Randy Orton: Biography, Career, Net Worth, Personal Life of Wrestler
Randy Orton is a highly accomplished American professional wrestler and actor currently signed to WWE. While currently out of action due to a back injury, Orton has left an indelible mark on the industry with his remarkable career spanning over two decades. With an impressive record of world championship reigns, Orton is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He comes from a wrestling lineage, with his grandfather Bob Orton, father Bob Orton Jr., and uncle Barry Orton all being involved in the industry. Orton began his journey in professional wrestling by training and wrestling for the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association and Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling before being signed by the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). His early success led to his membership in the stable Evolution and an Intercontinental Championship reign. Orton tied the knot to his wife, Kimberly Kessler in 2015.
At the young age of 24, Orton became the youngest world champion in WWE history, winning the World Heavyweight Championship. He embarked on a feud with his former stablemates and later formed a tag team called Rated-RKO with Edge, capturing the World Tag Team Championship. Orton continued to make a significant impact, gaining multiple WWE Championship reigns, forming and disbanding The Legacy, aligning with The Authority, and joining The Wyatt Family. He has had legendary rivalries, most notably with John Cena, and has held numerous championships throughout his career, including the United States Championship. Orton's accomplishments include winning the Money in the Bank ladder match, being a two-time Royal Rumble match winner, and headlining prestigious events like WrestleMania 25 and WrestleMania XXX. With a record-breaking number of PPV matches, Orton has cemented his place in WWE history as one of the most successful and celebrated wrestlers of all time.
Randy Orton Background
Randy Orton, born on April 1, 1980, is a professional wrestler known by his real name, Randall Keith Orton. Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, he is the son of nurse Elaine and professional wrestler Bob Orton Jr. He comes from a wrestling lineage, being the grandson of Bob Orton and nephew of Barry Orton, both of whom were professional wrestlers. Randy has a younger brother named Nathan, who is a stand-up comedian, and a younger sister named Rebecca. Despite understanding the challenges of the wrestling industry, his parents initially discouraged him from pursuing a career in wrestling, with his father cautioning him about the demanding nature of life on the road. Randy holds American nationality and identifies as American-White. As of 2023, he is 43 years old.
For his education, Randy attended Hazelwood Central High School, where he participated in amateur wrestling. Upon graduating in 1998, he enlisted with the Marines. However, he received a bad conduct discharge in 1999 after going absent without leave (AWOL) on two occasions and disobeying a commanding officer's order. Consequently, he faced a special court-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and spent 38 days in the brig at Camp Pendleton. He had previously sported a Marine tattoo on his left arm, which he later covered up after receiving his bad conduct discharge.
Randy Orton: From Rebel Marine to Wrestling Legend
- Orton's foray into the world of professional wrestling commenced in 2000, marking his debut at the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) in St. Louis, Missouri. This particular organization was an offshoot of the renowned St. Louis Wrestling Club, which was overseen by Sam Muchnick, a figure of historical significance in wrestling circles. To refine his skills, Orton received training from both the promotion's staff and his father, Bob Orton Jr. During his time with MMWA-SICW, Orton had the opportunity to share the ring with notable wrestlers such as Ace Strange and Mark Bland, showcasing his abilities and gaining valuable experience. Additionally, he dabbled in refereeing duties for World Organized Wrestling (WOW), a promotion which his uncle Barry Orton was associated, further diversifying his involvement in the wrestling industry.
- In 2000, Orton joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was assigned to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky, to further his training. While in OVW, he competed against wrestlers like Rico Constantino and The Prototype (John Cena), and teamed up with Bobby Eaton for a tag team title tournament. Orton achieved success in OVW by winning the Hardcore Championship twice, defeating Mr. Black and Flash Flanagan in separate matches. He also made appearances in non-OVW WWF house shows, facing Billy Gunn and other opponents. As his career progressed, Orton began regularly appearing in WWF house shows and dark matches, often competing in tag team matches. His promotion to the main roster solidified his place in OVW's Class of 2002, alongside Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Dave Bautista.
