Randy Orton: Talks WWE '12, "Over the Bitterness" with the Rock and Brock

Steven MuehlhausenContributor IIINovember 22, 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Randy Orton is one of the most popular superstars in the WWE today. He is a numerous time WWE champion, World Champion, IC and Tag Champion and winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble. With those accolades, Orton has made it onto the cover of the new WWE video game, WWE '12 by THQ, which came out today.

Orton feels that the latest WWE video game is the best yet.

"There's a lot of differences actually," Orton said. "For the first time time, this game is more realistic than any of the Smackdown vs Raw games in the past. Not only just the guys in the ring, like the gameplay is so much different than it has been in the past.

"But if you look past the ring into the audience, every little square inch of that screen is moving. There's action. It's not like a processed crowd where they're doing same thing every three seconds. There's movement. it's almost like artificial intelligence throughout the entire crowd. Guys are drinking their sodas, cheering, bending over tying their shoes, jumping and doing the wave. It's really interesting because it captivates you. It's the whole imagery.

"When I got to play the game a couple months back, I think it was around Summerslam. The first thing I noticed was the gameplay was completely different than past Smackdown vs Raw games. It's like you're really in there. It's not as glitchy, like when you're about to hit a finishing move. It doesn't put you right in the middle of the ring automatically, so you can hit your finishing move.

"When guys take falls in the ring, the camera comes in there kind of like on the TV show. There's seven cameras hitting from different angles. You'll get different camera angles, aerial views. Even when the guys take bumps, the ring ropes move a little bit. Every little detail is thought about when they put this game together."

One of the downloadable characters in the game is former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar left the company in 2004 to try his hand in the NFL, but ended up not making team. He went to the UFC in 2008 and is a former UFC heavyweight champion. Him and Orton started out in OVW in 2000, and Orton is glad Brock is at least in the game.

"I think it's great. I'm a big Lesnar fan and I've always been. We came up together about 10 years ago. Me and him were buds. We've lost touch over the years, as you usually do with guys like that. But I wish him the best. I know he's had a few health issues as of late. But he'll conquer those, just like he's conquered every other obstacle that's come his way. I truly feel he's one of the few human beings I've ever met that have been able to accomplish as much as he's accomplished. He puts his mind, body and soul into it and he's gonna get it done."

The Rock is also in the game as well. The Rock returned at Wrestlemania 27 earlier this year and setup a match with John Cena that will culminate at Wrestlemania 28 on April 1. Orton says he wishes he could face The Rock at Wrestlemania 28. Orton says he's glad The Rock is back, sort of.

"The Rock and I, it's funny because yesterday we're at Madison Square Garden, and seven years, it was Rock's last match in the WWE. It was me, Ric Flair and Dave Bautista in a handicap tag. It was us three aginst Rock and Mick Foley. The Rock and Sock Connection got back together. We were victorious and that was my first Wrestlemania.

So seeing him yesterday and remembering all of that. That was of course at the start of my career when everything started to happening for me. It's cool to kind of have that deja vu type moment seeing him and myself being backstage at Madison Square Garden."

"As far as The Rock and myself are concerned, you know I'd love to see that; are you kidding me? That's huge. Right now, the WWE Universe is geared to see Rock/Cena at Wrestlemania 28. And to be honest, I caught a little bit of the buzz, too. We all want to see it. The crowd is ecstatic. When he comes out, there's nothing quite like it, it really is. Sure, I hate that the guy is back. I wish I was in his spot working with Cena at Wrestlemania 28. Yea, I'm happy that Rock's back. I'm over the bitterness (laughs) so to speak with him being back saying he never left and all that BS."

You can listen to my entire interview with Randy Orton here.

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