In 2020, Randy Orton loved one thing of a slight profession resurgence, significantly when it got here to his promos. Whereas he wasn’t wrestler of the yr or something, Orton’s uptick in character work –which began together with his feud in opposition to Edge — mixed together with his normal regular workrate made him a spotlight of the pandemic exhibits.
Apart from Edge, Orton’s most outstanding feud final yr was with Drew McIntyre over the WWE Championship. The 2 battled over the corporate’s most treasured prize all through the late summer season and fall, although this system lasted far longer than it wanted to (a consequence of WWE not increase different high heels for McIntyre to face).
Given the months the McIntyre/Orton feud lasted, it’s stunning to listen to Orton’s preliminary ideas on working with “The Scottish Psychopath”.
At first, Randy Orton had no real interest in working a feud with Drew McIntyre.
Showing on The Damaged Cranium Periods with “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin, Orton mentioned his reservations when it got here to working with McIntyre and the way he grew to benefit from the expertise as this system progressed (h/t to Fightful’s Jeremy Lambert for the transcription):
“Initially, I had no curiosity being in there with him. We acquired nearer and nearer and he grew on me. We had three or 4 pay-per-view matches and I slowly discovered extra about this man. I watched [Austin’s interview with Drew] and I felt that. I’ve gotten to know him to the purpose the place I do know he has a superb coronary heart and I do know he loves this enterprise and this enterprise has given all the things to me and I do know he feels the identical manner. Right here we’re, let’s do what we will to raise one another and make what we love as nice as we will. For me to be a menace to you, that helps me, however now you’ve gotten a gap to dig out of and overcome. Now, he’s acquired me on my heels. We ultimately acquired there, nevertheless it took a few months to get there. He’s good in my guide.”
Orton and McIntyre first wrestled at SummerSlam 2020, with McIntyre countering Orton’s RKO right into a leverage pin to retain the WWE Title. The 2 would sq. off a month later at Conflict of Champions in an Ambulance match, although that encounter centered extra across the legends Orton beat up earlier within the yr getting their revenge on “The Legend Killer” (McIntyre retained the title once more).
Of their third and ultimate PPV match at Hell in a Cell within the present’s eponymous match, Orton lastly beat McIntyre to win the title. Orton held the belt for 22 days earlier than dropping it again to McIntyre on the November 16, 2020 episode of Uncooked. Their final singles match occurred as a part of a Gauntlet Match on the February 8, 2021 episode of Uncooked, with McIntyre successful by countout.
Orton is at present feuding with “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt whereas McIntyre is busy with present WWE Champion Bobby Lashley. Each of these feuds will culminate at WrestleMania 37.
You may watch the complete Damaged Cranium Periods with Orton on Peacock.