- Orton made his official WWF debut on March 16, 2002, at WrestleMania X8's Fan Axxess, where he was defeated by Tommy Dreamer. His first televised match came on April 25, 2002, on SmackDown! where he scored a victory against Hardcore Holly. Orton soon transitioned into a face character and engaged in a series of matches with Holly. In September 2002, he was traded to the Raw brand and won his debut match against Stevie Richards. However, shortly after his Raw debut, Orton suffered a shoulder injury, which kept him out of action for months. During his recovery, he appeared on Raw in the Randy News Network segment, slowly transforming into a narcissistic and self-centered heel.
- Once his injury healed, Orton joined the Evolution stable alongside Ric Flair, Triple H, and Batista. The group dominated Raw from 2003 to 2004, holding all of the men's titles on the brand after Armageddon in 2003. Orton primarily assisted Triple H in his World Heavyweight Championship defenses and participated in an Elimination Chamber match at SummerSlam. Orton then adopted the "Legend Killer" persona, feuding with established veterans and disrespecting them. With the guidance of Ric Flair, he defeated Shawn Michaels in a high-profile match dubbed "Legend vs. Legend Killer" at Unforgiven. Orton also introduced his signature finisher, the RKO, and won the Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam. He held the title for 210 days, the longest reign in seven years. Orton continued to establish himself as the "Legend Killer" by challenging Mick Foley to a hardcore match at Backlash, where he successfully defended his title in a brutal encounter. He later lost the Intercontinental Championship to Edge at Vengeance in July.
- Following his loss to the Intercontinental Championship, Orton earned a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship by winning a 20-man battle royal on July 26. At SummerSlam, he defeated Chris Benoit to become the youngest world champion in WWE history at just 24 years old. However, Orton's celebration with Evolution quickly turned sour as they revealed their displeasure with his victory. Triple H, Flair, and Batista attacked Orton, leading to his expulsion from the stable. Orton refused to hand over the championship and spat in Triple H's face, solidifying his face turn. He continued his feud with Evolution, eventually losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Triple H at Unforgiven. Seeking revenge, Orton humiliated his former stablemates and defeated Ric Flair in a steel cage match. He also had a brief stint as the general manager of the Raw brand and feuded with Triple H, utilizing his authority to put his opponents at a disadvantage during title defenses. Orton participated in an Elimination Chamber match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship but was eliminated by Triple H with assistance from Flair and Batista. Despite a loss against Triple H at the Royal Rumble, Orton's upward trajectory continued.
- Orton's storyline took a dramatic turn as he began a relationship with Stacy Keibler and had a brief feud with Christian in February 2005. After an appearance by Superstar Billy Graham, Orton set his sights on The Undertaker, vowing to end his undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Orton taunted The Undertaker and even attacked his on-screen girlfriend, Stacy Keibler. Despite being warned by Jake Roberts, Orton remained defiant. At WrestleMania 21, Orton lost the highly anticipated match. Following the event, Orton faced Batista but claimed to be injured from his match with The Undertaker. Orton returned to SmackDown after the draft lottery and resumed his feud with The Undertaker, ultimately defeating him at SummerSlam with his father's assistance. In a shocking turn of events, Orton and his father locked The Undertaker in a casket and set it ablaze, symbolically killing off his character. Orton then participated in the Survivor Series elimination match, securing a victory for Team SmackDown. The Undertaker made his return, leading to a brutal Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon, which The Undertaker won, putting an end to their long-running feud.
- After his feud with The Undertaker, Randy Orton entered the 2006 Royal Rumble match but was eliminated by Rey Mysterio, who went on to win the match. Orton challenged Mysterio for his title shot at No Way Out and made controversial remarks about Eddie Guerrero, Mysterio's friend who had recently passed away, to gain villain heat. Orton won at No Way Out, earning Mysterio's title shot for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22. However, he was unsuccessful in his attempts to capture the title, losing to Mysterio at WrestleMania and in a subsequent match on SmackDown.
