To make it as a top star in the competitive world of WWE you have to have a certain personality. Intense, driven people with big egos usually prosper in the world's biggest wrestling promotion.
Unfortunately, while for the most part these big personalities are able to get along and work together, tensions do boil over at times. Especially, it seems, if your name is Randy Orton.
That's according to former WWE Superstar Brad Maddox, at least. Speaking on the Pancakes and Powerslams Podcast, the ex-RAW general manager revealed the threatening behaviour The Viper doles out behind the scenes - even in the presence of WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
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"Randy [Orton] would get angry at something in a match. I remember a few instances when I was a referee, so I was in [the Gorilla Position] a lot of the time," Maddox explained.
"A few times he would say things or threaten other guys, like right there in Gorilla, and I would be standing there with my eyes wide open, not believing that he is saying this in front of all the producers and in the same room with Vince. I was kind of amazed by that."
It is unclear exactly when these threats were supposed to have taken place, but they don't paint Orton in a particularly good light regardless.
Frustration is understandable in any high-pressure environment, but to call out your fellow wrestlers so dramatically in front of the WWE hierarchy seems rather unprofessional.
If Maddox is telling the truth - and there is no reason why he would make up such claims about Orton - it is also quite surprising that McMahon appears to have allowed Orton to get away with his threatening behaviour without any punishment.
Having been one of the WWE's biggest names for over a decade, however, perhaps The Viper has earned himself a little leeway when it comes to venting his frustration. Still, it has to make for a slightly awkward atmosphere in the locker room.
Orton, of course, has been away from that locker room for some time now after injuring his shoulder at the tail end of 2015.
He is expected back at some point in the next couple of weeks, though. With so many new Superstars having arrived on the main roster since the 36-year-old last wrestled, maybe they should take note of Maddox's claims and prepare themselves should they be given the opportunity to share the squared circle with Orton.
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