• Randy Orton wants his legacy to be defined by his ushering of new stars and longevity
  • Riddle and Orton's on-screen dynamic may be reflecting a real-life mentorship
  • The pair retained the Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 38

Randy Orton has spent most of his life in the wrestling ring either as a beloved face or as a dastardly heel, but he is aware that all pro-wrestlers’ careers have an expiration date.

Appearing as a guest on “Out of Character” with Ryan Satin, the 14-time world champion had a lot to say about what he wants his legacy to be in WWE.

“I want my legacy to be that I was able to, with these gentlemen, take this business to the next generation and make sure that that new wave of talent knows how to do it the right way, staying true to the art of what it is, and making sure that number one priority is taking care of your opponent’s health that you’re in the ring with,” Orton said.

“That needs to be number one in every case. I think if that’s my legacy, I’m happy with that.”

The 42-year-old billed from St. Louis, Missouri also mentioned young talent like Damian Priest, Austin Theory, The Street Profits and tag team partner Riddle during this segment.

Orton and Riddle, the duo composing RK-Bro, were successful in their defense of the Raw Tag Team titles in a triple threat match to kick off the second night of WrestleMania 38 this past Sunday, April 3.

The uncanny relationship between the always stoic Orton and the laidback personality of Riddle has become a fan favorite because of their dynamic that somehow works.

To say that Riddle learned a lot from the youngest-ever world champion is discrediting how much Orton has also learned from his younger counterpart.

Many have noticed that Orton has become even more laidback in recent months since teaming with the former NXT Tag Team Champion, theorizing that the future Hall of Famer seems to have taken Riddle under his wing.

Widely regarded as one of the safest workers in pro wrestling, Orton also takes pride in his longevity.

“I think my legacy is longevity. I think finding a way to do it in a smart way to where you stay true to the things from the era of my father: the art of pro wrestling,” Orton mentioned.

Orton is a revered veteran nowadays for everything that he has done to help bridge the gap between the Attitude Era and today’s generation of pro wrestlers, and his legacy will be one of the most celebrated in WWE history when he decides to retire.

Randy Orton, Riddle, RK-Bro
Randy Orton and Riddle get ready to perform a draping DDT on The Street Profits' Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. WWE