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Randy Orton Would Stay Involved With WWE If He Had To Retire From In-Ring Competition

Randy Orton will not leave the WWE if he is forced to retire.

The Viper has suffered with injuries in recent years. He missed 18-months of action between 2022 and 2023, with a back injury putting his career in jeopardy.

Orton feels the best he has since his 20s. Doctors told he could never wrestle again before his comeback at Survivor Series last year. This made his contemplate his career and what he would do if he was forced to retire from the ring.

Randy Orton spoke with Bill Apter for Sportskeeda WrestleBinge. Apter asked what he would done if he had to retire. The former WWE Champion revealed that he would have still been involved with the WWE, noting he’s never wrestled outside the company.

He said he would work backstage. Potentially as a producer or training new talent in the Performance Center.

“I would have been involved in some way, shape, or form with WWE. I might be wrong. But I think I might be the only guy who’s only ever wrestled for one company his entire career. So, I don’t see any reason why I’d have to leave. I see myself being a part of the WWE family from here on out. If I wouldn’t have been able to go back to wrestling. I would have coached, trained, or done something else—maybe an on-the-road producer.”

Randy Orton: Its Nice Having Vince McMahon Gone From WWE

In the same interview, Randy Orton gave his view on Vince McMahon. He claimed it was “nice” having other people in charge in WWE, and that it was time for him to exit the company when he did.

“Listen, I love Vince. He gave me so many opportunities. But I think it was kind of time for him to move on. It’s unfortunate that it happened in the way that it happened, but it’s nice having people in charge of me that understand how important it is for you to be home for birthdays and home for Thanksgiving and home for Christmas. Vince McMahon had us, he had Raw on Monday night live.”

“Everyone, he didn’t care if you have kids. I came to him when I was 35 and my back really started going, and I pleaded with him, like, man, I gotta not do as many shows, maybe do half the tour and be able to recover. He just looked at me and was like, ‘I need you on those shows, Randy. Mother Nature gets us all.’”

“To hear that and go, ‘Okay, well, I guess there’s no other thing I can do, other than just wear myself out, down to the nub until I can’t walk anymore for this man.’ All the opportunities he gave me, it’s nice having him out of there, and it’s nice having his son-in-law Triple H running the game. Nick Khan’s great, everybody at TKO that’s come in, they seem to get it. It’s just a different era.”