The reason behind Randy Orton’s 60-day unpaid suspension back in April has finally been revealed – and it was revealed by Randy Orton himself. As it turns out, the “straw that broke the camel’s back” that lead to his suspension was when he decided to smoke a rolled marijuana cigarette backstage at the March 28, 2006 SmackDown taping in The Kemper Arena in Kansas City prior to WrestleMania. Bruce “Brother Love” Prichard found out about it and he notified WWE officials. Orton was already in hot water with management and that action was the final straw that lead to his 60-day suspension.
Orton revealed the reasoning behind his suspension in the September 2006 issue of WWE Magazine – which features Trish Stratus on the cover. Here is Orton’s response regarding the suspension:
Why are you always acting like such an ass?
I’m not anymore. Not since my 60-day unpaid suspension. My problems came to a head when I decided to smoke a joint and someone smelled it and stooged me off. You know who you are, so if you’re reading this, thanks. But I also had a few outbursts of anger on the road. I get loud and verbally abusive. But I’ve nipped that part of me in the bud.
I attended an anger management clinic in Atlanta. It cost 15 grand for a four-week stay. I had to live down there on the campus. The first week I was there, I was like, OK, I’ll do what I have to do to get out of here.” But then I started to realize, wow, I was wrong in a lot of these situations. I just got this reputation of being hard to work with, being a dick and everything in the book. But the truth is, I don’t flip out anymore.
Orton also talks about his run-ins with Rochelle Loewen and Amy Weber, being “God’s gift to women,” getting “too much too soon,” fines, and much more in the latest issue of WWE Magazine.