EST July 2004 | The only approved source for all things on WWE Superstar, Randy Orton.

I’ve added 4 photos of Randy along with Rey Mysterio signing autographs and meeting with children from Make-A-Wish during a private signing held earlier today have been added into the gallery.

You can check out exclusive videos of Randy’s best RKO’s below!

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.

WATCH: Randy Orton’s earth-shattering RKOs

Original Article: WWE.COM

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.

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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!

Original Article: WWE.COM

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.

Randy Orton (2,427 Days)
When Randy Orton was drafted to SmackDown in 2011, he likely gazed into the mirror and asked himself one question: “Do I still have what it takes to take back what I lost?”

As a former seven-time World Title holder, The Viper had already proven his credentials as one of the most influential champions of the 21st century. Now, he needed to show his reputation was warranted to a roster of competitors that looked little like the one he faced upon becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history in 2004.

Of course, WWE’s Apex Predator proceeded to challenge and defeat Christian for the World Heavyweight Title and held it for more than two months. The experience Orton received in the six years, seven months and 24 days between his reigns as World Champion only made the success that much greater.

Source: WWE.COM

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