WATCH: When Randy Orton Nearly Lit Himself on Fire While Working With The Undertaker

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January 18, 2021 8:10 pm

Randy Orton has been in WWE for years and is one of the few Superstars who grew into the company from a young age. His experience makes him mature for his age, and he is one of the best men to work with in the ring. 

However, as a young rising star, Orton didn’t round up all the factors in his work and had a few blank-minded moments. He almost paid very dearly for one such moment during his feud against The Undertaker. 

True fans remember Randy Orton vs The Undertaker with a fond smile as it was one of the hottest feuds in WWE 16 years ago. Breaking out into the first version of his ‘Legend Killer’ gimmick, Randy Orton picked the wrong bone in ‘The Deadman’. 

On one particular occasion, Orton attempted to erase Taker from existence by burning him alive. After winning their casket match at No Way Out 2005, Orton dumped a huge load of kerosene on the casket, which had The Undertaker inside. 

He then proceeded to light the casket on fire which resulted in one of the most iconic and memorable moments in WWE history. However, few know how close the entire spot was to a large scale disaster. 

Randy Orton had a load of gasoline on his boots without knowing it!

While dunking the bottle of kerosene onto the casket, Randy Orton was so dedicated to perfecting his character traits that he didn’t realize he had dropped some of the fuel on himself. 

By the end of the bottle, the casket was dripping with kerosene, and Orton’s shoes were soaked in it as well. There were some splashbacks on his body as well which he didn’t pay attention to at the time. 

In the heat of the moment (no pun intended), Randy Orton used the lighter to set fire to the casket. He was immediately taken aback as the casket burst into flames.

Looking back at the moment on WWE Untold, ‘The Viper’ noticed how he just missed the flames by an inch and was that close to sustaining horrific injuries. Needless to say, The Undertaker returned to torment Orton at Survivor Series the same year in a flaming casket, quite literally reigniting their rivalry.

Luke Dias

Luke Dias is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. His profound knowledge of WWE’s history and its wrestlers adds depth to his work. Luke’s favorite wrestlers are Drew McIntyre, Stone Cold, Mick Foley, and Shotzi Blackheart. Luke is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Mass Media at St. Xavier's College (Mumbai) and is experienced in Travel Writing and Photography.

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