WWE superstar Randy Orton has had a bit of a push in the WWE wrestling world in recent months. Orton won the 2017 Royal Rumble, and went on to capture the WWE Championship from Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33. Orton has been just as busy away from the squared-circle. According to Sportskeeda, it seems that Orton is preparing himself for a side career as an internet troll. In case you missed it, Orton has been trolling wrestlers on the independent circuit, and it has led him into a war of words with independent wrestlers, and fans alike.
The furor began when respected wrestling trainer Rip Rogers criticized independent wrestlers “for a poor psychology, a lack of respect for kayfabe, and an over-reliance on endless dives to pop the crowd.” In short, Rogers was saying that the independent wrestling circuit lacks believability.
Randy Orton got involved when he retweeted Rogers’ comments and simply added the word “dive.” Orton’s message came at roughly the same time that independent wrestler Bubba Ray Dudley shared a gif of him performing a top-rope dive. As reported by the International Business Times, Orton couldn’t resist trolling Bubba Ray. Orton also shared a gif featuring an obese man trying to dive into an inflatable pool meant for children. Orton went on to say that “there is a difference between a young hungry talent diving and an old outta shape ‘vet’ falling.”
Fight fans with a long memory may remember that there has been bad blood between Orton and Bubba Ray in the past. Way back in 2008, Orton laid into Bubba Ray, calling him sloppy and calling him out for his work rate.
“I never liked Bubba Ray. I never liked what he did because he only thought of himself. In the match my foot was broken, it was his fault… Bubba Dudley is the most out of shape, fat, non-work-ethic-having person I knew. And you had a bad taste in your mouth when you met him.”
Given those comments, it is safe to say that there is no love lost between Orton and Dudley. The pair has continued to share harsh words, but Orton now seems to have landed the knockout blow. Orton shared a gif showing him landing an “RKO” on a high-board diver who was preparing to dive into the pool. The gif shows Orton run along the board and take out the diver, both then fall into the water.
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 17, 2017
Should Randy Orton Have More Respect For Independent Wrestlers?
Randy Orton’s fans have doubtless enjoyed the twitter spat between him and Dudley. Orton’s comments and gif’s have been amused many, but some think that Orton should have more respect for wrestlers on the independent circuit. After all, Orton just lost his WWE Championship to a guy who was on the independent circuit just a few months ago.
As reported recently on the Inquisitr, Orton lost his WWE belt to Jinder Mahal at WWE Backlash on Sunday. Mahal was cut from the WWE roster back in 2014, but returned last year. Since returning to the WWE Mahal has lost to the likes of Sami Zayn, Neville, and Mojo Rowley, but over the past couple of months Mahal’s rise has been meteoric. In just a couple of months, Mahal has gone from being a mid-card loser to WWE Champion.
When Mahal took down Orton, on Sunday, he had more than a little help from the Singh brothers. This is probably a sign that the WWE network has realized the importance of the market for its product in India and Asia. Mahal’s escalation to champion status coincides with the arrival of Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown Live.
Nakamura made his debut at Backlash on Sunday, and last night he joined with AJ Styles to defeat Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler in a tag-team match. Nakamura will doubtless help to raise the WWE’s profile in Japan and throughout Asia.
Let’s be honest, we know that feuds, fallouts, and wild storylines are the lifeblood of professional wrestling. Orton, and every other wrestler on the WWE roster, play their part. The WWE relies on the independent circuits to develop wrestling talent, many of whom later find their way to the WWE.
Among sports stars, professional courtesy in the norm, but Orton’s attack on Bubba Ray Dudley seems to go beyond sport. Orton has been deeply personal in his attacks on Dudley. It seems that there is real bad blood between the two, and that their dislike of each other has spilled over into the public arena.
What do you think? Is Randy Orton right to attack Dudley, or should he keep his personal opinions to himself? let us know your thought in the comments below.
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