The 25th of April 2022 will be the 20th anniversary of Randy Orton’s first live WWE wrestling match. With a dominance of two decades, The Viper undoubtedly has one of the most remarkable career paths in the history of wrestling. He claims that the key to his longevity is working out how to generate an emotional reaction from the crowd without hurting himself.
The former world champion, Randy Orton appeared on The Pat McAfee Show. In a discussion about the secrets to his long-lasting success in the business. Orton mentioned how he was injured several times at the beginning of his professional career. His injuries made him aware of his limitations. He worked on finding out ways to attract people’s attention without causing major injuries:
It’s a lot of bumps, lot of traveling. But I feel like I kind of got injured very early in my career several times, boom, boom, boom. And I had to figure out. [I thought] ‘if I’m going to do this for a long time. If I’m going to have any kind of longevity. I gotta figure out how to do that.’ And that’s what I’ve done.
I’ve toned back the physicality to the point where I know what I’m capable of. I know what my body’s capable of, but I also know what I need to do out there in order to get a reaction and I don’t need to break my neck. 220 shows a year bro, you can’t physically survive decades in this industry if you’re killing yourself every night.