- Orton was suspended for sixty days for "unprofessional conduct" and upon his return, he joined the Raw brand and engaged in rivalries with Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, and Shawn Michaels. He formed the tag team Rated-RKO with Edge and became the first team to defeat D-Generation X since their reunion, winning the World Tag Team Championship. After losing the tag titles, Orton focused on the WWE Championship and challenged John Cena. Their feud culminated in a match at SummerSlam, which Orton lost. He continued his "Legend Killer" persona, feuding with Shawn Michaels and targeting other legends. Orton became the number one contender for Cena's WWE Championship and defeated him at No Mercy to win the title. He had several successful title defenses against the likes of Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, and Jeff Hardy before eventually losing the title to Triple H at Backlash in a fatal four-way elimination match. Orton's reign as WWE Champion showcased his rise as a top star and established him as a prominent figure in the company.
- Upon being cleared to return to the ring, Randy Orton's comeback was short-lived as he suffered a reinjury in a motorcycle accident. However, he made his return to Raw on September 1, where he criticized the champions, including Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, berating them for allowing Cryme Tyme to steal their titles. This incident motivated Rhodes and DiBiase to gain Orton's respect. At Unforgiven, they assaulted World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk, leading to him vacating the title. Orton resumed in-ring action on November 3, facing Punk but losing by disqualification when DiBiase interfered. Orton sought retaliation by punting DiBiase in the head. At Survivor Series, Team Orton, including Rhodes, emerged victorious. Orton proposed the formation of an alliance called "The Legacy" with Rhodes and Manu, which debuted the following week by defeating Batista and Triple H. Orton later lost to Batista in a single match at Armageddon.
- In 2009, Orton began a feud with the McMahon family, particularly Stephanie McMahon, whom he berated and attacked, leading to a No Holds Barred match against her brother Shane McMahon at No Way Out, which Orton won. Orton claimed to suffer from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), blaming his actions on the disorder and stating that WWE knew about it. He won the 2009 Royal Rumble match and challenged Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 25 but was unsuccessful. Orton later won the WWE Championship at Backlash in a six-man tag team match involving Legacy. He had a series of title defenses, including against Batista, which resulted in retaining the title via disqualification. Orton lost and regained the title against John Cena at Breaking Point and Hell in a Cell, respectively. He then engaged in a feud with Kofi Kingston and won the WWE Championship in a six-pack challenge match at Night of Champions. Orton feuded with Wade Barrett, losing the title to The Miz. He then won the title back and had subsequent feuds with Christian, Mark Henry, and Cody Rhodes, successfully defending the title. Orton also had rivalries with Wade Barrett, Kane, Alberto Del Rio, and The Shield, aligning himself with Sheamus to face them at WrestleMania 29.
- In July 2013, Randy Orton emerged victorious in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank, securing an opportunity to challenge for the title within the next year. At SummerSlam in August, Orton made a heel turn and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Daniel Bryan, who had just won the WWE Championship. With the endorsement of Vince McMahon and the newly formed Authority, Orton became the "face of the company." However, his reign was short-lived as he lost the title to Bryan at Night of Champions in September but was not awarded the championship back when Bryan was stripped of it due to a fast count. Orton regained the title at Hell in a Cell with the help of special guest referee Shawn Michaels. He went on to unify the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating John Cena at TLC in December. Orton continued to defend the title successfully against various challengers, including Cena and Seth Rollins, until losing it to Bryan at WrestleMania XXX in April 2014.
- After a three-month hiatus, Orton returned in February 2015 and feuded with Seth Rollins. He defeated Rollins at WrestleMania 31 but failed to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in subsequent matches at Extreme Rules and Payback. Orton also participated in the Money in the Bank ladder match but was unsuccessful. He engaged in feuds with Sheamus and The Wyatt Family, culminating in Orton aligning himself with Bray Wyatt. Orton and Wyatt won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship together but eventually lost the title. Orton won the Royal Rumble match for the second time in his career in 2017 but chose not to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33. Instead, he turned on Wyatt and defeated him for the WWE Championship at the event. Orton lost the title to Jinder Mahal and failed to regain it in subsequent matches. He faced Mahal in a Punjabi Prison match at Battleground but was again unsuccessful in capturing the title.
