The original The Condemned, released in 2007, starred “The Rattlesnake,” “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The sequel stars “The Viper” Randy Orton as bounty hunter Will Tanner, who becomes the human target of the deadly game in which it’s kill or be killed after he fails to capture the leader of a gambling ring. As people bet on who will survive, Will and his father (played by Eric Roberts) put together a team to go after the mastermind of the game, played by Stephen Michael Quezada. The Condemned 2, will be released by Lionsgate in select cities and On Demand on November 6.
Fans of the WWE will already be familiar with Randy Orton’s work in the ring, where he has been a 12-time world heavyweight champion and this is his third film following 2013’s 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded.
WWE superstar Randy Orton only got 12 rounds last time he was in a movie. Now he’s a condemned man. The pro wrestler from USA’s Monday Night Raw and Syfy’s Smackdown tests his acting chops and tosses himself into danger as a bounty hunter on the run in sequel The Condemned 2, in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms November 6th.
Will Tanner (Orton, who also starred in 2013’s 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded) is put into a seriously bad situation after failing to stop the leader (Wes Studi) of a gambling ring. Consequently, Will gets captured by an evil mastermind (Steven Michael Quezada) and becomes one of several “contestants” who have to survive in a televised death match — think Hunger Games but more macho — with bets being placed on who makes it out alive. In Will’s corner? His dad (Eric Roberts) and his team willing to lend a hand before he runs out of lives in this game.
Michael Cole had a chance to talk with Randy Orton. Michael reminds Randy about his ‘excommunication’ from The Authority. Michael asks Randy how it felt to live with that night after night. Randy says something changed in him. The four months he was off, all he could think of was to get his vengeance on Seth Rollins. Randy says he came back and he had his blinders focused on Randy. He thought he would get his revenge at Fastlane, but it did not happen. Randy says he is an opportunist. He wove his way back into the fabric of the Authority so they would trust him. The mind games were a lot of fun.
Michael reminds us that Orton helped Rollins beat Roman Reigns a few weeks ago on Raw. Randy says that he is not friends with Roman Reigns and he will never be friends with him. He used Roman just like he would use anybody else. He would use his grandmother if it meant he could get to Seth Rollins. That was what would get everyone to think he would be trusted. Michael asks Randy why would he say what he did on Raw. Randy says it was reverse psychology. Seth was in a good mood so it was not expected that he would berate everyone. Randy says he was entertaining himself. Then the relief in Seth’s face was tremendous. Randy knew he would exact his revenge, but when that moment happened, it would be sweet. Michael asks Randy why did he do it on Monday. Randy points out that Kane and Big Show were taken care of by Stephanie. During the match, Noble and Mercury removed themselves from the equation. He had Seth right where he wanted him. When Seth wanted him to make the tag, he pulled his hand back. Randy says he saw fear in Seth Rollins’ eye. Something came out and he enjoyed beating the holy hell out of Seth Rollins. It was like all of the weight of the world off his shoulders with every swing of that chair. Every time he threw Seth into the steel stairs or barricade, it was a relief. He enjoyed every minute of it.
Michael asks Randy if he knows there is hell to pay. Randy says he knows that is the case. Michael asks Randy what is the first thing he is going to do on Monday. He is going to find Seth Rollins, spit in his face, and challenge him to a match at Wrestlemania.