– Brian Soscia of BeneathTheMat.com recently interviewed Randy Orton. Here are some highlights:
What he thinks are the differences with himself between when he first started wrestling and now: “I guess when I started I wasn’t as responsible as I am now. I’m a father now and I think with that came a lot of that responsibility. I have a family to take care of and a family to look out for. So, I have to put them first. Before I was married, before I became a father, I really thought I was invincible, like I think most guys in their early twenties are. A couple humbling experiences and here I am. I think the biggest difference is that I’m a little bit more mature. Still a kid at heart, but I think twice before I make every decision now. I know that every decision I make could impact my daughter.”
Does he ever travel with his family to wrestling shows in an RV: “Well yeah. It’s actually not an RV. They call them Star Coaches. It’s like a fifty foot bus. It’s got a kitchen and a bunk and a king size bed in the back with wifi and a satellite. After being on the road a decade driving 800, 1000 miles a week, I thought now that I can afford it, I’m going to treat myself. A couple of us do it: Cena, Big Show, Triple H, Undertaker had a bus, Punk has a bus, Mysterio had a bus. When guys get to a point in their career where they feel they deserve it, if they can do it, they do it. I think, longevity wise, it’s going to put another five, six, seven, eight, maybe even more, years on my career. ”
How much longer will he wrestle: “I think the tank’s still pretty much full. What I try to do is every couple months take a weekend off. Sometimes with us time flies by and before you know it you haven’t had a day off, a good night’s sleep, in a long time. Your body needs that. Your mind needs that. When you have a family you got to find a week here and there throughout the year where you can just hang up the boots and be a dad, be a husband and not be traveling the world being a WWE superstar. Everybody needs that.”
What his time was like in the ring with Hulk Hogan: “It was great. It’s magical with him, guys that are over like that. If you get the chance to be in there with someone that well known, even though I think he had a hard time moving around, it didn’t matter. That’s how powerful that brand is. He showed it, back in 2005 I think it was.