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Randy Orton’s RKO has taken out every heavy hitter from Hulk Hogan to John Cena. So it may come as a surprise that the maneuver was innovated by John Laurinaitis — the former Raw General Manager who is better known to the WWE Universe for his misguided governance than his Japanese ring career.
“The RKO, or as I call it, the Ace Crusher, was invented back in 1987,” the onetime Johnny Ace told WWEClassics.com. “I was a young kid training and Barry Windham said to me, ‘Why don’t you do a front face neckbreaker as a move?’ ”
It wasn’t until Laurinaitis headed to All Japan Pro Wrestling in ’88 that he debuted the maneuver. In the ring with studs like “Dr. Death” Steve Williams and Kenta Kobashi, the tag team specialist needed a move that would stand out. When he dropped his first Ace Crusher in Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, the audience was appropriately blown away.
“The crowd cheered and then went into an awe, because they’d never seen a move like that before,” Laurinaitis remembered.
Big Johnny later showed Diamond Dallas Page how to perform the maneuver, which Page redubbed the Diamond Cutter. DDP, in turn, passed it on to Randy Orton.
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Charlie talks with WWE Superstar Randy Orton, Florissant native, about how he became a star, growing up in Florissant and the upcoming Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con. (Orton appears on Fri., Mar. 22, 5:30P-7:30P, America’s Center — Tickets at http://www.wizardworld.com, press on Tickets Bar, or at the America’s Center door)
I’ve added 12 photos of Randy meeting with WWE Circle of Champions honorees. Tucker & Grant before Smackdown on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Ok into the gallery.
Circle of Champions – February 2013
WWE posted a new feature titled “The Kids From OVW That Changed WWE” dedicated to telling the story of four superstars who began their start in OVW back in the day only to come to WWE and leave their mark.
We’ve added 4 photos from the feature which you can check out in the gallery!
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On February 6th Randy sat down and met with hundreds of fans at the annual Washington Auto show in Washington D.C. – Where as you can see, had a great time getting to take a moment and meet and chat with his many fans.
You can check out the photos in the gallery now.
In 2003, Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista formed the dominant WWE faction known as Evolution. Ten years later, WWE Classics examines the group’s rise to power and the greed and jealousy that ultimately corrupted them.