Randal Keith Orton Biography – WWE Superstar

Published Date   08th Sep. 2017, 00:46 am  Update Date: September 13th, 2018  11:38 am
Randal Keith Orton Biography – WWE Superstar
Quick Info
Birth Name: Randall Keith Orton
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $11 million

Randal Keith Orton, also known as Randy Orton, is an American professional wrestler and film star. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 1st, 1980 from father Bob Orton Jr. and mother Elaine Orton. He has two siblings, Nate and Rebecca, who are both younger than him. Randy Orton is a professional wrestler and is currently signed with WWE and is a member of the Raw and SmackDown. He has been a 12-time world heavyweight champion and has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship eight times and four times respectively. In total, he has won 14 total championships in WWE. He was the final holder of the World Heavyweight Championship as the title merged with WWE championship to form WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Early Life

Randy Orton went to Hazelwood Central High School and it was there where he first started having an interest in wrestling. He was an amateur wrestler for the Hazelwood Central High School.

Orton is a third generation WWE star in the Orton family as his granddad Bob Orton, Sr. and his father Bob Orton Jr. both competed in the professional wrestling business as professional wrestlers. Randy’s parents tried to convince him to consider a different career option and a stay away from the wrestling entertainment business after experiencing the struggle that a professional wrestler has to face in his life. His father even warned him that the life of a wrestler in the ring is a life away from family. But that did not stop Randy Orton to become a successful wrestler. Before being signed to the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, roster, Randy Orton trained and wrestled for Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association for a month. He then went to Ohio Valley Wrestling and held the OVW Hardcore Championship twice.


WWE Career

Randy Orton became a member of the WWE group Evolution after joining WWE. It quickly led him to an Intercontinental Championship reign. It was his first title with the WWE Company. He started getting in the spotlight in WWE when he began disrespecting and attacking WWE Hall of Famers. After he became one of the most famous artists in WWE, he earned himself a World Heavyweight Championship title shot at age of 24 and went on to win the match. He then became the youngest person to win the World Heavyweight Championship title in WWE history. After the win, he resigned from his group Evolution and joined forces with fellow WWE superstar Edge to form a group known as Rated-RKO and together, went on to win the World Tag Team Championship in 2006.

After the breakup of Rated-RKO in 2007, Randy Orton went on a long way of success by winning WWE Championship twice in one night, and he became the youngest WWE Champion to win the title twice at the age of 27. In 2008, he formed The Legacy, a group that includes Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Randy Orton returned as a solo competitor after the group broke down in 2010. Orton aligned with The Authority in 2013 and was named the face of the WWE. He was the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble main event and has featured in many events including Wrestle Mania 25 and Wrestle Mania 30.

Early Career

Randy Orton made his debut in wrestling business in 2000 from the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association in St. Louis, Missouri. It is an off spin of the historic St. Louis Wrestling Club. He trained by with both the association and his father, Bob Orton Jr. He wrestled for the association against the wrestlers like Ace Strange, Mark Bland and much more.

Randy Orton signed a new deal with World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, in 2001 and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Kentucky, for his development. He trained and wrestled with Rico Constantino and The Prototype. He also teamed up with Bobby Eaton in a tag team tournament. He won the Ohio Valley Wrestling Championship two times by defeating Mr. Black and Flash Flanagan in 2001. He also faced Rico Constantino and John Cena, then known as The Prototype, in a tag match in Jacksonville on a combined WWF/OVW event. He appeared on WWF house show on May 1, 2001, where he faced Billy Gunn. Unfortunately, Orton lost the game. He started to appear regularly on WWF house show where he faced Chuck Palumbo, Shawn Stasiak, and Steven Richards.


Randy Orton’s first official WWF appearance was in 2002 where he lost against Tommy Dreamer. But his first televised WWF match was on April 25, 2002, where he faced Hardcore Holly on SmackDown. In September 2002, Orton was signed to the Raw.

Randy Orton joined the new group of Ric Flair, Triple H, and Dave Batista named Evolution. The group dominated the Raw from 2003 to 2004 when they won all the titles on the Raw.

Randy Orton defeated Shawn Michaels in his first Legend versus Legend Killer match at the Unforgiven with the help of Ric Flair. Randy Orton soon began using the signature move and his finisher, the RKO. Randy Orton then defeated Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. Mick Foley challenged Randy Orton a match for the Intercontinental Championship. Orton defeated Foley in a blood filled hardcore match. He retained the Intercontinental Championship in two months’ time against Shelton Benjamin. Randy Orton interest then went towards World Heavyweight Championship and was offered a match after he won a 20-man battle royal.

