Randy Orton isn’t backing down from his thoughts about the style of wrestling on display in NXT.
As you’ll recall, Orton and Tommaso Ciampa got into a Twitter spat this week after Randy criticized all the leg slaps used during NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Ciampa responded by saying Orton’s matches are “better than NyQuil” and Orton replied, “Let me know what time #legslap class starts so I can take my game to the next level.”
During a media call this week promoting Backlash, “The Viper” continued airing his grievances.
“The NXT guys worry me because I see them doing such highly physical things during their matches. They do so many physically impressive things, but those things are dangerous and they wear and tear on your career,” he said.
Furthermore, Orton contends the storytelling aspect of wrestling has taken a back seat with too much emphasis on acrobatics.
“I’m not gonna name names, but a lot of NXT guys work like this. It was just trainwreck after trainwreck after trainwreck,” he explained. “It was all very impressive, but when it’s all said and done and the match is over, I couldn’t remember anything that happened because it was all movement.”
“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and I’ll do it another decade,” Orton continued. “I just turned 40. My plan would be to keep going until my 50th birthday. I think that I would be able to do that, and I would be able to support my family for 30 years of wrestling under Vince McMahon, because of the way that I tell stories in the ring. The facial expressions, the little transitional things that you do on the fly, or that you ad lib during a match, those are the things that people remember.”
Orton saved a specific critique for Ciampa himself, saying that “he needs to learn how to tell stories and slow it down and not think that the fans want to see him kill himself.”
With that being said, Orton says he’d have no issue working with Ciampa. “Whatever Vince gives me to do, whatever my job is on that particular situation, I’m gonna do it. If it’s working with Tommaso Ciampa, then I’d be all for it because I think he’s very talented.”
“The human body wasn’t designed to be able to withstand that type of abuse,” Orton additionally stated. “If you only get three or four years of a career with the WWE because you did a lot of careless, reckless, dangerous moves, you would have to look back and kick yourself in the ass and wish that you didn’t. There’s a smarter way to do it. Smarter, not harder.”
Listen to the media call below.