Randy Orton Discusses Retirement, His Favorite Rival, Dream Opponent

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Randy Orton was recently interviewed by THQ.com to promote the WWE ’12 video game. In the interview, Orton talks about one of his favorite rivalries, when he plans to retire, his dream opponent, and his career goal. Below are a few highlights:

Randy Orton on his career goal: I’ve had the titles, the Royal Rumble win, and the main event for WrestleMania 25, but in the future I’d like to see me grow not only as a Superstar, but as a man and father/husband. I also and hope for my health. I’d like to make it into my 40’s and compete and retire, but not because my neck is bad or anything like that, but so I’m able to go out on top on my own terms, like HBK.

Orton on his favorite rival: John Cena in ’09. I had a four month storyline where we exchanged titles. We had a memorable “Iron Man” match, and we traded wins and losses. I’m the anti-John Cena. If he’s kissing babies, wearing necklaces, then I’m doing the opposite. He’s a beast in the gym, and beast on the mic. He’s also in movies and everything, but I don’t see myself doing much more of that. I’m a WWE Superstar to the bone.”

Orton on retirement: “I’d like to make it into my 40’s and compete and retire, but not because my neck is bad or anything like that, but so I’m able to go out on top on my own terms, like HBK. So many in the business can’t say that, but I want to finish on top and stay healthy. I’ve been using a lot of the advancements in preventative medicine more recently. I took a page out of John Cena’s book to do things for my muscular/neuro connection. I’m training specifically for what I do in the ring. Explosive movement or plyometrics. I just want all of my limbs stay in their sockets, so at the final bell, I can say that I did it all.”

Orton on his dream opponent: “My dad (“Cowboy” Bob Orton) got to wrestle his old man, but it’d be cool to do that as well. He was one of the best ring technicians, and everyone always had good things to say about my father. He was the innovator of a lot of moves, and he helped bring the business to where it is. I’d want to wrestle him in a straight up, babyface hour broadway.”