One of the most popular wrestlers, Randy Orton, is a third-generation wrestler who became the youngest WWE Heavyweight Champion at age 24.
The nine times holder of the WWE Championship and four times WWE World Heavyweight championship winner, has also served in the Marine Corps until 2000.
Of course, many of us have watched and cheered him during his performances in WWE. But a lot of facts about his personal and professional life are still unknown to us.
Who are his father and grandfather? What is Orton’s height and weight? What is his net worth today? Without further ado, let’s quench our curiosity about him.
Let’s start by looking at some of the quick facts about him.
|Randal Keith Orton
|April 1, 1980
|Knoxville, Tennessee, US
|The Legend Killer, Randy
|Hazelwood Central High School
|Bob Orton Jr.
|3 (one adopted)
|43 Years Old
|6 feet 5 inches (196 cm)
|113 kg (250 lbs)
|Professional Wrestler, Actor
|Wife/ Spouse’s Name
|Action Figure, T-Shirt, Hoodie
Randy Orton | Early Life, Family, and Education
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Randy was the son of professional wrestler Bob Orton Jr. and nurse Elaine Orton.
Moreover, talking about the wrestler’s family, his grandfather Bob Orton and uncle Barry Orton are professional wrestlers. His younger brother, Nathan, is a stand-up comedian.
In his early days, his parents, as they were aware of the difficulties in the life of a professional wrestler, tried to persuade him to stay away from the business.
He went to Hazelwood Central High School, from where he graduated in 1998. Notably, Randy was an amateur wrestler there.
Randy Orton | Life Before Wrestling: The Marines
Randy joined the Marines after completing high school in 1998. But as a result of disobeying an order from a commanding officer and going desertion two times.
He was discharged in 1999 for bad conduct. Moreover, Orton spent 38 days in the military prison at Camp Pendleton.
In 2000, Orton debuted in a wrestling career at the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association- Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling (MMWA-SICW).
His father and other promotion staff trained him there. For one month, he wrestled for the promotion.
Randy Orton | Wrestling Career
Ohio Valley Wrestling
After signing a deal with the then World Wrestling Federation in 2001, Orton carried on his training at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville.
There he was, two times OVW Hardcore Champion. Rico Constantino, Steven Richards, and John Cena (then The Prototype) were his notable opponents.
On March 16, 2002, Orton appeared for the first time officially in WWF at WrestleMania X8’s Fan Axxess but was televised only on SmackDown on April 25 of the same year. Instantly, he acquired love from his fans.
And eventually, he was drafted to the Raw brand. In his debut on the show, he defeated Stevie Richards.
Later, he joined Ric Flair, Triple H, and Batista in the Evolution stable, who dominated all the men’s titles on Raw in 2003.
He gained notoriety for feuds with respected wrestlers with his self-proclaimed “The Legend Killer” title. During those times, he developed his famous signature finisher, the RKO.
Youngest WWE Champion
By defeating Chris Benoit at SummerSlam, Orton became the youngest world champion at the age of 24. Besides, he defended the title against Benoit in a rematch on Raw.
However, his Evolution mates were not pleased with his victory, and he had several feuds and fights with them, resulting in his breakup with the group.
Also, he lost to Triple H at the Royal Rumble for the World Heavyweight title in January 2005.
To avenge his title loss to Triple H, Orton agreed with Edge to form a tag team, “Rated-RKO,” that defeated DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels).
Soon, the two became the World Tag Team Champions. However, later they competed against each other, and the team finally broke up when Edge was drafted to SmackDown.
Orton won the WWE Championship in 2007 after John Cena left it due to injury.
He won it again in 2009 by pinning Triple H and retained it with Batista. In June 2010, he regained the title in a fatal four-way match and defended it against Triple H and John Cena.
But he eventually lost it to Cena in an “I Quit” match before regaining against him Hell in a Cell match.
Meanwhile, Orton formed an alliance with Cody Rhoades and Manu called “The Legacy” in 2008. They defeated Batista and Triple H in their debut. But the coalition broke soon in 2010.
World Heavyweight Championships
After becoming the youngest champion in 2004, Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship for the second time in 2011.
He won it at the May 3 episode of SmackDown against Christian, against whom he defended the title three times.
Further, in a No Holds Barred match in August, he again regained the title against Christian.
Later, in December 2013, he defeated John Cena at TLC to become the last heavyweight champion, the fourth for him.
In the orbit of the WWE United States Championship, he defeated the Champion Bobby Roode to be the 18th Grand Slam Champion.
Feuds and Rivalries
Proclaimed as “The Legend Killer,” Orton got in feuds many times in his career.
His feuds include the likes of The Undertaker, his former tag team partner Triple H, Dolph Ziggler, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins), Sheamus, his former Rated-RKO partner Edge, and many others.
He teamed with Daniel Bryan and Kane on the June 14 SmackDown to end the Shield’s unpinned and unsubmitted streak.
His nickname truly reflected his persona of disrespecting many legends of the competition and defeating them on several occasions.
He also adopted “the Viper” character for his deceitful personality, like a snake.
“No one beats The Legend Killer. That’s why I’m the greatest in this business!” – Randy Orton quotes.
