Orton is born in Knoxville, TN despite being billed from St. Louis, Mo during his wrestling career. He is the oldest of three siblings. Orton’s interest in wrestling develops while watching his father, Bob Orton throughout his childhood.
I have to put my father over because he really taught me a lot, especially when it comes to out-of-the-ring psychology and how to react when you’re approached by fans after a show or in the airport. It might sound silly, but a lot of those things come into play when you’re playing a character.