Hes one of the most popular superstars in the WWE, but he has never been the subject of a DVD release until now. This 3-disc set takes an in-depth look at WWEs Apex Predator from Elimination Chamber through the road to WrestleMania and Ortons brutal bout with CM Punk. Along the way, fans learn about the Viper in and out of the ring as he reflects on his career to date. Family and opponents contribute never-before-seen interviews about Ortons past, present, and future. In addition the set is packed with some of Ortons most memorable matches and moments from his career.

Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
Year: 2011
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Run time: 540 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: 1

The documentary is setup differently than the usual sit-down interview about his career type that we normally get as it’s similar to how Jeff Hardy’s “My Life, My Rules” or similar Steve Austin’s “Hell Yeah!” where it’s based around following him with a behind the scenes look at him during a certain time period while also telling his story. It was the period between the Elimination Chamber & WrestleMania 27 PPV’s in this case where we saw Orton on the road, backstage at events, at home with his family, and doing promotional work (radio, Axxess, ect.) while Orton recalls various flashbacks in his career.

Orton beings to talk about how he was interested in getting into the business back in 1999 leading to going to OVW developmental territory the same time John Cena & Batista & Brock Lesnar were there along with him having a cocky arrogant attitude that makes Orton himself admit that he was an “jerk.” This run in Evolution was discussed from how he was handpicked by Flair & Triple H leading to backstage jealously regarding his spot on the roster before talking about how his own bad attitude got in the way of his success. His successful run as the Legend Killer leading to becoming the youngest World Champion in history was discussed before going back in time to tell the story about how he didn’t didn’t originally want to follow in his dad’s footsteps & the story behind Orton going A.W.O.L. from the military.

Orton’s drug problem was discussed in heavy detail next from his suspension to what was the one thing that made him turn his life around & how he incorporates elements of this period into his current “Viper” character before going into his run with Dibiase & Rhodes in “Legacy” to being seen as a locker room leader close out the documentary.

Track Listing

I Am Randy Orton
The Road to WrestleMania Begins
Preparing for the Chamber
Embarking on a Path of Destiny
Training Days
The Elimination Chamber
Facing the Media
The Next Diamond
Signs of Trouble
Dealing with Injuries
The Legend Killer
The Man of Destiny
Punked Out
Coming Home
A Hard Lesson to Learn
Evening the Odds
The Mecca
The Price and Reward of WrestleMania
Making a Difference
Dark Days
Madison Square Melee
Randy’s Redemption
Axxess to the Apex Predator
Legacy
The Day Has Arrived…
I Won’t Be Your Hero
The Evolution of Randy Orton

Matches

Randy Orton vs. Slick Robbie D
OVW Christmas Chaos – January 31, 2001

Randy Orton vs. Hardcore Holly
SmackDown – April 25, 2002

Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
Unforgiven – September 21, 2003

Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam
Armageddon – December 14, 2003

Handicap Tag Team Match
Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Batista vs. The Rock & Mick Foley
WrestleMania 20 – March 14, 2004

Hardcore Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley
Backlash – April 18, 2004

Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Edge
Vengeance – July 11, 2004

Handicap Casket Match
Randy Orton & “Cowboy” Bob Orton vs. The Undertaker
No Mercy – October 9, 2005

Disc 3 – Matches

Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
Vengeance – June 25, 2006

Legend Killer vs. Legend
Randy Orton vs. Hulk Hogan
SummerSlam – August 20, 2006

Texas Bull Rope Match
Randy Orton vs. Dusty Rhodes
The Great American Bash – July 22, 2007

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena
WrestleMania 24 – March 30, 2008

“I Quit” Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Breaking Point – September 13, 2009

Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Hell in a Cell – October 3, 2010

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
WrestleMania 27 – April 3, 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Christian
SmackDown – May 6, 2011

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:33:1 aspect ratio. The WWE has never looked so good on television until it hit HD and now with more and more releases coming to Blu-ray from WWE. This is a vivid and colorful presentation all around showing off how good sports presentation can look on home video. Having watched the DVD version and now the Blu-ray, there are no artifacts or compression as present on the DVD version.

Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I can not complain one bit about the audio and how well the PPV sounds with a good surround setup. My one complaint is that this should have been in DTS-HD MA as all high definition releases should be. Entrance music is what stood out very well. The commentary came through the center with no issues sounding clean and clear.

Print Quality: 9/10

Final Thoughts

The matches are worth the price of admission alone. I always knew Randy Orton was one of the most talented superstars on the roster, but this Blu-ray proves that he can pull a good match out of almost anyone.

Overall Rating: 9/10