On the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross recently revealed the reason why Vince McMahon didn’t want to sign Randy Orton in WWE at first.
Ross said that McMahon didn’t take interest in Randy because of his past. The Viper was said to be a “problem child” due to many reasons.
When he served in the Marines, he went absent without permission from his seniors on two different occasions. His behaviors weren’t tolerated in the Marines and he was soon discharged. Orton also spent over a month in military prison.
It was Ross who convinced Vince, who was also a very difficult child, to make the Randy Orton signing. The current AEW commentator explained:
“He [Randy Orton] was, believe it or not, he was somewhat of a controversial hire for us,” Ross said. “Vince was the problem child that went to military school and Randy was the problem child that went to the Marines and got discharged. Big time [Randy Orton’s past was a problem for Vince McMahon]. But, you know, it’s one of those deals where you say, look, I said, ‘Vince, you got a second chance, so why not this kid?’ He’s only a third-generation performer and both his father and his grandfather were outstanding in-ring guys.”