Randy Orton has become a more responsible man over the last 14 years. However, he will be the first to tell you that he was out of control.
Now, Orton has opened up about his 2006 suspension. Mainly he spoke about how it came about and how he got past it. Here is the quote from Orton’s appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, courtesy of Fightful:
“I don’t think there (a family-friendly version). Off the reservation, dark, dark, dark. That 60 days happened for reasons. During that 60 days, I did some other shit that landed me a spot where I needed some help. I got the help, I came back, and I still wasn’t right. About a year, in the middle of 2007 where I was working with Edge and I think [John] Cena, where I came out of that funk and luckily everything was alright.
My problems came to a head when I decided to smoke a joint and someone smelled it and stooged me off. You know who you are, so if you’re reading this, thanks. But I also had a few outbursts of anger on the road. I get loud and verbally abusive. But I’ve nipped that part of me in the bud.
I attended an anger management clinic in Atlanta. It cost $15,000 for a four-week stay. I had to live down there on the campus. The first week I was there, I was like, OK, I’ll do what I have to do to get out of here.” But then I started to realize, wow, I was wrong in a lot of these situations. I just got this reputation of being hard to work with, being a dick, and everything in the book. But the truth is, I don’t flip out anymore.”
Randy Orton is currently scheduled to wrestle The Fiend at WrestleMania 37.