A rebel that spends a lot more afternoons in detention than study hall, Randy Orton sticks to the shadows of WWE High, scoffing at do-gooders like John Cena and Daniel Bryan. Like his WWE High alum dad, Orton has dabbled in team sports, but they really aren’t his thing. Orton’s a loner, and seldom appears at big social events — but when he does, it’s completely “outta nowhere.”
UPDATE, NOV. 5, 2014: WWE.com has learned that Orton has been diagnosed with a concussion following further tests by WWE physician Dr. Stephen Daquino. “Randy exhibited symptoms of a concussion after the Curb Stomp on the announcer’s desk,” Daquino reported to WWE.com “He also had some facial contusions. Currently he is not cleared to compete and his return timetable is undetermined.”
Continue to check with WWE.com for further updates.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton was injured following an attack at the hands of The Authority, during which he suffered two consecutive Curb Stomps from Seth Rollins; one atop the announce table and another on the steel steps. The extent of the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s injuries is unknown at this time, however, as all medical evaluations of The Apex Predator were done behind closed doors. WWE.com was unable to get official comment from medical staff as to the nature of Orton’s injuries, though locker room speculation is that The Viper had suffered a concussion.
WWE.com hopes to have an official update on Orton’s condition tomorrow.
Check back here tomorrow for an official update on Orton’s condition.
WWE Studios is adding “The Condemned” to its roster of film franchises, with the company tapping Randy Orton to star in “The Condemned 2: Desert Prey,” that Lionsgate will co-produce and distribute.
Roel Reine (“Death Race: Inferno,” “The Scorpion 3″) will direct the actioner from a script by Alan McElroy (“The Marine 4″). Film follows a former bounty hunter who finds himself on the run as part of a revamped Condemned tournament, in which convicts are forced to fight each other to the death as part of a game that’s broadcast to the public.
Orton, one of WWE’s top stars, reunites with Reine on “The Condemned” sequel after having previously worked together on “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded.” “The Condemned 2″ will start production in New Mexico later this year. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin starred in the original, which Lionsgate released in 2007. The film generated $8 million at the box office but went on to perform well on homevideo platforms. “The Condemned 2″ will likely get its primary release on VOD and other home entertainment platforms.
WWE will promote the film across its various TV shows, online platforms and streaming network.
“We are excited to be reteaming with the WWE on ‘The Condemned 2,’ after such a positive experience on the original film,” said Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks. “The combination of their brand marketing capabilities, creativity and deep lineup of dynamic onscreen talent result in a powerful partnership.”
John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell Match
The bitter and historic rivalry between 15-time World Champion John Cena and 12-time World Champion Randy Orton will add yet another chapter on Oct. 26 when the Superstars enter the unforgiving Hell in a Cell to do battle.
The match was brought into play after Dean Ambrose bested the Cenation leader in a No Holds Barred, Contract-on-a-Pole Match on the Oct. 13 edition of Raw. Per The Authority, the Superstar who did not win that contest would still have to compete in a Hell in a Cell Match against the ever-vicious Viper, who petitioned for the stipulation in an attempt to remind all why he considers himself The Face of WWE.
That bold decision paved the way for what’s sure to be an incredible Hell in a Cell rematch. Cena and Orton faced off inside the fearsome Cell once before in 2009. The Viper slithered away from that conflict the winner.
Will the result be the same on Oct. 26 when arguably the two most dominant Superstars of the past decade lock horns again in the career-altering Cell? Will Orton do as he set out to prove, quashing Cena’s never-say-die attitude in the process? Or can Cena — who is no doubt upset about his controversial disqualification win over WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Brock Lesnar, plus , losing his chance to battle Seth Rollins — tap into his dark side against his storied foe, the ever-dangerous Viper?
Be sure to catch the action of one of WWE’s wildest events when Hell in a Cell airs live on WWE Network and pay-per-view Sunday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
#32 Edge vs. Randy Orton: Intercontinental Championship Match (July 19, 2004)
The Intercontinental Title is held in high esteem in WWE, often seen as the last step a Superstar takes on his path to becoming a World Champion. That idea was stuck in the heads of Edge and Randy Orton as the battled over the prestigious championship.
The competitors who would become Rated-RKO several years down the line were neck and neck with each other in this bout, unable to gain a solid advantage. Edge, the champion, inadvertently took out the referee when The Viper ducked to evade his crossbody block. Orton tried to capitalize, grabbing a steel chair to clobber Edge, but The Rated-R Superstar avoided the attack. In the end, Edge gave Orton a taste of his own medicine, rolling him up with his feet on the ropes for leverage to retain his title.
#36 Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Street Fight (June 24, 2013)
Given recent events, it seems like a lifetime ago that Daniel Bryan battled a self-imposed perception of being a “weak link,” but there Bryan was in the summer of 2013, picking a fight with anyone who looked at him the wrong way, especially — in an eerie bit of foreshadowing — Randy Orton. With his first two tilts with The Apex Predator having ended either controversially or indecisively, Bryan and The Viper collided in a Street Fight rubber match with bragging rights on the line, and the “Yes!” man rose rather magnificently to his latest and greatest challenge.
Orton has long been touted as the more vicious of these two competitors, yet Bryan certainly didn’t shy from embracing the gritty stipulation. The introduction of a steel chair proved costly for both men in more ways than one, yet for every attack Orton unleashed, the former WWE Tag Team Champion responded immediately in kind. In the end, Bryan won the way he always promised he would, locking The Viper in a Kendo stick-assisted “Yes!” Lock to force Orton into a rare submission victory. The effort was enough to earn Bryan a handshake from The Apex Predator that showed respect for the beard, respect the fight, and — as is only appropriate after a match like this — respect for the victor.
Randy was looking dapper dressed in all black at the Wrestlemania 30 Press Conference which was held in New York City earlier today. He was joined by Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Batista, Stephanie McMahon and many more WWE Superstars and Divas as they came together to promote Wrestlemania 30 which is this Sunday!