Randy Orton has been a part of WWE since he signed his first contract in 2001 and now the 39-year-old Orton has agreed to a new multi-year deal to remain in WWE, reports PWInsider’s Mike Johnson. Orton is currently a part of WWE’s Raw brand after being on Smackdown for the last three years.
The report from PWInsider notes that there was a belief at Raw yesterday that Orton had signed a new, multi-year deal to remain in WWE and today, PWInsider confirmed that it is true about Orton signing a new contract.
As we have reported a few times in the last couple of weeks, Orton’s WWE contract was set to expire in the summer of 2020, but now Orton is staying right where he is in WWE. It was not reported how long Orton re-signed for, but of late typical WWE contracts have been either four or five-year deals.
Orton has teased a possible WWE departure by posing by a wall that had “ELITE” written on it and teasing that he’ll be reunited with his buddies in The Revival in 2020 when all of their contracts are up. All of that was likely just Orton having fun to get people worked up. It may have helped with his negotiations with WWE as well because if they thought he was leaving then maybe he would get offered more money to stay. We likely won’t know the details of that.
There was a story yesterday that originated from Fightful that we posted as well noting that Orton pitched a stable with The Revival recently, but Vince McMahon said no. It’s not happening because Orton’s a Raw guy while The Revival are on Smackdown. That led some people to think maybe Orton would leave WWE. Nope. That’s not happening.
Orton confirmed he had re-signed with this tweet as well. He noted it was a five-year deal, so that would start in 2020.
The 3 most dangerous letters in sports entertainment- #RKO
just re-signed with the 3 most dominant letters in sports entertainment- #WWE
Looking forward to pi$$ing off the #WWEUNIVERSE for at least 5 more years #WWEBACKSTAGE@FS1@WWE
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) November 6, 2019
Orton is a 14-time WWE World Champion. He last held the WWE Title in 2017 when he lost it to Jinder Mahal. Could he get another major title run that he’s locked up in a new deal? It’s certainly a possibility.
Analysis: I didn’t think Orton was ever leaving. Why would he? He’s got a nice life in WWE as one of the biggest names in company history. Orton is a millionaire many times over and will likely be taken care of by WWE for the rest of his life. He’s going to be that is always going to be associated with the company unless something happens to prevent that. Orton remains the youngest World Champion in WWE history after winning his first World Title at SummerSlam 2004 when he was just 24 years old. Orton turns 40 years old in April and as long as he stays healthy, he should continue to be a main event level for the duration of this contract.
Orton’s new deal will likely give him some weekends because that’s what he has had for the last few years. Orton doesn’t work a full live event schedule. Since Orton has a big family at home, it makes sense to give him some weekends off to be with his family. I don’t know how many dates he’s working, but if it’s under ten total events counting live events and Raw then that’s a great schedule to have.
Congrats to Randy on the new deal. He’ll be delivering those RKO’s OUTTA NOWHERE for many more years to come.