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Randy Orton Talks Daniel Bryan, John Cena Rib, and WWE WrestleMania 25

Randy Orton has turned into a refreshingly candid interview which is probably not what you would have expected a few years ago. Orton is out promoting 12 Rounds but he recently sat down to talk about his WWE past, present, and future.

Orton was recently interviewed by the crew at Busted Open for what I think has been the best Orton interview I have seen in the media period. Most of Orton’s interviews have focused on his new movie with a little bit of wrestling. This interview was focused on wrestling with a little bit of 12 Rounds talk.

The Viper is currently involved in arguably the hottest feud in pro wrestling, teaming with Team Hell No against The Shield. Since the interview Orton and the team have gone their separate ways. However, during their run together the excitement of Bryan was not lost on the former world champion.

Yeah he can do some stuff, can’t he? When he blows that come back, as we say, he gets the people going. You know, he’s got a little, he goes crazy with the Ultimate Warrior thing, it’s like he is always morphing into like Bryan Hogan, instead of Bryan Daniel-or Daniel Bryan, or whatever his name is now. I remember, one time my dad, like I just had a match and I came home and I’m talking about how Bryan Danielson, you know hit me in the back of the head with a title, and I feel like I got a concussion. And my dad the next day was like, ‘you know I was really worried about you cause you kept calling him Bryan Danielson.’ And I’m like, well that was his name, that’s how we know him, I call him that. The WWE likes to change things up, don’t they?

Orton also told a real funny story about a recent rib John Cena played on him in a tag team match.

I tagged with him, last week or the week before, on a Raw Supershow, or a live event Supershow, both rosters were there. And we’re out there in the ring. And it’s me, Cena, and somebody. Maybe Kofi or Sheamus, against Big Show, Mark Henry, and somebody else, I forget. And Cena says, ‘Can you do a dropkick tonight?’ And I go, uhh, yeah. Can you? And he goes; and we’re in the ring! Like, we’re about to—the bells about to ring. And he’s starting, and he goes, ‘Alright, I’m gonna tag you in in a second. Let’s do a double drop kick.’ Now I’m thinking in my head, ‘This motherf-cker don’t need to be doing no dropkicks.’ That’s what I’m thinking. So he tags me in, ducks a punch from Show, Show turns around. Before I can even step through the ropes, Cena is up in the air dropkicking Show. And I’m like, looking at him, I thought you said a double dropkick? So, next time he calls anything, I’m gonna think twice. Because I ended up jumping up in the air, while Shows already on the ground, and just landing on my head. So it was a double dropkick where he (Cena) went and I then I slip- Oh-Oh-I tried to get—nope. So everyone in the back, I come back and they were like, (clapping) ‘Great dropkick.’ I watched it back, and it looks like I just jumped up in the air as high as I can and then land. Nothing happened; I just jumped up and fell. It was brutal. Thank you, John Cena.

Finally Orton talked about his infamous WrestleMania 25 main-event against Triple H. Why is it infamous? It was not very well received and is regarded as one of the more poor Mania headliners while others think it is highly underrated.

The buildup was great. The match suffered because Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker kicked out of each other’s finishers for twenty minutes before we went out there. They should have been last. They really should have. If we would’ve been earlier on that card, I think it would have been better for us. But I think, like I was saying, those fans, god love them, but that’s a lot of wrestling. And they’ve already been winded by watching these big match ups with Shawn Michaels kicking out of tombstone piledrivers and Undertaker kicking out of superkicks. And then, what a finish. And now they’re like, well we’ve seen our main event. And now when me and Triple H go out there, and we’re not doing five RKO’s or five pedigrees and kicking out of them. It’s not the same..

It’s funny because Triple H got a lot of heat at the time right or wrong for the match being booked last. Most thought going into Mania that Undertaker and Michaels would blow it away. In retrospect it was a strong angle but the dynamics also didn’t work at the time. You had the McMahon family who had been heels for so long and now fans were expected to get behind Triple H for seeking vengeance for these same slimy McMahons who have screwed with everyone for years. Triple H also took a big hit at the time when it was revealed he was a McMahon family member. Some of the angles were also a bit corny. I just think that at the end of the day the fans had no interest in seeing anyone fight for the honor of the McMahons.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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