Randy Orton Lost 20 Pounds During Covid, More

Randy Orton appeared on The Ringer Wrestling Show to talk about how his personality has changed and his battle with COVID-19. The following are the highlights:

COVID-19 was held this past June:

“I got Covid in June. My blood inflammation levels were so high that they were worried it would turn into a mild cardease, echo cardease, or something else with the heart, so I missed seven weeks of TV. During Covid, I lost 20 pounds. I was in such a bad way. I was emaciated, emaciated, emaciated. I had an opportunity to start over. Either this way or that way, that’s how I’m going to do it. I took out the booze. I took away the sugar. I increased the intensity of my workout. Because we’re continually staying on top of those injuries, I started seeing another physical therapist for some shoulder and back difficulties. To be honest with you, six months later, I think I’m feeling the best I’ve felt physically since I can remember.”

His personality has shifted:

You gain knowledge through your blunders. Hearing other people’s stories. Every now and then, a cameraman or a lighting guy who has been with us for as long as I have will say, ‘Remember that time, I think it was ’05 when you did blah, blah, blah?’ and proceed to tell a narrative in front of a group of people that shows me in the worst light possible. It’s humiliating. It’s almost as though I’m an a**hole. Being a father, I believe, has transformed me. I believe my wife had a significant role in opening my eyes, but it was a team effort. To be honest with you, I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of talent backstage who haven’t necessarily mentored me, but I learned a lot from John Cena. Just this time around, I learned a lot from Edge. Being a father, a professional wrestler, and travelling, the temptations, what you’re putting your body through, and all the other things that can build up, I was fortunate to have some amazing men in the locker room to observe how they went about their lives and how they treated their children. I saw Shawn Michaels, who was, by all accounts, a horrible jerk. When I first met him, I thought he was a jerk. I noticed the difference. I had heard the tales. It happened to me in a similar way. It’s all part of the adventure. My legacy, I believe, is longevity and being one of those guys that got to wrestle everyone and saw a generation come in and then another generation come in. I think having the modern perspective of embracing that I’m happy and that it’s okay to be happy has benefitted me more as a human being than as a performer. In fact, because I don’t take everything else so seriously, I’m able to have more fun in the ring now.

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