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

Published 01/18/2021, 9:40 AM EST


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Luke Dias

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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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