Former 14-time world champion Randy Orton was the latest guest on the After The Bell podcast with host Corey Graves to hype his Backlash matchup against WWE Hall of Famer Edge. Highlights from the interview can be found below.
His long history with Edge and how the angle developed:
As far as who I was able to work with, he was able to wrestle. It couldn’t have got any better for me. Edge is one of the guys coming up that took me under his wing. And although the promos and the stuff that we’ve done, there is a lot of realism to it. The story I told Beth about when I was first brought backstage [and] Edge was the first guy that approached me and the first guy that wished me luck. Like, all that is true and so I have a lot of history with Edge in the ring and out. We used to drive up and down the road together, that was true. But knowing that I was his top pick to come back and get into the ring after almost 10 years with all the injuries he’s had, including the neck surgery, that right there, you know that that’s probably the greatest compliment I could ever get.
Says he feels honored to be Edge’s first opponent after returning from retirement:
So, knowing Edge considered me to be the safest guy he could work with and also have a story with that. We could capitalize on that. That really made me feel quite well, to be honest with you, I was very honored that Edge wanted to work with me first to kind of see field things out for the first time after 10 years.