Randy Orton, the WWE legend known for his iconic RKO move, has transcended the boundaries of wrestling fame to make an unexpected appearance in the world of Formula 1. The Mercedes F1 team, led by Toto Wolff, recently found itself in a surprising connection to the wrestling superstar, despite Wolff’s previous disdain for WWE-style theatrics in motorsport.
The RKO Connection: George Russell’s Tribute to Alex Albon
In the world of Formula 1, where Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen currently dominate the scene, discussions about introducing regulations to slow them down have surfaced. Toto Wolff, the Mercedes Team Principal and a fierce rival of Red Bull, voiced his displeasure about the potential changes, arguing that they would harm the sport by making it appear scripted, much like WWE.
However, a surprising twist occurred when Mercedes driver George Russell, who races under Wolff’s banner, invoked the name of Randy Orton in a complimentary manner while discussing a fellow driver. Russell referred to Alex Albon, who in 2019 was promoted to Red Bull Racing, a move that took the F1 world by storm. Russell commented, “Alex just came through like full Randy Orton out of nowhere, straight into Red Bull, and I’m thinking ‘Whoa, what is going on here?'”
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A Flattering Comparison: Albon’s Ascent
This comparison to Randy Orton serves as a flattering testament to Albon’s talents and meteoric rise in Formula 1. Being likened to a WWE legend by a driver from a team whose boss disapproves of WWE-style storytelling in F1 is indeed a unique twist in the motorsport world.
Randy Orton’s WWE Comeback on the Horizon
While Randy Orton has been away from the WWE since his last appearance in May 2022, where he teamed up with Matt Riddle as RK-bro to face the Usos on Smackdown, there is hope on the horizon for his return. The wrestling superstar has been sidelined due to a back injury, but according to Xero news, his time away from the ring may soon come to an end.
Although WWE has not officially announced Orton’s return, there is optimism within the wrestling community that ‘The Viper’ will make his comeback before the end of 2023.