Randall Keith “Randy” Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and actor who has been employed by WWE since 2001. He is a 12-time world championa, having held the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship eight times and the World Heavyweight Championship four times. He was also the final holder of the World Heavyweight Championship before it was unified with the WWE Championship, now called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and his uncle Barry Orton all competed in the professional wrestling business. Before being promoted to the main World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) roster, Orton trained in and wrestled for Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling for a month. He was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he held the OVW Hardcore Championship twice.
Orton became a member of the stable Evolution shortly after his WWE debut, which quickly led to a Intercontinental Championship reign, his first title with the company. He also acquired the moniker “The Legend Killer” during a storyline where he began disrespecting and then physically attacking WWE Hall of Famers and wrestling veterans. At age 24, he became the youngest person ever to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. With this win, he departed from Evolution and a feud with his former stablemates began. In 2006, Orton joined forces with Edge in a tag team known as Rated-RKO. Together, they held the World Tag Team Championship.
After Rated-RKO disbanded in mid-2007, Orton gained two WWE Championship reigns in one night. He formed the group The Legacy with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in 2008. It disbanded in 2010 and Orton returned to singles competition. From 2013 to 2015, Orton was aligned with The Authority, who named him the “face of the WWE”. Overall, he has won 14 total championships in WWE. He is also the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble match and has headlined many pay-per-view events for the organization, including WrestleMania XXV and WrestleMania XXX.
Orton was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Bob Orton, Jr. and his wife Elaine. He is the grandson of Bob Orton, Sr. and the nephew of wrestler-turned-musician Barry Orton. He has two younger siblings, Nate and Rebecca and an adopted brother named Roderick. Knowing from experience the hardships of life as a professional wrestler, Orton’s parents tried to convince him to stay away from the business, and his father warned him that life in the ring meant a life on the road and away from family. Orton attended Hazelwood Central High School, where he was an amateur wrestler.
After graduating from high school in 1998, Orton enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. At the base, he received a bad conduct discharge a year later after Deserting on two separate occasions and disobeying an order from a commanding officer. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Private First Class Orton was tried and convicted under a special court-martial, subsequently spending 38 days in a military prison.
In November 2005, Orton announced his engagement to his girlfriend Samantha Speno. They married on September 21, 2007. Their first child, Alanna Marie Orton, was born on July 12, 2008. Orton has a tattoo of his daughter’s name on his left forearm, with her birthday initialled beneath in roman numerals. In June 2013, Orton and Speno divorced, having separated in late 2012. In July 2015, Orton announced his engagement to Kim Marie Kessler.
Orton has hypermobile shoulders. He had a United States Marine Corps tattoo on his left arm, but covered it up after receiving a bad conduct discharge when he went AWOL twice. He was sent home after serving 38 days in a military prison at Camp Pendleton.
On March 19, 2007, Sports Illustrated posted an article on its website as part of its continuing series investigating a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. That article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Orton who was alleged to have obtained clomiphene citrate, anastrozole, and the steroids stanozolol, nandrolone, oxandrolone, and testosterone. WWE has since made a statement on this situation, claiming that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006.
Upon being medically cleared to wrestle after breaking his collarbone in a last man standing match at One Night Stand against Triple H, Orton re-injured his collarbone in a motorcycle accident. On July 30, 2013, he was attacked by a spectator in Cape Town during a WWE tour of South Africa. WWE stated that the attack was not part of the planned events.