WWE Superstar Randy Orton was the special guest this week on “The Kurt Angle Show” on AdFreeShows.com. Orton recounted how he and Kurt Angle first met, their WrestleMania 22 match together, growing up as the son of Bob Orton Jr., and more.
Here are some highlights:
Randy Orton has been asked to share his memory of his triple threat match with Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 22:
“I remember they accompanied me. This (WrestleMania) was after HHH and Batista. I think before that I was supposed to be with HHH and do the big mania story, and I messed up somewhere along the lines. I think now my punishment was over and they were ready to come with me again. I mean they were running with me and they were going to give me the title for this Triple Threat. I could be wrong, but it’s still my memory. I think I got a little bit of heat for some silly, punk young shit I did and I think they ended up going with Rey, right? But it’s hard to remember the exact ones back then, but I know 2006 was a tough year for me personally. So, that was in the middle of it all too. There’s a good reason I can’t remember that year too much, but I do remember the game. I remember not having had much time for the game. It might have started at 20 or 18 minutes, and by the time, like every WrestleMania, by the time we got to our game, I think we had lost at least half of it. The real one in the ring couldn’t last more than 10 minutes if I remember correctly. “
Angle asked Orton, “How weird was it to angle and heat up the late, awesome Eddie Guerrero with Rey Mysterio?” Did you find this a little strange to do or were you comfortable with it? “
Orton said: “100% uncomfortable with it. Rey assured me this was something Eddie wanted. Even still, Rey and I went to see Vickie, and Vickie gave us her blessing. She said the same thing: “Eddie would have liked to help you in this way.” If he could have used his death in some way to help the business, however morbid it might sound, he would have wanted us to, especially with Rey being involved. So while it’s a horrible tragedy and we’ve all lost a friend, it’s something that has helped me throughout my career. As the villain talking about this, it’s heat. It worked and it helped with the angle between me and Rey. But, looking back, it will always be something that was a bit, there are a lot of things that I have done in my career that have made me uncomfortable. I think we can all agree on that. But, in particular, this is something I put at the top of this list.
Orton has been asked to talk about his favorite WrestleMania moment:
“I feel like I had so many little mini WrestleMania moments. It’s hard to really put your finger on one. I’m thinking for myself, maybe, WrestleMania 20. I was there with Mick, Rock, Ric, Batista, and just that feeling in my stomach at Gorilla at the Garden right before I went out. I think for me it’s about as close as I can remember, especially so far back, that exact feeling I had. It’s like, what a feeling to be so young and to hang out with that kind of talent, especially at the Garden. Wrestlemania 20. Twenty years, two decades after my father participated in the original Wrestlemania main event in the same building. So this whole story comes together. Then on top of that, my dad was there to see the game in person, it wouldn’t be a fan moment, but, as far as the WrestleMania moments go, it would be mine.
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