Randy Orton reveals where he got the RKO from. The Viper credited John Lauranitis and Diamond Dallas Page for creating the move.
Wrestlers often share moves in their arsenal. The finishing move however, is the one weapon that makes a wrestler stand out from all others. It is very important that this move not only represents who he is but also thrill the viewers. That is exactly what the RKO is to Randy Orton. Not only is it lethal and entertaining to watch but it is also opportunistic and unpredictable just like his character.
The Viper recently joined Kurt Angle on the most recent edition of ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ on AdFreeShows.com. The two discussed the finishers Orton has had over the years.
Orton, who used to finish his matches with the ‘The OverDrive’ aka ‘O-Zone’, a move where you wrap your head around the opponent’s head before spinning it down into a swinging neckbreaker, revealed that a bad shoulder forced him to abandon the move.
That’s when John Lauranitis decided to send a gift towards Orton’s way and introduce the WWE Universe to the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment.
Randy Orton reveals where he got the RKO from
“But it was just; it wasn’t something I was feeling. I had just had a shoulder injury repaired, so it was kind of messing my shoulder up a little bit, and you know, smarter, not harder, right? So I had to think of something that I could hit everybody with.
“John Laurinaitis, who has always had my back, man, he sat down, and of course, he used to do the Ace Crusher back in the day. So he was like, ‘Hey, take my finish kid. I was like, ‘Really?’ ‘Yeah!’ Diamond Dallas Page made that move famous as well. So, credit to those guys for letting me steal their sh** and make it even better.”
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