Randy Orton has been lucky enough to have a long career in the professional wrestling business, and throughout the course of his career he’s been able to capture numerous championships.
There’s no doubt that the former WWE Champion is a future Hall of Famer, but at one point Vince McMahon was apprehensive about hiring Orton.
Jim Ross discussed Randy Orton’s early days during an episode of Grilling JR and he noted that Vince McMahon was apprehensive about hiring The Viper.
“He [Randy Orton] was, believe it or not, he was somewhat of a controversial hire for us. Vince was the problem child that went to military school and Randy was the problem child that went to the Marines and got discharged. Big time [Randy Orton’s past was a problem for Vince McMahon]. But, you know, it’s one of those deals where you say, look, I said, ‘Vince, you got a second chance, so why not this kid?’ He’s only a third-generation performer and both his father and his grandfather were outstanding in-ring guys.”
Obviously Randy Orton’s career turned out alright as he’s a 14 time WWE Champion, and he’s given no indication that he’s looking to hang up his boots anytime soon.