Randy Orton approaches his Twitter account like he does his wrestling matches. Long periods of the usual PG WWE replies to fans, and then a run of vicious tweets from OUTTA NOWHERE!
The tone for the evening was set the other day when Randy retweeted an image from Rip Rogers saying, “Please don’t be an asshole to me, because then I have to be an asshole to you. And I’m way better at being an asshole than you are.” He then proceeded to go on a very honest tirade not typical of a WWE superstar, firstly insulting the online gaming community:
“Just played some Call Of Duty multiplayer. Upsets me at what I hear thru the headset from other players. It’s all they know. #getajob”
Then someone who couldn’t spell John Cena’s name: “Senna wtf”
And replying to someone asking him when he’ll retire:
“When I have more $ then the history of your family tree (could be next week) too bad for u I luv wut I do. Keep watching mark.”
But most newsworthy was Randy tweeting about whether he could ‘whoop’ UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s ass: “If he gains 120lbs im here. Until then, #205Live bro”
Well that’s one way to get people to stay after Smackdown.
This isn’t the first time Randy’s been controversial on Twitter. When asked when WWE will make an RKO From Outta Nowhere shirt a few years ago – around the time that phrase was an Internet meme – Orton replied publicly: “When they make room for something other than Cena merch”
Which brings us onto the man challenging for AJ Styles’ WWE Championship at Royal Rumble.
Do you remember Alex Riley? He was released on Future Endeavours Friday last year with a bunch of other WWE talents. As strange as it sounds now, in 2011 he managed to get himself over strong as The Miz’s protege, with one review calling him a new babyface star. But then his push fell apart and Riley was relegated down the card.
Appearing on Jim Ross’ podcast, Riley has revealed that this was because of an issue with John Cena:
“I will put it this way; there was an incident, and it definitely changed the path in my career. I don’t want to discuss it right now, but I will one day for sure. It was a tough situation at times, we can leave it at that.”
Never one to pass on an opportunity to bury his former employer, Ryback has supported Riley’s claim on his Conversations with The Big Guy podcast:
“It’s not my place to discuss this, but John [Cena] would sit there and bury Riley in front of everybody for no reason…his career is over in the WWE, for no reason outside of John and his personal issues.”
Despite being presented as a blue-eyed babyface for over a decade in WWE, it’s important to remember you can’t stay at the top without keeping other people down. JTG, who used to wrestle as part of Cryme Tyme in WWE, has shared similar stories about Cena backstage, and there’s always his affair with Mickie James while she was engaged to The Spirit Squad’s Kenny Dykstra.
Hustle, loyalty, and respect.
On the flip side, though, you can’t argue against Cena’s passion for WWE. Dave Meltzer recently said on Wrestling Observer Radio, “John could not work house shows, easily, and there’d be no fuss about it at all, but he’s very, very loyal to the company. So when he’s around, he does the full schedule.”
What do you think of the John Cena ‘incident’ with Alex Riley all those years ago? Go into full RAGE mode about it in the comments down below.