20 Years of Randy Orton
It doesn't always happen that WWE keep track on an actual year to year basis, but it is also a rare sight to see someone hit twenty years within WWE. On April 25, 2002 we saw the debut of Randy Orton against Hardcore Holly which he scored a surprise victory. Orton was the second third generation wrestler under the WWE banner and is still one of only a handful of third generation stars. It took a few years for Randy to live up to his potential, but Evolution gave him a foundation and though the end was a little bumpy once he found his footing he hit the ground running.
Orton really found his footing as a top star in the 2008-2010 range when he had that feud with Triple H and spent a few months taking out each McMahon family member. Though it didn't take the entire time it in my opinion, was the highlight of the time period for the "Viper." It was until a few years later when Orton would become a given good match and a stable presence on the card. There is a reason that Drew McIntyre was given a longer feud with Orton during his title reign then he had with anyone else he had feuded with at the time.
At one point, I wasn't a fan of Orton and preferred just about anyone else on the card and was pretty well just tired of Orton. It would become obvious though that Randy would always find a moment to catch our interest again it didn't matter if it is was the memes, a feud with Brock, or RK-Bro. Since his team with Riddle started taking off Orton has seemed fresh for the first time in a long time as he has never been in the tag team division for this long. I would like to offer congratulations to Randy Orton on a very rare accomplishment something that nobody normally gets nowadays twenty years in WWE.
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