- During this period, Randy Orton was involved in several feuds and championship matches. He started a feud with Rusev, defeating him in a quick match at SummerSlam. Orton then faced Shinsuke Nakamura in a number one contender's match but lost. He had a brief feud with Rusev, losing to him in another short match. However, Orton eventually defeated Rusev at Hell in a Cell, concluding their rivalry. He also qualified for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series but was eliminated by Braun Strowman. Orton had a shot at the United States Championship, defeating Bobby Roode but losing it to Jinder Mahal at WrestleMania 34. He continued his feud with Jeff Hardy but was unable to capture the title. Orton underwent knee surgery and took a hiatus from wrestling. After returning, he turned heel and attacked Jeff Hardy. Orton defeated Hardy in a Hell in a Cell match and had various feuds with Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles, and Kofi Kingston. Orton won the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell but lost it back to Drew McIntyre. He also engaged in a feud with Bray Wyatt, defeating him in a Firefly Inferno match. Orton continued to clash with Wyatt and Alexa Bliss, leading to various confrontations and matches. At WrestleMania 37, Orton defeated The Fiend with help from Bliss.
- Following WrestleMania, Randy Orton formed a tag team partnership with Riddle, calling themselves RK-Bro, and they turned face. They achieved their first major success by defeating AJ Styles and Omos at SummerSlam to become the Raw Tag Team Champions. They successfully retained their titles against Styles and Omos in a rematch at Crown Jewel and also defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos, at Survivor Series. Orton set a new record for the most PPV matches in WWE history during this period. On Day 1, RK-Bro defended their championships against The Street Profits. They lost the Raw Tag Team Championship to Alpha Academy on January 10, 2022, but regained them in a Triple Threat match on March 7, beginning their second reign. Orton entered the Royal Rumble but was eliminated by Brock Lesnar. RK-Bro successfully defended their titles at WrestleMania 38 in a triple-threat match. They were challenged by The Usos for a championship unification match at WrestleMania Backlash, but Orton suffered a legitimate back injury and went on hiatus for the remainder of 2022.
- Randy Orton's ventures into the entertainment industry included several film roles. Initially set to star in The Marine 2 (2009), an action film, he was replaced by Ted DiBiase due to a collarbone injury. However, Orton did have a supporting role as the father of a school bully in the comedy-drama film That's What I Am (2011). He was also set to star in The Marine 3: Homefront (2013) but was replaced by The Miz due to his controversial military background. Despite this, Orton found success in action films like 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (2013) and The Condemned 2 (2015). He made a guest appearance as James Richards, a former Navy SEAL, in an episode of the action series Shooter in December 2016. Orton also had supporting roles in the comedy-drama film Changeland (2019) and the romantic comedy film Long Shot (2019).
- In addition to his film career, Orton made appearances on various television shows. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2004 to promote Taboo Tuesday and participated in the game show Deal or No Deal in March 2007 alongside Edge, John Cena, and Bobby Lashley. Orton was featured on the cover of the video game WWE '12. Furthermore, he gained online popularity in 2014 when clips of him performing his signature RKO move were superimposed onto internet "fail" videos, contributing to a viral trend on Vine and other platforms.
Randy Orton Awards and Achievements
The Baltimore Sun
- Wrestler of the Year (2009)
Guinness Book of World Records
- Most appearances on pay-per-view for a male WWE wrestler
Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Hardcore Championship (2 times)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Feud of the Year (2009) vs. Triple H
- Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2007, 2009)
- Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2004)
- Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2010)
- Rookie of the Year (2001)
- Wrestler of the Year (2009, 2010)
- Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2008
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
- WWE Championship (10 times)
- World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Edge
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Riddle
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper[c]
- Money in the Bank (2013)
- Royal Rumble (2009, 2017)
- Seventeenth Triple Crown Champion
- Tenth Grand Slam Champion (under current format; eighteenth overall)
- Slammy Award (2 times)
- Hashtag of the Year (2014) – #RKOOuttaNowhere
- Rivalry of the Year (2020) vs. Edge
- WWE Year-End Award for Shocking Moment of the Year (2018) – Tearing Jeff Hardy's ear
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Improved (2004)
- Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic (2006) Exploiting the death of Eddie Guerrero ("Eddie's down there... in Hell!" promo)
- Most Overrated (2013)
- Worst Feud of the Year (2013) – as member of The Authority vs. Big Show
- Worst Feud of the Year (2017) vs. Bray Wyatt
- Worst Feud of the Year (2021) vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (2017) vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33
Randy Orton's Joyful Family: Love, Marriage, and Parenthood
Randy Orton is happily married to his wife, Kimberly Kessler. After getting engaged in July 2015, the couple exchanged vows on November 14, 2015. Their love was further enriched with the arrival of their daughter, Brooklyn Rose Orton, on November 22, 2016. Brooklyn is the fourth child for Kimberly and the second child for Randy. Together, they form a joyful and contented family unit, cherishing the love and happiness they share.
