“A Lack of Respect”- Randy Orton Details His Backstage Heat With Riddle

Published 06/08/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Randy Orton and Riddle have formed an unlikely friendship on Raw, and fans love to see the two as a tag team. RK-Bro is just about as good as it gets, and the two are like a lion making friends with a deer, or more aptly, a viper with the mouse. 

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Even though their chemistry has improved with time, they weren’t always close in the locker room. In fact, there was a bit of heat on Randy’s part at the beginning towards his partner who had just come through NXT.

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In a locker room filled with talent, Orton recalls walking in and trying to socialize with the new faces. This was, in part, his attempt to get them comfortable and gel with the other stars.

Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, he described the audacious attitude of Riddle in thief rust encounter. 

“Just looking at Matt (Riddle) and I just said, I go, ‘Oh, there he is! There he is!’ Just kind of an icebreaker, expecting maybe. ‘Oh, hey, Randy, my name is Matt. Nice to meet you.’ But instead, Matt just kind of barely, you know, with the bloodshot eyes glanced over it was just like (nods head upward), and he just kept walking and I was just like ‘that mo********er!’”

Randy Orton felt Riddle was being disrespectful

This interaction was the first impression-lasting impression sort of deal, and Randy revealed he kept his distance from ‘The Bro’ for a while after that meeting. 

“You know, so for quite a while, I didn’t like Riddle. And it was because of that little scenario,” Orton said. “One little incident and it wasn’t even an incident. It’s just I took it as a lack of respect. And when you come back there and you’re brand new, and no one knows you, you want to introduce yourself because we’re a band of brothers. I got to trust you with my body in that ring. And you the same, you got to trust me.”

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Needless to say, Randy Orton now admires his partner and how he works. He also praised Riddle for improvising when he forgot his lines in a backstage segment with Asuka. 

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‘The Viper’ has let that initial meeting pass like water under the bridge and believes Riddle will go far in the business. In terms of work rate and energy in the ring, it’s all praise for ‘The Bro’. You can watch the entire segment from the podcast below.

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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