Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator DVD Review

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Randy Orton is arguably the second biggest star currently competing full-time in the WWE. This third-generation superstar has been around the company for nearly a decade and a main event star for most of it. In 2004, at the age of 24, he became the youngest world champion in WWE history. Shockingly, it has taken the company a very long time to finally release a DVD/Blu-ray set dedicated to him.

Please note that this review is for the DVD version of this release.

Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: The first disc of this set features a 90-minute documentary. The other two discs feature a total of 16 matches.

Packaging Note: After missing from the OMG! DVD release, the chapter listing on the inside sleeve of the package has returned.

The Documentary: This was a strange hybrid of a biography and his preparation for WrestleMania XXVII. It made for a weird viewing experience as the documentary would not only switch between these two things but the narrator would also switch between kayfabe and reality. There were things about this DVD I really liked and there were also things about it I hated. The highlights for me were Randy's honesty when discussing his problems while in the military, the difficulties of balancing family and life on the road, and the immaturity issues he went through earlier in his career.

I also liked some of the behind-the-scenes footage shown backstage from earlier this year. On the other hand, the Age of Orton and Rated RKO are not mentioned and his reign of terror as the Legend Killer lasted a little longer on this DVD than it took you to read this sentence. There were also some other curious omissions from the DVD.

When Randy's overdose on sleeping pills and his issues with drug abuse are discussed, it was never explained exactly what types of drugs he was having issues with. And for those wondering, the man he won his first World Heavyweight Championship from is never mentioned by name and the winning pin fall from that match is not shown. At least they didn't blur out the name on the championship belt when they showed a clip of Randy's post-match celebration.

Match Selection: Usually, a wrestler's first world championship victory is a no-brainer to put on these DVD sets. Because of who he won the title from, that match was not included on this DVD set. The one thing I like about the selection of the matches on this set is that you really do get to see the "Evolution of the Predator". No one specific period of his career is focused on as a match from each of the past 11 years is shown.

Length of the DVD: There was a time when I used to complain that there was no "select all" feature for the special feature chapters on disc one of these DVD sets. There is no need to complain about that here as this DVD has no special features. Disc one only has a documentary which runs 90-minutes. The matches on disc two have a running time of 164 minutes and the matches on disc three run for two minutes longer.

That totals out to an approximate running time of 7 hours for this DVD set which is significantly less than the approximate running time of 9 hours which is printed on the box.

Overall Recommendation: I was really looking forward to this DVD set. Unfortunately, this set did not live up to my expectations. There were moments of brilliance on the first disc and if done correctly this had the opportunity to be the best profile piece the WWE has done. However, the editing of it left a lot to be desired. If you are a Randy Orton fan, I recommend buying this DVD set. If you're not a huge fan of the Viper, there are enough good moments on this set to put this in your wrestling library but it is not a must-have set.

Matches on This DVD Set

For matches that are available on other non-PPV DVDs, I will note the DVD it is also available on in parenthesis and italics.

For matches where I have written a recap of the bout, I have provided a link to them on the name of the event.

Disc Two

  • Ohio Valley Wrestling 1/31/01: Randy Orton vs. Slick Robbie D
  • SmackDown 4/25/02: Randy Orton vs. Hardcore Holly (The Best of SmackDown 10th Anniversary)
  • Unforgiven 2003: Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
  • Armageddon 2003: Randy Orton vs. Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam
  • WrestleMania XX: Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Batista vs. The Rock & Mick Foley
  • Backlash 2004: No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere Match - Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (Mick Foley Greatest Hits & Misses: Hardcore Edition)
  • Vengeance 2004: Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton vs. Edge (History of the Intercontinental Championship; Edge: A Decade of Decadence)
  • No Mercy 2005: Handicap Casket Match - Randy Orton & Bob Orton vs. Undertaker (The Undertaker's Deadliest Matches)
Disc Three
  • Vengeance 2006: Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
  • SummerSlam 2006: Randy Orton vs. Hulk Hogan
  • Great American Bash 2007: Texas Bull Rope Match - Randy Orton vs. Dusty Rhodes
  • WrestleMania XXIV - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena
  • Breaking Point 2009: “I Quit” Match - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena (Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2009-2010)
  • Hell in a Cell 2010: Hell in a Cell Match - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
  • WrestleMania XXVII - Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
  • SmackDown 5/6/11: Randy Orton vs. World Heavyweight Champion Christian
Blu-ray Exclusive Matches (source: Silvervision)
  • Royal Rumble 2009: The Royal Rumble Match
  • The Bash 2009: Three Stages of Hell Match - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Triple H
  • Over the Limit 2011: World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Christian

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