Randy Orton recently spoke with ESPN.com about his career and more. Here are the highlights.
On suffering a concussion during his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: “Even now, four months later, I don’t even know what happened,” Orton said. “If it was supposed to happen, I wasn’t aware of it. Basically s— happens in that ring and he’s a big old dude and he has some bony-ass elbows and that’s all I can say. But there’s an art to what we do. We’re not trying to kill each other. We got 200 shows a year so taking a blow like that to the head definitely pisses me off because I’m on the shelf for three weeks with a concussion and I had just gotten my boots back on a month before SummerSlam after being out 9-10 months with a shoulder injury. So all those facts pissed me off but when you do this for a living s— happens. I was in a ladder match a few years ago and knocked a guy off a ladder. I turned around and the ladder bounced back right on the top of my head and I got 12 staples. The high-risk stuff can hurt but sometimes those little things that you’re not looking for can leave you with 12 staples in your head. It’s not ballet, as the popular saying goes backstage. We signed up for this and we knew what we were signing up for and at SummerSlam, that’s what I chopped it up to. There was a lot of blood and hell yeah that pissed me off but I signed up for that main event and I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. I knew it wasn’t going to be me and Shawn Michaels. I knew that.”
On his current storyline with The Wyatt Family: “I’m really enjoying the current storyline I’m in with the Wyatt Family,” Orton said. “It’s kind of allowed me to remember that I have more creative liberty here than I’m used to. I can change my gear now. I had an idea the other day where I told Kevin Dunn [WWE executive vice president of television production] on the day of the pay-per-view, ‘Can we splice some of my old music into our entrance music just to make it a little different and make me more a part of being a Wyatt?’ He thought it was a great idea and they did it for me that night. Little tweaks like that always help.”