At the Saturday afternoon edition of WrestleMania Axxess, Randy Orton participated in a brief question and answer session with fans, sporting lots of feigned goodwill, heavy sarcasm, and some biting criticisms of a couple of ex-WWE stars.
Orton initially hyped up his 'Mania match with former Legacy stable members Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr., asking fans if they thought they would team up against him, and then assuring the crowd, which was very much in his camp, that he would emerge victorious.
It appeared that Orton was laying on the babyface character a little thick, claiming he would sign an autograph for any fan, anytime, even going as far as to say: “Even if you stalk me while I’m with my family at the airport at 4:45 in the morning with a stack of 50 pictures you want signed, I’ll sign every one of them.”
It appears as though this sort of thing has happened before.
He then took a handful of questions gathered by WWE NXT announcer Savannah, answering them in a very "gosh, golly, gee" tone. Most of the questions garnered slight groans from some of the older fans, such as, “What was the first title you won?” and “Who was your toughest opponent?” to which Orton often replied, “Yah know, that’s a really good question...I have to think about that.”
Orton did put over Mr. Perfect as one of his most memorable opponents, noting his handful of dark matches with Curt Hennig early in his career. Orton praised the older generation of superstars for paving the way and acknowledged Hennig personally for helping him learn the ropes when he was still very green.
A pair of fans, however, continued to shout verbal insults while he was talking, yelling “baby oil,” “stop sucking up to the fans,” and, “why did you get Kennedy fired?” in reference to Ken Anderson’s release following a 10-man tag-team match on RAW in May of 2009.
From there, the Q&A got a bit more colorful. When asked who his favorite person to RKO was, Orton replied that he enjoyed doing it to “the women,” turning and teasing an RKO at Savannah.
He praised Stephanie McMahon for taking a hell of an RKO and then threw a jab at WWE Hall of Famer (and new TNA geriatric) Ric Flair.
"Sorry, Ric," he said, "but you have to land on your stomach, not your side. You’re not taking a back body drop..."
The Legend Killer finally addressed the handful of fans shouting questions about Anderson.
“That guy’s dangerous,” Orton replied.
“Kennedy, Anderson, whatever he’s calling himself...I saw him in that other company. You know, the one with that 10-sided ring,” he continued, going on to mock Anderson’s continued use of his self-introduction gimmick.
“I saw the microphone come down...Come on, get a new gimmick. I’ve already seen that.”
Orton, clearly a crowd favorite, then thanked the fans and made his exit.
NOTE: I saw Orton outside of the hotel the WWE was staying at prior to Axxess and the Hall of Fame ceremony, and he did not stop and sign any autographs for the assembled fans. In his defense, though, almost none of the WWE superstars did, aside from Mickie James. Hall of Fame inductee "Mad Dog" Vachon did greet fans with his signature "Mad Dog’s the name, wrestling is the game" promo, which was very entertaining.
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