Count Randy Orton as one of the people in WWE that are rooting for CM Punk to do well in UFC. He has said to those around him that if Punk does well in MMA, then it gives professional wrestlers some credibility as athletes. Orton feels that people underestimate their abilities because the outcome of matches are scripted and predetermined. Several other wrestlers share the same opinion and will be watching his debut match intently.
April 6, 2015
During his much talked about podcast interview with Colt Cabana, CM Punk revealed that he was up for the lead role of 12 Rounds Reloaded, but Randy Orton got the part instead. Those were not the only two wrestlers that were being considered by WWE at the time. John Cena was the first choice, as management wanted him to reprise his character from the first movie. It has now also been discovered that Chris Jericho turned down the role as well.
December 19, 2014