Randy Orton Says He Worked With NXT Guys That “Don’t Know What The F**k They’re Doing”


Randy Orton made an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show today

During it, he talked about stepping up his game in WWE in recent years. He also brought up how there’s an art to wrestling and he has to worry about protecting himself in the ring with certain guys so he won’t get hurt. He also knocked NXT talent for not knowing how to work. 

“There is an art to what we do and a lot guys have lost that art. Instead of selling a punch because you need to sell a punch, now I’m protecting myself because I don’t want to get my f**king jaw broken. That’s unfortunate. The art to professional wrestling…when Vince (McMahon) was on (McAfee’s Show), he talked about the number one priority, above all, being protecting your opponent. That’s not taught necessarily in NXT. I know that because I’ve been in the ring with guys that came from NXT and they don’t know what the f**k they’re doing. It’s unfortunate. It’s just how kind of things are changing. Edge, I knew I could trust this guy and give this guy my body in the ring and I don’t have to, in the back of my head, worry about him only being concerned with looking cool in the ring and hitting the f**k out of me and taking my head off. He knows I know how to work and when he hits me, I’m going to sell and react and make it bigger. He doesn’t have to hurt me. The right way to do things in the ring, longevity-wise. There is a reason I’ve done it for 20 years and I’ll do it for another 10 and I want everyone to put food on the table, clothes one their back, and take care of their families for 10, 20, 30 years but they’re not going to be able to because they’re going to be all f**ked up. I’m trying to preach that longevity. If I’m able to think about what’s happening in the moment and not worry about, ‘here’s this f**king guy, I don’t know where he’s coming from,’ because you have to protect yourself.” 

Quotes courtesy of Fightful.com

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