Prior to his marriage with Kimberly, Randy Orton was rumored to have been involved with model Jessica Huntington. However, in 2003, he began dating Samantha Speno after meeting her at a bar. Their relationship blossomed, leading to their engagement in November 2005 and their marriage on September 21, 2007. The couple welcomed their first and only child, daughter Alanna Marie Orton, on July 12, 2008. Unfortunately, their relationship faced challenges, and they eventually decided to separate in late 2012. Their divorce was finalized in June 2013. Additionally, Randy briefly dated Kelly Kelly from 2008 to 2009, adding a chapter to his romantic history.
What is Randy Orton's net worth?
Randy Orton, a highly successful wrestler, has accumulated a net worth of $15 million as of 2023, with an annual income of $4 million. His wrestling career has been the primary source of his wealth, having established himself as a prominent figure in the industry for over two decades. In addition to his wrestling endeavors, Randy has secured various brand endorsements throughout his career. While not associated with major mainstream companies, he has secured sponsorships with Grasp Chairz, a gaming chair firm; Kwinn Pop, a media and podcasting company; and 1st Phorm, a nutrition and supplement company. Furthermore, Randy receives a portion of the revenue generated through WWE merchandise sales, further contributing to his financial success. He is living a lavish lifestyle as of now.
Randy Orton's real estate portfolio includes a significant property in North Carolina, valued at approximately five million dollars. Additionally, he maintains a small apartment in Connecticut, as it offers proximity to the WWE headquarters. After residing in Saint Charles, Missouri, for an extended period, Randy Orton now calls a luxurious 7,437-square-foot home in O'Fallon, Missouri, his residence. Acquired in mid-2016 for $1,525,000, the property sits on nearly four acres of land and boasts four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, five fireplaces, a pool, a media room, a pool room, a fitness room, an exercise room with a sauna, a three-car garage, and a cabana with a fireplace. When it comes to his automobile collection, Randy Orton possesses some truly impressive and high-priced vehicles. Among them are a Lamborghini Huracan valued at $213,000, a Hummer H2 DUB Edition worth $80,000, a Range Rover Vogue with a price tag of $90,000, and a Mercedes Benz GLS Class valued at $99,000. These cars exemplify his taste for luxury and showcase his passion for high-performance automobiles.
Randy Orton Measurements: Height, Weight, and Size
Randy Orton is a charismatic individual with a striking presence. His athletic build perfectly complements his impressive height, standing at an impressive 6 ft 5 in (196 cm). With a weight of 250 lb (113 kg), he exudes strength and power. Dark brown hair and piercing blue eyes enhance his captivating features, while his distinctive traits include his expressive eyes, a meaningful tattoo of his daughter's name adorning his left forearm, and his iconic move known as the RKO.
When it comes to his body measurements, Randy Orton boasts an impressive physique. His chest measures around 46 inches or 117 centimeters, his well-defined arms and biceps have a circumference of approximately 16 inches or 41 centimeters, and his waist measures about 33 inches or 84 centimeters. Furthermore, his shoe size is an impressive 15 (US). To maintain his physical prowess, Orton has received training from esteemed mentors such as Bob Orton Jr., Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and South Broadway Athletic Club. Through his dedication and training, Randy Orton continues to leave an enduring impact in the world of professional wrestling.
Trivias About Randy Orton You Need To Know.
- Randy was warned by his dad to not become a wrestler as he would need to spend his time away from family.
- Randy has hypermobile shoulders.
- He was a straight-A student in school.
- In reality, he is good friends with wrestler “The Undertaker.”
- When he won the WWE Heavyweight Champion title at 24, he became the youngest person to achieve so.