WWE is “looking into” an accusation from 2012, when a former WWE writer said popular Superstar Randy Orton would regularly expose himself to new writers. A spokesperson for the pro-wrestling promotion told TheWrap the matter is now under internal investigation.
In 2012, former WWE writer Court Bauer said on a podcast that Orton would pull out his penis and touch himself in front of new writers as a form of “initiation.” The accusation got new life when a Reddit user recently reposted Bauer’s quote.
“For every new writer that would show up, he comes in the room puts his hand down his pants, pulls out his d—, touches himself, then says ‘I’m Randy Orton, shake my hand…oh you don’t want to shake my hand? You’re big leaguing me? That’s f—ed up man. Should I tell Vince and Steph you won’t shake Randy Orton’s hand?'” Bauer said back then.
When asked Friday on Twitter if his story from six years ago really happened, Bauer responded “yes.”
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 10, 2018
TheWrap reached out to Orton’s manager with a request for comment on this story, though we have not immediately heard back.
Orton is something of WWE royalty. His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton and his grandfather was the late Bob Orton Sr., known as “The Big O.” His uncle was Barry “Barro O” Orton.
In 2004, Randy Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion at 24 years old. He was a member of Triple H and Ric Flair’s Evolution faction, before joining Legacy and The Authority. Orton was the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion in history after the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles were unified.
Orton is currently signed to WWE’s “SmackDown Live” brand, where he has been recently feuding with Jeff Hardy.