RANDY ORTON VS JULIAN SHAW
A few titbits from my recent interview with WWE Superstar Randy Orton, but check out FILMINK Magazine, www.filmink.com.au and of course the brand new FILM INK iPad App for the full story next month in which he discusses That’s What I Am, what kind of actor he is and the great Ed Harris.
JS: I really loved your match at Wrestlemania with CM Punk.
RO: Thanks so much. It’s Wrestlemania, you know, you can think you need to do 10 times the amount of things in the same amount of time as you normally would. But we went the other way and just slowed it down and told a good story, and I was happy with that.
JS: I think some people forget that and go for a spotfest. I mean Triple H/Taker wasn’t the most fast-paced match in the world, but it was an epic story.
RO: I didn’t get to see the entire match, but I did see the end. The story they told with Taker having everything to lose and being in all the jeopardy toward the end of the match, that was just really nail biting. And what, Taker kicked out of three pedigrees? (Laughs).
JS: (Laughs). I know. Do you normally watch backstage if it’s a big match you’re not in?
RO: At that point, they were on third to last. I think there was one match between mine and theirs. So I showered, said my thank you’s, and I’m doing my DVD ‘The Randy Orton Experience’ at the moment actually. It comes out in September, so we were filming for that. I did some stuff with my wife, you know it’s a big moment, being in Wrestlemania. She was in the Gorilla position, you know what that is?
JS: Yeah, where Vince and Steph sit.
RO: Right, exactly. That little area behind the curtain. So we hung out there filming. I had a shower. By the time I got to the family box Triple H had hit the second pedigree. But I will sometimes watch a match out back. And just from what I’ve heard, I mean I’ve worked with both these guys, them together they have the potential to have not just the match of the year but the match of the decade. HHH, Shawn Michaels and Taker are the best ever. You’ve got Kurt Angle, who for that time was the best of that era, and the matches he had with Eddie and Chris were stellar, but as far as longevity goes – no one else compares to Shawn, Hunter and Taker.
JS: How do you cope in the week after Wrestlemania, you must be bloody tired?
RO: I think the human body is capable of astounding things. If you look throughout history to soldiers in Vietnam going without water, and WWI, soldiers pressing on with little rations – I mean, we don’t got it that bad. We just travel a lot, we don’t get home a lot. I think last year I had just under 200 shows and I’m on the road an extra 50 or 60 days beyond that. I do get time to see my family, but I am beat up. As long as you pick and choose your periods of time to recuperate wisely you end up ok.
JS: How do you feel about announcing the Wrestlemania 28 main event so far in advance? I’m liking it, it’s old school.
RO: I like it too. Very different, very old school like you said. You got a long time to build. Obviously Rock’s not gonna be on RAW every week, he’s made that clear. Do I think that’s gonna be a problem? No. We have the date. Sometimes that’s the biggest part of getting something going, having the day set. We know we’re going to get the match, as long as we don’t see too much of these guys together before that then we’ll be fine. I hope I’m not going to see on next month’s PPV schedule like a tag match with them against two heels. Maybe coming up to Wrestlemania John and Rock could be tagging against two top heels, but if they keep it in a limited nature this year that’s good. It’ll be big. I hope it’s big.
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