Randy Orton became the youngest person to win the World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Chris Benoit at the age of 24. After his championship victory, the Evolution went against the back of Randy Orton mainly because of the jealousy of the success. Although Randy Orton was able to get his revenge on the Evolution, he lost the championship to Triple H only after two months of winning it.

Randy Orton together with his dad Bob Orton crushed The Undertaker in 2005. Randy Orton and his dad locked The Undertaker inside the casket and set on fire. Randy Orton participated at Survivor Series, in an elimination match of Team SmackDown versus Team Raw. Orton was the last man standing in the match after he pinned Shawn of team Raw.  The Undertaker returned at the from a flaming casket at the event and attacked Randy Orton. The Undertaker later interfered in a SmackDown match where Rey Mysterio was fighting Big Show. Randy Orton attacked the Undertaker there and struck the Undertaker into the SmackDown set which caused a huge explosion. The long rivalry between Orton and The Undertaker was finally settled with a Hell in a Cell match where The Undertaker had to retire if Randy Orton wins the game. The Undertaker beat Randy Orton in the Hell in a Cell match.

Randy Orton was suspended for sixty days from WWE On April 4, 2006. Orton scripted injury to cover the suspension where he said Kurt Angle broke his ankle during in a match. Orton returned to WWE with a rivalry with Angle. He then went up against Hulk Hogan. Orton began insulting the legendary Hogan and his daughter Brooke Hogan. The two were scheduled in a Legend vs. Legend Killer match at Summer Slam, where Hogan beat Randy Orton.

Orton joined Edge, where they both had a beef with Triple H and formed the tag team named Rated-RKO. The two quickly dominated the Raw and tag team division and became the first to defeat DX. Shawn Michaels teamed with John Cena since Triple H had to make way for Cena due to his injury, to defeat Rated-RKO and win World Tag Team Championship.  After the loss of tag team titles, some friction occurred in the group as both Edge and Orton made WWE Championship their main priority. They faced John Cena and Shawn Michaels at Backlash in a fatal four way for the WWE Championship title, which was won by John Cena. Orton earned the nickname The Viper when the commentators noted how he stalks his victims like a snake in the ring.

Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank in 2013 to get a chance to challenge for the WWE. He cashed the Money in the Bank contract on Daniel Bryan and won his seventh WWE title after being attacked by special guest referee Triple H. Then, Orton was named the face of WWE by Vince McMahon.

John Cena, World Heavyweight Champion then, stated that there should be a single champion in WWE. Hence, the unification match of WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion was scheduled at the TLC where Orton defeated John Cena to become the first WWE World Heavyweight. At Wrestle mania 30, Daniel Bryan defeated Orton to end his 161 days reign at WWE.

Randy Orton was defeated on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match by Sheamus at the Money in the Bank. In 2015, Randy Orton started a beef with The Wyatt Family. The Wyatt Family attacked Randy Orton on the next episode of Raw but Randy Orton returned the favor by saving Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns on Raw from The Wyatt Family.

In 2016, Randy Orton was named as Brock Lesnar’s opponent on Summer Slam. At Summer Slam, Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton with a severe knockout blow with his elbows which required 10 staples on the forehead of Randy Orton. Randy Orton asked for a rematch against Brock Lesnar again later on no disqualification match in Chicago. Randy Orton lost once again to Brock Lesner.

Acting Career

Randy Orton was cast as the lead role in the movie The Marine 2 which was released in 2009. Unfortunately, after suffering an injury in his collarbone, he had to be replaced by his former WWE partner, Ted DiBiase. He also played a supporting role in the comedy movie, That is What I Am as a father of a high school bully. The movie was released in 2011. He was replaced by wrestler The Miz in the film The Marine 3: Homefront, after his past life as a marine. Randy Orton starred in the sequel to the action movie 12 Rounds, 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded released in 2013.

Personal Life

Randy Orton currently lives in St. Charles at Missouri.He had a tattoo of United States Marine Corps on his left arm but covered it up later when he received a bad conduct. He had to serve 38 days in Camp Pendleton at a military prison for his actions before he was sent home.


Randy Orton got engaged to Samantha Speno, his long-time girlfriend, in November 2005. They later married on September 21st, 2007. Their first child was born on July 12, 2008, and was named Alanna Marie Orton. Orton later tattooed his daughter’s name and her birthday on his left arm. The relationship with Speno didn’t last much longer as they got divorced in June 2013. Randy Orton affianced Kimberly Kessler in 2015 and married her on November 14th, 2015. The two are expecting their first child together in 2016.


Randy Orton has appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! talk show twice. First, he appeared alone on the show while in March 2007, he accompanied by Edge, and John Cena, show where they played the game Deal or No Deal.

Randy Orton’s signature move, RKO became a popular meme on Vine in 2014 where Orton performs his RKO on failed internet clips and videos.

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