WWE Wrestler Randy Orton threatened a U.S. Marine with Jesus

WWE Wrestler Randy Orton threatened a U.S. Marine with Jesus October 3, 2011

The following is sent in by David Z. – A former Marine Corps NCO. My contributions are clearly marked. Last week, David told us about his experience in boot camp and advanced training where he was briefly arrested for not attending an all-faiths religious service.

Taking shit from dishonorably discharged WWE Wrestler Randy Orton

Shortly after the public conversation, I had an encounter with another recruit.  I am not sure if you watch WWE wrestling.  I don’t but if you do, you might recognize the name Randy Orton.  He was one of the squad leaders in my platoon.

I am a rather small guy, even more so back then.  I was probably about 5’8″ and 120 pounds.  Double Rats recruit FTW [JG: this means he got to eat twice as much food, civilians.]

I was doing pull-ups on the quarterdeck during some free time.  When I hopped off the bar, I turned to find this huge future wrestler glaring and blocking my path in an imposing manner.

He uttered the words, “You better believe in jesus, boy.”  I was shocked.  I wasn’t sure if he was trying to make a rational argument, or if he was trying to bully me into Christianity. Whatever it was I decided it was the worst attempt I had ever faced.  Instead of engaging him, I just laughed in his face until he walked away.

After boot I hear he received a Dishonorable Discharge for going UA and telling his CO to fuck off. [JG: I confirmed the discharge. He received a short prison sentence for his crimes in the Marine Corps followed by a bad conduct dishonorable discharge.]

Coupled with the rest of his experiences in Boot Camp, this is unfortunately a pretty typical experience. Within an hour of posting the story of his brief arrest last week, three other Marines wrote in saying they had similar experiences.

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  • Nice to see you on here Justin!

    And remember, I refuse to be preached to by a man who wears speedos and grapples with oiled up men for a living…

  • fastlane

    Not at all a follower of fake wrestling, but does that get pointed out regularly and publicly enough to make this joker into the public laughing stock he should be?

    • Allen Richards

      If you’re referring to the ex-marine thing, no it doesn’t. I am a loyal fan of pro wrestling and I can say that the only people who will know that he used to be in the marines are people who read about it online. As far as I know, his AWOL was only referenced one time on-camera, and that was back in 2004 or 2005.

      He does, however, go into detail about it in a recently released DVD about his life. But he basically tries to justify it by saying the recruiters lied to him and that it wasn’t what he expected. I’m pretty sure 99% of the military can make this same claim, but you don’t see them all going AWOL.

      Either way, he served his punishment for it and I don’t hold it against him. I mean, if you told me I could be a millionaire celebrity in the WWE, I’d probably be a deserter too. 😉

  • As a wrasslin fan, i can confirm that Randy Orton, whilst being quite accomplished in the squared circle, does have a reputation of being quite the jackass behind the scenes. His religiosity doesn’t surprise me either. There are a lot of born again’s in pro wrestling.

    • Didaktylos

      Well it’s not so far from believing in Jesus to believing that WWE is a sport …

    • It’s kind of a shame. I grew up with pro-wrestling. I mean, I knew it was fake (Oh come on! They throw punches like they are in an indian movie. I am half expecting someone to come up with a gimmick of being able to “punch the gravity out of someone” after watching a bunch of tamil movies or something.)

      I actually liked Randy Orton in the ring, unlike the newer group of wrestlers he came off as genuinely nasty and evil tempered. You can generate that much haterade without either being a great actor or a genuine dick.

  • The pleasant things about watching the UFC is: 1, It’s real; 2, Dana White is an atheist; 3, Joe Rogan is an atheist.

    • 1. Which is why I don’t like watching it. Watching two men attempt to give each other brain damage isn’t my idea of a good time. (Sorry!)

      2. Think of pro-wrestling as ballet. The mexicans have it down to an artform to the point you know who will win. You just want to see how they do it. It’s why a lot of people liked Eddie Guerrero. Because he was fun to watch. The fake didn’t matter, the fun did.

      3. The whole religious aspect of the thing is kind of irritating though. It’s very much aimed at a specific demography in the USA.

      • F

        2. I don’t know. It is slow and plodding, when they finally shut the hell up and can the soap-operatics and get down to it.

  • America is not the only country with a considerable religious input into the military.

    I am not in the military myself, nor Irish, but I do look at the Atheist Ireland website from time to time, because I’m so impressed with the people who run it.

    I came across the following post there, which I thought needed to be better known, and, other than being Catholic rather than Protestant, has great similarities with what I read is the case in America. I am not American, either.


    “…Again all personnel were forced to attend the blessing but the “padre” announced that those who did not wish to stay for mass were free to leave.

    We all fell out of ranks to make towards the exit but it was blocked by the Regimental Sergeant Major who ordered everyone back to mass. I remember one particular corporal (or maybe sergeant) who would not go back to the mass and he was promptly arrested and placed in detention under armed guard, this being 1995 not 1895.”

  • “Bad Conduct” and “Dishonorable” discharge are two different things. The latter requires a felony conviction, so I’m sure Orton was just given the ol’ “Big Chicken Dinner”.

    I got here from the link that says that Randy Orton beats people up for Jesus. Was that hyperbole or did he really do that?

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  • Ricky

    So he was discharged for telling someone they should believe in Jesus??? wow that seems fair.They are others raping people in the marines,they are still there.

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  • Tracy DuChien Jr.

    No you idiot, he was discharged for telling his CO to F*ck off. The Jesus thing was just mentioned as to what an assh*ole Orton is.