Randy Orton recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his WWE debut. The strange and bizarre alliance with Riddle gave him a further boost to his career, despite the experts being quite skeptical about it. In addition to being a 14-time world champion, the Viper has won the Raw Tag Team Championship twice and once each the Intercontinental title, the United States Championship, the World Tag Team Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
He has also won the Royal Rumble match twice and the Money in the Bank once. On August 15, 2004, at SummerSlam, he became the youngest world champion in the history of the federation. At the beginning of his career, the Legend Killer had the chance to work with three authentic monsters of the caliber of Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista, forming the famous 'Evolution' stable.
Bruce Prichard: "WWE seriously risked burning Randy Orton"
Shortly after winning the heavyweight title at SummerSlam, he was betrayed by his own companions. Guest on the latest edition of the Something to Wrestle podcast, Bruce Prichard said WWE should have postponed the betrayal of Randy.
He said: "In hindsight, that betrayal happened too soon. Randy Orton should have enjoyed the world title for longer, instead of facing Triple H right away. Being very young, I think Randy needed a few more months to be fully accepted by the WWE Universe." Despite having collected countless awards, the Viper has often been the subject of criticism over the years.
Recently, Matt Hardy defended his former WWE colleague with the sword: "I think Randy is a really formidable athlete. Those who claim that he doesn't work a lot, is listless and has an arrogant attitude, know nothing about him and don't know the basics of professional wrestling.
When it comes to traditional schooling and storytelling within a match, there is no one better than Orton."