WWE Champion Randy Orton article online

randyortondhdg.jpgThe Baltimore Sun ran an article by Kevin Eck, on Randy Orton.

In the article, Randy Orton admits that the arrogant jerk he portrays on WWE television shows isn’t much of a stretch for him. “I’d say there’s a lot of me in that character,” says Orton. “I’ve always kind of been to myself. I wouldn’t say I’m a complete [jerk] in real life, but on the show I just turn the volume up.” It seems Randy savors being a wrestling “heel” and not only expects the sold-out crowd to shower him with jeers and vulgarities, he welcomes it.

Orton goes on to talk about his reputation for immaturity and attitude problems off camera and admits his reputation is well deserved. Orton, 28, got married in September and claims he has settled down over the last year. He and his wife, Samantha, are expecting the couple’s first child, a daughter, in July. “It’s definitely changed me,” he says of starting a family. “I have a wonderful wife that wouldn’t hurt a fly, and I think a lot of that has rubbed off on me. I can’t wait to be a dad, and the fact that I’m going to have a little girl – I jumped through the roof when we were at the doctor’s office and he said that we were going to have a daughter.”

Orton says, when talking about his rocky past, “I definitely had a big head, and I’ll be the first to admit that I made some bad decisions. But back when I was making those decisions, in my head I was doing no wrong. I was forced, more or less, to go to anger management. I was either going to make myself and everyone around me miserable, or I was going to realize that there’s more than one person on this Earth. It definitely has made me a better person.”

Injuries to several of WWE’s top performers gave Orton another opportunity to be the main man. Orton says he realized he was running out of chances and he hasn’t give WWE any reason to regret its decision.

“I think I let a few people down when I was having my problems,” he says. “I heard, ‘Randy, pull your head out of your [butt]’ a few times from Vince [McMahon, WWE chairman]. I think I finally have, and I think that’s why I’m successful right now. I’m where I’m at because I’m happy.”

Despite his newfound maturity and happiness, Orton says he still has no problem channeling his inner jerk when performing, which he plans to do tonight.

“Getting under the fans’ skin and [ticking] them off is what I do best,” he says. “If I can get them throwing things at me, then I know I’ve got them.”

-quotes from Baltimore Sun

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