Randy Orton has been a top star in the WWE pretty much for his entire run with the company since his debut all the way back in 2002.
Now, the Master of the RKO has extended his stay with the company for five more years.
Orton, 39, signed a new deal with WWE ahead of Monday Night RAW this week as first reported by PW Insider.
The 13-time world champion’s previous deal expired in the summer of 2020 and he had left plenty of hints that he was ready to explore moving to All Elite Wrestling to entice WWE.
It seems he had just the right amount of leverage and being that Orton was already one of the highest-paid stars on WWE’s books, one has to imagine he’s got himself a big raise, too.
He’ll be 44 by the time his deal expires in 2024, but the Viper already has something of a part-time schedule where he doesn’t really do live events, just television.
Orton’s last run as a world champion came in 2017 when he won the belt from Bray Wyatt – now Universal champion as The Fiend – and then lost it to Jinder Mahal.
WWE has been increasingly proactive with trying to lock talents down to new deals, presumably for the fear they may leave them and join All Elite Wrestling.
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