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Cup of coffee in the big time: WWE should move Orton off TV while ‘looking into’ harrassment

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With WWE “looking into” Randy Orton’s past behavior, more stories have come out from those he worked with in the past.

As a refresher, a story from former WWE writer Court Bauer about a somewhat known Orton bit got the ball rolling:

“For every new writer that would show up, he come in the room put his hand down his pants, pull out his dick, touch himself, then say “I’m Randy Orton, shake my hand...oh you dont want to shake my hand? You’re big leaguing me? That’s fucked up man. Should I tell Vince and Steph you wont shake Randy Ortons hand?”

The writers would all start sweating and backing up into the corner, the guys dick is still hanging out, and he would be there cutting a promo on a guy with his dick hanging out for like five minutes. Court goes on to say Orton was very intense so you could never tell if he was fucking with you or he was really hot.

Bauer insisted the story, which he told on an old MLW podcast, was true in recent days on Twitter.

Another former member of WWE creative, Kevin Eck seemed to vaguely confirm the story in a recent Sporting News column:

On a side note, I don’t have any comment on the recent stories about Orton’s backstage behavior other than to say that I always avoided shaking hands with him during my time on the WWE creative team.

Same with Freddie Prinze Jr.:

Look, stories of Orton’s behavior are nothing new. Tales of his “ribs” (at best) or harrassment (at worse) tend to drift to the inappropriate.

If WWE is seriously “looking into” these behaviors, it is likely time to shift him away from TV for a while.

As noted earlier today (and as everyone saw with their own eyes), Orton appeared on last night’s Smackdown, lurking in the shadows after the confrontation between Jeff Hardy and Shinsuke Nakamura.

It’s not an easy thing to do with Orton deeply involved in an angle, but if we’re to believe WWE is taking the matter seriously while they investigate, sidelining Orton for a few weeks would certainly improve the optics.

As it stands, there’s likely nothing that will come out of the situation as WWE waits for the story to fade away and fans stamp “shaking Randy Orton’s hand” into the history of wrestling memes about shitty behavior.

That weird Samoa Joe bit at the end of Smackdown? Don’t worry, it continued into the “post-show” Twitter coverage.

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