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Orton needs to tame his ring rage
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Randy Orton

"WWE has taken action against Randy Orton for unprofessional conduct." And this from Jim Ross' blog: "Randy is a talented and good-hearted kid but he has to make better choices, especially when it comes to anger issues."

Simple statements, really. Ambiguous, for sureand certainly failing to address the rumours that occupied so much space on wrestling websites this week.

The truth is Orton, a young wrestler with considerable talent, is in hot water again. Still scheduled to take part in the main event of tonight's Backlash pay-per-view -- involved in a Fatal Four Way match against champion John Cena, Edge and Shawn Michaels -- Orton, if you believe the rumours, did considerable damage to a hotel room on WWE's European tour. He was sent home.

At some point, we all grow up. As a WWE superstar, Orton has to carry the image of a professional -- not a spoiled brat.

It's time to put up or shut up. If Orton can't conform to the unwritten (and some written) rules, maybe it's time he moved on ... and then, perhaps only then, will he realize the error of his ways.

BACKLASH: Other matches at Backlash: Bobby Lashley vs. Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and Umaga (3 vs. 1 handicap match); The Undertaker vs. Batista (Last Man Standing); The Hardy Boyz vs. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch; Chris Benoit vs. MVP; and Melina vs. Mickie James.

BAD, BAD BOY: As a teenager, all Ken Doane wanted to do was become a pro wrestler. He would save his lunch money and hitchhike to Boston to train with Killer Kowalski. Now he's 21, with eight years of wrestling experience already. It's no wonder he has been cast as Kenny Dykstra. He grew up adoring heels. "I liked the cocky, arrogant bad boys. Owen Hart, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Bam Bam Bigelow, Barry Horowitz."

STONE COLD TRUTH: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin happens to be my favourite wrestler (Nature Boy Ric Flair runs a close second, and running third is a multiple-tie collection of our Canadian lads -- Edge, Chris Benoit, Christian Cage, etc.). I had a one-on-one interview with Austin this week and, as always, it was no B.S. from the Texas Rattlesnake. Check out tomorrow's Suns for a full-page Q and A feature with Austin, whose movie, The Condemned, opened in theatres yesterday.