Randy Orton got some serious heat recently with his “…..dive” comment. If you need a brief catch-up, Randy Orton commented about a post Rip Rogers put up saying all indie talent does is flip around a ring and dive on people with no story telling, no selling, and so on. Needless to say he ruffled a lot of feathers.
Randy kept antagonizing fans and workers of indie wrestling alike with a very insincere apology. It included how much money he makes which is always in the recipe of a proper apology. At this point the fans in Chicago fans might be cheering for Jinder Mahal at Backlash.
Plenty of people have commented on the subject, and Eric Bischoff recently unloaded as well. He had a lot to say on his Bischoff On Wrestling podcast.
“Drawing more money, what does that mean anymore?” Bischoff commented. “Again, I like Randy a lot and I have a ton of respect for him so I do not mean this to be any kind of a shot at Randy. But Randy has the luxury of having a very successful career with for what is in all intents and purposes — it wasn’t intentional but [WWE’s] a monopoly.”
“Yes, WWE makes a lot of money and as a result so does Randy. Randy hasn’t had to change his style because he has the privilege of working for a company that is able to pay Randy a lot of money. And he doesn’t have to go out and make his living on the independent circuit. Randy doesn’t have to go out and create new fans. All Randy has to do is stay on the treadmill.”
Bischoff continued on the subject by saying if he were a young worker in the indies he would take offense to what The Viper said in his comment. “[Randy] has that luxury, that privilege of getting [his] seven figures and having a check show up in the mail once a month for things [he] don’t even remember doing, and getting merchandise money because [he has] this machine behind [him] that prints that money. And a lot of people don’t, the vast majority of people don’t. It’s a little bit like the music industry where 2% of the people make 98% of the money. Well, I don’t think that 2% of the people who are making 98% of the money should necessarily look down their nose at the other 98% who are trying to craft a living.”
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