To no one's surprise, Randy Orton recently re-signed with WWE, and by the time it expires in 2024, he will have been with the company for nearly two and a half decades.
This came after Orton teased jumping to All Elite Wrestling, where he has a fair amount of close acquaintances, on social media. As refreshing as it would have been to see him in a different environment for the first time in his career, there's no denying the massive impact he's had on WWE since his 2002 debut and the value he still has as a performer.
The days of Orton reigning as a world champion are likely over, but that doesn't mean he can't continue to serve as a stepping stone for the talent of tomorrow. He's mostly been a background player for the past year but has been elevating other Superstars his entire career. Other than Triple H and John Cena (who were already main event players when they went to war with him), almost everyone Orton has lost to over the years has been better off for it.
That can be credited to his innate ability to make his opponents look great and feel like they're on his level. From Aleister Black to Ricochet, there's many more superstars who have a lot to gain from feuding with him in the future, but the following 10 notable names were the first to benefit from being put over by Orton.
Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.