not harder. I don't want to try to make the fans react to something that I came up with six hours earlier.” He said that he wants to feel the fans emotions when he is in the ring and will do certain spots that call for it at the right moment.
Orton also talked about acting and more. You can read the entire interview here.