As well as frequent reports about AEW’s interest in him, the 13-time World Champion took advantage of his contract situation by repeatedly teasing on social media that he could reunite with his former Legacy faction colleague, AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes, and leave WWE after 18 years with the company.
However, speaking on this week’s episode of Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast, Orton explained that he was “just having fun” by teasing a move to AEW.
He went on to say that he is now more aware of wrestlers outside of WWE, such as Will Ospreay, and he has learned to appreciate other types of wrestling styles, but he never realistically thought about leaving WWE.
“This may be upsetting for some people, but I never really saw myself leaving WWE. To me, it was about getting to a point where I’m happy and what I’m doing in my body, the amount of time that I’m gone from my family. In the end, it’s all going to be worth it, and that’s where I’m at right now, so I’m definitely happy being a WWE Superstar.”
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