Randy Orton is one of the greatest superstars in pro wrestling history. While he is now established himself as one of the more accomplished senior wrestlers, there was a time when he was considered young blood. And this disparity was the cause of backstage heat with a WWE Hall of Famer back in 2013.

The current Senior Vice President of Live Events Road Dogg revealed that he had real-life backstage heat with Orton back in 2013 on his “Oh…You Didn’t Know” podcast. Road Dogg disclosed that a case of tardiness by The Viper gave birth to the heat.

“At this point, me and Randy Orton, me, Billy (Gunn), and Randy Orton are kind of butting heads a little bit, and it’s just because Randy’s the man, and he’s been the man for a while, and Randy is the last one on the bus and Randy is Randy, you know what I mean? I was young in sobriety, and I was older in my wrestling, and I was like, ‘Why are we waiting on him? If me and Billy are here, so should he.’ So, that’s my ego and my pride talking, and he has the same thing. He’s an alpha with ego and pride too,”

Road Dogg and his tag team partner Billy Gunn teamed up with The Viper in a few matches during the WrestleMania Revenge Tour in 2013. The 53-year-old legend revealed that his issues with Orton affected the execution of the bouts.


Road Dogg was supposed to team up Billy Gunn and Randy Orton for a few matches during the WrestleMania Revenge Tour in 2013. The WWE Hall of Famer revealed that the heat affected the execution of some matches during the tour.

“We butted heads a little bit on that tour, but it was after that tour that me and him kind of saw each other and said, ‘Are we good, man?’ But it didn’t help we worked some matches and it kind of perpetuated it even in the matches and the execution of the matches, or so I thought, and looking back, it was me being egotistical and thinking he should bow down. Oh, we’re the old-timers, you’ve got to bend a little bit, and he was saying, like, ‘No, you bend.’ I get it, you know what I mean,”

Randy Orton has been out of action since 2022 due to a back injury. He is however set to make a return at WrestleMania 39. It remains to be seen who he would be put up against.

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Talha Asad Iqbal

Talha Asad Iqbal is an mechanical engineer who just loves everything wrestling. From spending his childhood collecting wrestling action figures to spending his adulthood writing about wrestling, he really seems to enjoy wrestling a bit too much. Outside wrestling and his work, he loves spending time in the gym and playing video games.

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