“I Don’t Know if that’s Ever Happened” – Randy Orton Opens up About a Conversation with Austin Theory

Published 06/15/2020, 1:04 PM EDT


WWE Superstar Randy Orton recently spoke about fellow performer Austin Theory. He brought up his first interaction with Austin, and how he had spoken to him about a new move.

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Orton went on the After The Bell podcast with Corey Graves and opened up about meeting Theory in the Performance Center.

“I was down at the PC, and Austin Theory comes up to me to shake my hand. I could tell he was new, he was young, and he was trying not to say the wrong thing,” said Orton.

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Randy Orton is taken aback by Austin

Austin had come up to Orton to speak to him about trying out a new move, which was similar to Orton’s signature finisher, the RKO. He had approached Orton, to see if he would be fine if he used a different version of the RKO. 

“But he goes, ‘Hey, I want to start doing this move,’ and it ends up in a similar position kind of like a cutter. I think he picks the guy up like a fireman’s carry spins around and does a cutter, and I was so taken back that this kid took the time and had the respect and the wherewithal to ask me if it was OK with me for him to do that,recalls Orton.

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Randy seemed impressed with the young performer, that he would have the respect for the move to ask him first. He stated that he was surprised, yet impressed.

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Before I could even think about what the right answer shouldn’t be I said, ‘Yes. Oh my God. Are you kidding me?’ He came to me, and he asked me. I don’t know if that’s ever happened.“ 

Austin Theory was initially underutilized in the WWE. He seems to have found his calling, in a group with Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy.

Asking the veteran Superstar if he could use his move, is a great show of respect. Orton seemed to be extremely impressed by his character, and also his admiration for the craft of wrestling.

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It looks like there may be a lot more success for Austin down the road.

 

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