Randy Orton was attacked in the ring apparently by a publicity-seeking local wrestler or would-be wrestler.
As we reported previously, a “fan” climbed into the ring last night and delivered a low blow to WWE star Orton after he won a match against Big E Langston in Cape Town, South Africa. The match was part of a WWE SmackDown World Tour Live Event.
Orton had just defeated Langston with his signature “RKO” finishing move and was standing on the turnbuckles when he was blindsided by the audience member. Security immediately swarmed over the intruder.
The man who punched Orton in the groin has been identified as Tshepo Sekhabi, 20, an independent wrestler who calls himself “Jozi the wrestling machine,” TMZ reports. Security officials at the Grand West Casino where the match was held have banned him from the venue for five years. Sekhabi, was not arrested, but Orton still has the option to press charges.
According to Enca.com, Sekhabi said that “I just don’t like Randy Orton, this was an opportunity for me so I got up there and made a name for myself.” He wound up with a black eye and a swollen face after Orton kicked him after the groin shot, however.
A WWE executive seemed somewhat dismissive of the attack on Randy Orton. “Fans get over-excited, and these kind of things happen — it’s not the first time and I doubt it will be the last.”
Randy Orton is a third-generation professional wrestler, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., dad Cowboy Bob Orton, and his uncle who wrestled as Barry O. He is the youngest person ever to hold a WWE World Heavyweight belt and has won 11 total championships during his affiliation with the WWE promotion as both a singles competitor and as a member of a tag team.
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