“He’s The Only Guy That’s Allowed to do a Piledriver”- Randy Orton Recalls a Scary Encounter With Undertaker

Published 06/21/2020, 8:01 PM EDT


Randy Orton recently sat down with ESPN and spoke about The Undertaker, from a wrestler’s perspective. That was part of a larger piece done by ESPN, where many WWE greats revealed the stories behind their run-ins with the Undertaker.

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Randy spoke about one of his experiences with the Undertaker, when they both were in the midst of an excellent bout at Wrestlemania 21. He addressed a specific part, wherein he reversed the infamous chokeslam into an RKO out of nowhere. I’ve seen clips of the RKO out of the chokeslam. I remember thinking that would be a tough reversal to pull off, because I’m not the most agile guy. But we pulled it off.

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The reversal was amazing, to say the least. It took immense athleticism and strength from both Superstars to pull off, and the end product was simply brilliant. Orton reversed the chokeslam into the RKO, and pinned the Undertaker. He kicked out, of course, but the fans were already going crazy at the show.

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Orton then spoke about how he had held up the Deadman for a tombstone piledriver for the finish. I picked him up in the Tombstone [piledriver], and then he reversed it. That Tombstone, man … he’s the only guy that’s allowed to do a piledriver. Even being upside down, being prepared to be spiked on your head.”


Piledrivers were banned from the WWE, as they carried a huge risk of concussing the victim in the ring. The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver was the only kind of piledriver allowed, as he had perfected the move.

The Undertaker almost aways had a height advantage over his opponents. He used that advantage and made sure that the victim’s head was always above his knees, while executing the finisher. When the Undertaker performed the move, his knees absorbed most of the impact.

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The finisher was dangerous to look at, but was extremely safe in practice. 

I don’t care who’s got you. It’s a little scary. Even for guys that can do it in their sleep. Orton said, speaking about how hard the move was to execute safely.

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