– Randy Orton was interviewed on ESPN.com yesterday to promote the Royal Rumble pay-per-view this Sunday. Here are some of the highlights:
ESPN: Your RKO is one of the most spectacular finishing moves in the sport. What do you think it is about the move that makes it something everyone looks forward to seeing, even if we are supposed to hate you?
Randy Orton: It can come out of nowhere. In the air, on the ground, crouched down, setting up for it, it’s just something that’s unexpected, and when I hit it, you’re not kicking out. It’s a great move because I can do it to everybody. Since I don’t need to pick you up, I can hit Big Show with it, I can hit Rey Mysterio with it. I can do it on the run, if you’re back behind me, from either side … it’s the perfect move.
ESPN: You took some time off recently due to injury, and when you came back you were covered in tattoos. Is that a look you always wanted?
Randy Orton: Hell yeah, I’ve always wanted sleeves. Tattoos are addicting, and I used to have this tribal tattoo, but I was never really happy with it. I wanted to get the sleeves, and when I did get hurt, it wasn’t that bad of an injury and I was able to move around just weeks after the bone started to heel. I figured, shoot, this is the best opportunity I’ve got to sit down and get some work done. I got about 50 hours put into my arms. It’s a wash, where it’s a faded art. I have a bunch of skulls and roses, and I have a little rose that’s colored in that’s actually a tribute to my daughter Alanna Marie. They all have their own little meanings to me personally, and I always liked the look of sleeves. I’m really glad I did it.
ESPN: Are the new tats something you want to see updated in your video game character when WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 rolls around?
Randy Orton: For sure. I’ve actually already taken the studio shots for the new game and the new action figure. The next game should definitely have all my new tattoos.
ESPN: You mentioned Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase earlier and how The Legacy is watching your back. Any hopes to add a new member, and if so, wouldn’t Stephanie or Shane McMahon have about the best legacy in the business if you wanted to add one of them?
Randy Orton: I never really thought about that, but that’s a really good idea. I would actually like to make the group one more man strong. I would like to have four guys in my group because I think four is that magic number. We need a big guy. Someone we can count on to be the heater. Someone who is an unstoppable force and an immovable object. Someone similar to how Batista was in Evolution. So yeah, I’m still recruiting for The Legacy but I don’t think Shane McMahon and Stephanie are too happy about what I did to their dad Monday night. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of that.
ESPN: Are there a lot more legacy kids in WWE’s development system?
Randy Orton: Mike Rotunda has two boys who are in FCW, the WWE’s developmental system. Then of course there was (Superfly) Snuka’s son who had his shot, but he’s out. Afa the Wild Samoan’s son had his shot, but he’s out. One guy I’ve been looking at really closely is Harry Smith. He’s Davey Boy Smith’s son, and he’s a big, young kid who has that hunger. He’s a strong boy, and I think he’s at that age now where he’s learned from some of the mistakes he’s made in the past. He originally debuted as DH Smith, but he’s a completely different person right now. I have my eye on him, but we’ll have to see what the future holds. I need one more guy, but he has to have wrestling in his blood and he has to have that potential to one day follow in my footsteps. I won’t settle for anything less.