What do WWE legend Randy Orton’s tattoos mean? From touching tribute to wife on finger to sleeve honouring his kids


WWE legend Randy Orton is covered in tattoos and some of them mean more to him than others.

The self-proclaimed Greatest Wrestler Ever is seen as a rock solid icon to many of his fans but dig a little deeper and his inkings show he has a soft side.

Orton’s finger tattoo is a touching tribute to his wife.

He had the inking shortly after marrying Kimberley Kessler in 2015 during his time away from wrestling with injury.

The pair had matching tattoos on their fingers with Randy having ‘Kim’ and a heart shape with his wife having his name with a matching heart after.

They recently hit headlines after Orton posted a topless selfie of them both as part of a romantic Instagram post.

The Viper tied the knot with Kim in Las Vegas and is very appreciative of his partner, with whom he shares daughter Brooklyn Rose.

The couple have a further four children between them from previous relationships and in honour of Wife Appreciation Day, Orton shared a long romantic ode to his beloved.

His finger tattoo may tug at people’s heartstrings but Orton’s tribal looking barbed-wire style piece on his upper back and across his shoulders is not quite as sentimental.

He got the piece during his Ohio Valley Wrestling days and his since admitted it “means nothing”.

But he did reveal a stomach churning story about the inking in a past interview with the WWE.

He said: “I was wrestling all the time and it had no time to heal, so it became this big, bloody scab.

“It was horrible; every two weeks I’d go in to have it retouched because I kept ruining it.”

On his right arm, Orton had a tattoo that read “United States Marine Corps” but had it covered up after his bad conduct discharge.

He now has a bible passage from Peter 5:8 that reads: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

On his left arm, Viper has another artwork dedicated to his family.

But this time it is in the shape of a rose.

Under the red and green flower is his daughter’s name ‘Alanna’ with her birthday in Roman numerals underneath.

In a touching past statement, Orton said: “I have a rose here.

“The only colour on any of my pieces is for my daughter Alanna, and her birthday there in the Roman numerals.

“That’s the centerpiece, that’s what they all culminate to – is that rose right there on my arm for my daughter.”

Despite the clear emotional connection to his family, Orton has remained coy on the full meaning behind the pieces in the past.

He said: “It probably took 40-50 hours. I do have a lot of meaning behind it, and that’s the reason I got it done.

“The tribal work I had before had no meaning behind it.

“No meaning whatsoever, and I kind of wanted to put something on my body that had some meaning and it does, and that’s for me, my wife and my family.

“As far as the meaning, I don’t want to tell everyone what it means. They can look, they can enjoy them, but the meaning is for me.”


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