Randy Orton had a great night at the Survivor Series, and he was one of the last two men standing for the SmackDown Live crew during the final WWE Monday Night Raw vs. SmackDown Live match of the night. However, at one point in the match, Randy Orton proved that he has compassion during a very human moment in the match.
Cageside Seats reported that Randy Orton broke character midway through the match to help console Shane McMahon’s children, who were sitting at ringside. This came moments after Roman Reigns accidentally legitimately knocked Shane McMahon out.
The moment happened during Shane McMahon’s second daredevil move in the traditional Survivor Series match. The first came when Shane came off the top turnbuckle to put Braun Strowman through the announcer’s table. That helped eliminate the big man from Raw early in the match.
The second daredevil moment saw Shane McMahon pull off a move he stole from Rob Van Dam years ago. RVD called it the Van-Terminator, which was a coast-to-coast leap across the ring. While the two usually used a chair or something in front of the opponent, in this case, Shane just leaped at Roman Reigns.
Randy Orton was outside the ring during the move and watched as Reigns stood up in the middle of Shane’s leap and hit a spear onto the SmackDown Live commissioner. Unfortunately, he kept too high and connected his shoulder into McMahon’s head.
It was clear that Shane McMahon was completely knocked out. His eyes were still open, but there was really no one home. WWE officials had to help him to the back after his Survivor Series elimination as he was completely out of it after that point.
Just like at WrestleMania this year when Shane jumped off the top of the Hell in a Cell cage to try to put Undertaker through a table, he did it with his young children watching ringside. While the McMahon family understands that risks are taken, when the kids saw their dad legitimately injured, it was Randy Orton who was there to console them.
A WWE fan took to Twitter to mention that he saw Randy Orton immediately break character to console the SmackDown Live commissioner’s kids. The fan said that Randy Orton turned from heel to face in real life to calm down the kids.
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It was true, and Randy Orton responded to the fan on Twitter. Randy Orton said that he himself is a father and knows what it is like to have your kids at ringside when “s**t goes sideways.” It was a great moment for Randy Orton in the eyes of many fans.
Randy Orton came out of the Survivor Series event with a huge WWE storyline in place. He has joined the Wyatt Family, which was controversial, but in the main Survivor Series match, Randy Orton proved he was a solid member of the Family when he took a spear to save Bray Wyatt and helped Wyatt pin Roman Reigns to win the match.
This was one of the only big wins that Bray Wyatt has ever had on a WWE PPV event, and the addition of Randy Orton to the faction might finally make the Wyatt Family important for the first time in years. The actions of Randy Orton in real life, helping console the children of his injured commissioner, goes a long way to help endear him to fans for the first time in years.
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