Monday, September 10, 2007

Randy Orton

Randal "Randy" Keith Orton (born on April 1, 1980), is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestling on its RAW brand. Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler; his grandfather, Bob Orton, Sr., father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and uncle, Barry O, were all professional wrestlers.

Orton has the distinction of being the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in the company's history, and has achieved considerable success as an Intercontinental Champion and World Tag Team Champion. He is nicknamed the Legend Killer, as a part of his gimmick of intentionally attacking star and legendary wrestlers—especially outside the confines of a match.

Randal "Randy" Keith Orton was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 1, 1980. Son to Elaine and "Cowboy" Bob Orton, he is the oldest of two siblings. Knowing from experience the hardships of life as a professional wrestler, Orton's parents tried to convince him to stay away from wrestling; his father warned that life in the ring meant a life on the road, away from family. He still agreed to try other venues first. After graduating from Hazelwood Central High School in 1998 (where he was an amateur wrestler), Orton enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. He was dishonorably discharged about a year later, after going AWOL 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, and was put into a military prison for thirty-eight days.
Orton made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 with the MMWA-SICW in St. Louis, Missouri, an organization that was an off-shoot of the old St. Louis Wrestling Club headed by Sam Muchnick between 1950 and 1983. There, he was trained by such wrestlers as Ron Powers, Gary Jackson, Mark Bland, Jeremy Lightfoot, Phil E. Blunt and promoter Tony Costa as well as his father, Cowboy Bob Orton. During this time, Orton also refereed a few matches with World Organized Wrestling, a promotion where his uncle Barry O worked.

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