Natalya Reacts to Fans Comparing Her to Future WWE Hall of Famer Randy Orton

Published 07/17/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


From last year, Natalya started calling herself the BOAT i.e. Best of All Time. But when she got several title opportunities at the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championship, Natalya failed to gain momentum.

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However, this year is pretty good for her till now. She and her long-time friend Tamina won the Women’s Tag Team champion. It is Natalya’s third championship in WWE apart from the Divas Championship (2010) and the SmackDown Women’s Championship (2017).

Professional Wrestling: WWE SummerSlam: Natalya victorious, holding up the belt after match vs Naomi at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn, NY 8/20/2017
CREDIT: Chad Matthew Carlson (Photo by Chad Matthew Carlson /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
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Despite suffering a loss against Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart this Friday, The Queen of Harts is not stopping soon. She recently revealed why it was important for veterans to team up and put over the younger superstars. She gave an example of Team RK-Bro.

“We need veterans. I don’t want to compare myself to Randy Orton because I think Randy Orton is the greatest pro wrestler, really one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest of all time,” she told DAZN.

“But you need to have a mix of people that can take their equity and pay it forward, like with Randy and Matt Riddle,” Natalya firmly believes. She is also excited to see the likes of Tegan Nox, Toni Storm, and Shotzi Blackheart finally crossing over to the main roster.

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Natalya on if she is the female Randy Orton indeed

Like Orton, Natalya also mentors newer talents like Mandy Rose, Lana, and others on and off-screen. In the same interview, she also talked about if she was really ‘The Viper’ of the Women’s locker room.

“For me, I look at Randy Orton, and I really try to watch his work. Randy is just a master of the little things,” Natalya lauded Orton. “All the little things he’s so good at, like his mannerisms, his facials, the way he can manipulate a camera, the way he can manipulate an audience.”

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 01: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)

“He’s just so good. I would love to be compared to Randy because I think Randy’s the greatest. Bret Hart is my top pick, and I am biased, but Randy really is one of the greatest of all time, so if I was ever compared to Randy Orton, it would be the biggest honor,” she confessed.

Like we mentioned, Natalya and Tamina are a part of the Women’s MITB match. Both of them would try to capture the coveted contract for the first time in their career.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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