Randy Orton's Exclusive Interview With ESPN: The Viper's Popularity Soars

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJanuary 25, 2009

Just when you thought that Randy Orton couldn't be more "over" with the WWE fans and just when you thought that he could not be receiving a bigger push than this, I saw something that even caught myself off-guard.

There he was again; Randy Orton, smack-dab on the front page of ESPN.com doing an exclusive interview.

It seems as if Randy Orton punting Vince McMahon in the head might have been the best move of his career. Now his popularity is leaking out into other areas of popular sports coverage.

Surprised to see a WWE Superstar on ESPN? Don't worry, you're not alone.

It is not often you see anyone affiliated with professional wrestling being featured by ESPN, much less the front page of their official website. It looks like Randy Orton is beginning to bridge the gap between sports and sports entertainment.

Not surprisingly though. He has the perfect combination of speed, strength, athleticism, and technical skills needed to become the poster boy of a medium rarely recognized as a professional sport.

Due to the scripted and creative nature of the WWE, it has been decades since professional wrestling was considered a competitive sport. So it's certainly nice to see one of the WWE's finest receiving his proper due.

Orton's interview covered everything from his vicious attack to Vince McMahon, to his new group called The Legacy. He discussed other things ranging from his finishing move, the RKO to his days in Evolution. You can read the article in its entirety here...


That article was a great read and it was excellent to see that ESPN did such a fantastic job with it.

Props to ESPN for putting the limelight on such an impressive young talent and kudos to Randy Orton for elevating his game to a level where even ESPN had to take notice.