• Randy Orton Explains Why He’ll Never Become A Part-Timer In WWE
A lot of Legends became Part-Timers / Special Attractions during the end of their careers, where they only wrestled at the big shows.
During an appearance on The Ringer Wrestling Podcast, WWE Legend Randy Orton was asked if he’ll become a Part-Timer down the line.
Below is what Orton said:
“That’s that sought after ‘oh, WrestleMania and get the summer off, come back for SummerSlam, disappear till Survivor Series’.
I think Shawn Michaels was doing that, Taker was doing that for a while. I don’t want to do that. I think doing that burns you out.
I think wrestling once a week for me, like wrestling once a week would be ideal for me. And that’s kind of where I’m at right now.
Schedule-wise, I don’t think anyone knows this and I don’t care if they do, but I think I’m maybe one of the only guys that have an amount of dates that I’m contractually obligated to do.
And that’s 80, 80 shows a year. It sounds like a lot, but after you do one TV a week, one PPV a month, you’re left with like 15, 20 live events. So those are the Saudi Arabias, the European Tours, the Madison Square Garden live events.
I think that, with me wrestling once a week, I’m able to kind of keep the joints loose and feel like I’m in shape enough to continue to do it.”
Orton will complete 20 years as a full-time WWE Superstar in April this year.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 4, 1987) – WrestleMania Celebrity Passed Away
On this day in 1987, we lost Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Liberace (Real name: Wladziu Valentino Liberace) at the age of 67 due to an AIDS related-pneumonia.
In 1985, Liberace appeared on the first ever WrestleMania as one of many celebrities (including Muhammad Ali & Cindy Lauper) and was used as the special guest time-keeper for the main event of the night, Hulk Hogan & Mr. T versus Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff.
He’s one of the many former WWF celebrities who are currently not inducted into the ‘Celebrity Wing’ of the WWE Hall of Fame (yet).
† REST IN PEACE LIBERACE
May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987