John Cena has compared Randy Orton to a WWE icon.
Orton and Cena have been linked together and compared to each other ever since they starred in the famed OVW class of 2002. The pair, along with Brock Lesnar, Batista, and Shelton Benjamin all vaulted onto the main roster in 2002, and in the cases of Batista, Orton, Lesnar, and Cena, established themselves as legends.
Over the years, Cena and Orton in particular clashed on multiple occasions, with them both sitting at the top of WWE for several years.
Speaking during a new video for WWE’s YouTube channel, Cena looked back at their Iron Man Match at Bragging Rights in 2009. Cena began by discussing the match, before comparing Orton to WWE legend Shawn Michaels.
“I think the great thing about an Iron Man match is you can have the luxury of a three count. The three count can elicit excitement. So if people aren’t interested. You can give them a pinfall. The match had a different dynamic to it. Anytime I can get in there with Randy is great. He and I fit together well and we work together well and I love working with him.
This is the fourth premium live event, as we now call them, and we had done a lot of stipulations before, and we’d added tons of stipulations to this match of anything goes and if I lose, I leave Raw. One could speculate that the possible audience fatigue of watching performers together for half a year is a lot of interaction.
So I do remember the concept of, maybe he should. It hit the pyro and tried to explode me and him being okay with it and not only going to be okay with it, like he really made that work. I think that just goes to show that if we were coming up with concepts like that, we would certainly have exhausted every traditional method of competition.
But the fact that both of us could be like, yeah, that’s a good idea, and let’s wholeheartedly try it. It’s a cool concept, a cool idea. And we were brave enough to try. And that’s, I think, when you’ve had such a history with someone and being in the ring with them. So many times, we both kind of knew like, well, we’re going to have to do some different stuff here.
Randy is my generation’s Shawn Michaels. He has an understanding of nuance and how important it is. He has the best timing of anybody. Like he’s always there, he’s never late. He shows emotion as a performer. He’s incredible. He makes difficult look simple.”
Randy Orton Nearing WWE Return
The Viper hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring since the May 20th, 2022 episode of SmackDown. On the show, Orton and Matt Riddle lost the Raw Tag Team Titles to The Usos.
However, it’s been reported that Randy Orton will make his return at or around Survivor Series.
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