Randy Orto | Acting Career
Orton played supporting roles in comedy-drama films That’s What I Am (2011), Changeland (2019), and Long Shot (2019) and appeared in action films 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (2013) and The Condemned 2 (2015).
However, he was replaced every time he was set to be cast for the Marine films The Marine 2 (2009) and The Marine 3: Homefront (2013).
He also played as a guest in the December 2016 episode of the USA network’s action series Shooter.
He appeared on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2004 and on the game show Deal or No Deal with Edge, John Cena, and Bobby Lashey in 2007.
Randy Orton | Titles
Apart from nine WWE Championships and four World Heavyweight Championships, in his WWE career, Randy has also won two Royal Rumbles, 2013 Money in the Bank, and WWE US Championship.
Likewise, he is also the 17th Triple Crown Champion, 10th Grand Slam Champion, and WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Interestingly, he has also been titled as ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2001, ‘Most Hated Wrestler of the Year’ in 2007 and 2009, ‘Most Improved Wrestler of the Year’ in 2004, and ‘Most Popular Wrestler of the Year’ in 2010.
In addition, Randy has also won ‘Wrestler of the Year’ in 2009 and 2010, and many more by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Besides, several magazines have also ranked him No. 1 in the top 500 singles wrestlers (PWI 500) in 2008.
Furthermore, Wrestling Observer Newsletter has given him titles like Most Improved in 2004, Most Overrated in 2013, etc.
Randy Orton | Personal life and Children
Orton was married to Samantha Speno in September 2007, with whom he had a daughter named Alanna Marie Orton in 2008 before they divorced in 2013.
Later, he married Kimberly Kessler, a member of his fan club, in November 2015. Kim and Randy began dating each other in 2012, after the pair locked eyes at a WWE.
They had a daughter named Brooklyn Rose Orton in 2016 and have been living happily at their residence in St. Charles, Missouri.
Moreover, Kimberly also has three sons from her previous relationship.
Randy Orton | Tattoos
Randy’s body is covered with tattoos. He has his wife Kim’s name tattooed on his finger and tribal barbed wire on his upper back across his shoulder.
Likewise, he has a bible passage from Peter 5:8 on his right arm by covering previously written “United States Marine Corps.”
In addition, he also has a rose tattoo on his left arm with his daughter Alanna’s name and birthday.
You can find the latest news, match details, photos, rankings, lists of Randy Orton on the BleacherReport website.
Randy Orton | Net Worth and Salary
From his professional WWE career and roles in some movies, it is expected that Randy has accumulated a net worth of $11 million as of 2024.
He is listed fourth in Forbes’ highest-paid wrestlers’ list with an annual salary of $2.7 million from his WWE contract.
Likewise, he has a lavish hose at St. Charles, Missouri, bought for $1,225,000, and owns several fancy cars like Hummer H2 Dub.
On the other hand, he has made a lot of charity-related contributions in his career.
In particular, he is associated with the Kids Wish Network and regularly contributes to the Make-a-wish foundation.
Social Media Presence:
Randy actively uses popular social media handles like Twitter and Instagram.
Twitter: 6.2 million followers
Instagram: 6.1 million followers
What are Randy Orton’s 5 best matches?
Here is the list of Randy Orton’s 5 best matches:
- Randy Orton Vs. Cactus Jack: Backlash 2004
- Randy Orton Vs. Triple H Vs. Chris Benoit Vs. Edge Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Batista: New Year’s Revolution 2005
- Randy Orton Vs. John Cena Vs. Edge Vs. Shawn Michaels: Backlash 2007
- Randy Orton Vs. Christian: Over The Limit 2011
- Randy Orton Vs. Christian: SummerSlam 2011
What is Randy Orton’s finishing move?
Randy Orton’s famous finishing move is the RKO. The full form of the RKO move is “Randy’s Knock Out.”
It is derived from his initials, which is a jumping version of the cutter move. He also uses other finishing moves like full nelson slam, overdrive, and running punt.
What is Randy Orton’s theme song?
Randy Orton’s theme song is the “Voices” by Rev Theory. It is one of the most iconic songs in WWE.
The music reflects his cold and dark persona with the lyrics talking to him, giving the impressions of his on-stage “the Viper” and “the Killer” character.
How much does Randy Orton weigh?
Randy Orton stands 6 feet 5 inches (196cm) tall and weighs 113 kg (250 lbs). He has an athletic, muscular body.
When was Randy Orton’s WWE debut match?
What is Randy Orton’s diet?
Randy Orton follows a strict diet plan and workout routine to maintain his physique. His diet plan plays a great role in keeping him fit and active in all of his matches.
Moreover, Randy follows a high protein and low carbohydrates diet. He intakes 250g of protein in a day.
His meal usually consists of healthy food like chicken breast, eggs, protein shake, brown rice, salad, tuna fish, bread, etc.
Is Randy Orton released by WWE?
No, Randy Orton is not released by WWE. Though he has been off from the television for over a month and there are certain rumors of his release. But there are no issues between him and the WWE. He will return back to the ring soon.
What did Randy Orton say about John Cena?
Randy Orton said that he really admires John Cena, and he has learned a lot from him during their time working together in WWE.
Randy mentioned during one of his interviews about John saying,
“I learned a lot from him. I learned so much from him because I was in my head a lot. I’ve never known anybody to ask as many questions and jump outside of his comfort zone and try all these things.”