Randy Orton Speaks on WWE Developmental, SDvR 2009, More

– In a new interview with IGN, Randy Orton trained to become a WWE wrestler at the Ohio Valley Wrestling training school in Louisville, Kentucky in the early 2000s. Sitting inside the new Florida Championship Wrestling school in Tampa, Orton says there’s a world of difference, but he’s not bitter about his OVW background. “We had one ring in what was like an old, World War II ammunition factory – it was old, it was torn up, and it wasn’t up to code, that’s for sure. It wasn’t the best conditions, that’s for sure,” Orton recently said at a meeting with THQ and IGN to promote the FCW facility. “I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining, but this is the first time I’ve set foot in this facility, and it’s really amazing.”

OVW only had one ring to get hands-on training, while the FCW facility has several rings to give more in-ring time to the student wrestlers. “More rings means more ring time and it really accelerates the learning process,” Orton said. “It’s really great for these guys coming up.” Orton also commented on the realism on display in the new Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 video game coming out next week. “The little things like the way I walk, the way my head turns from left to right, the way my eyebrows move – THQ really hit it to a tee,” he said. “It’s perfect. It’s amazing.”