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WWE News (Exclusive): Is Randy Orton being held back? Former creative team member explains restrictions on Orton's character

Mar 30, 2011 - 2:01:33 PM
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In the new Torch Talk with former WWE creative team member (2009-2010) John Piermarini, he explains some of the restrictions placed on Randy Orton's character that could be viewed as Orton being held back. The following is an excerpt of that four-hour interview that is available in audio format in its entirety to PWTorch VIP members and also is being transcribed each week in the PWTorch Newsletter, also available in digital PDF format for VIP members.

Wade Keller: Randy Orton, I find him fascinating to watch on television and to try to figure out if he’s figuring out who he’s going to be and how he fits into this world. I think he would have been a better fit in the Attitude Era because I think there are some constraints on him. Is he the right guy in the wrong era, or do you think his character has found it’s stride. It seems something hasn’t quite clicked comfort-wise with him and his character in this era?

John Piermarini: Randy Orton would have been the perfect adversary for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the Attitude Era. I think he would have worked great there. I think he can work now, I just think Randy Orton is almost - the way we wanted to do it was, “Look, the kids have got John Cena and the 18-year-olds have Randy Orton.” The thing is, what really made Stone Cold work was Stone Cold did things you wanted to do but you never could. You almost lived through Stone Cold.

Randy - and it’s not his fault because it’s us not giving it to him - but Randy doesn’t have the chance to do that. Randy has done amazing with his character and I’m amazed with Randy almost every single week. I wish we gave him more to work with to really sort of get him into that creative sort of bad-ass yet PG Stone Cold. By no means do we want to make him Stone Cold Steve Austin, but that’s what made Stone Cold cool was doing those things, driving the beer truck. I wish they would give him things to do like that.

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