Hardcore Holly says Randy Orton was given stiff beatings every night when he debuted

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The Attitude Era is a time that literally millions of wrestling fans remember fondly, so much so, that they seem to pine for it nearly two decades on from it.

Of course, stars like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and many more rose to fame during that period, but there was plenty of interesting midcard stars that made the time so memorable, too.

How about a wrestling pimp, The Godfather? A wrestling porn star, Val Venis? It seems a lot of wrestlers were full-time somethings who beat people up in their spare time.


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Hardcore Holly originally started out that way, too. As Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Holly was a NASCAR driver turned wrestler. As you do.

It's often midcard guys like Holly who have the best stories to tell from their days with the company, and the former multiple-time Hardcore champion appeared as a guest on Sean Waltman's X-Pac 1,2,360 show this week to divulge some of his tales.

Holly came under intense criticism when he appeared to drive a Tough Enough contestant, Matt Cappotelli, to tears after roughing him up in the ring during season three. After answering X-Pac's question around the matter, he went to reveal he gave Randy Orton the same treatment every night when he debuted with the company.

"I did the same thing with Randy Orton on a nightly basis, because that's what they asked me to do. Randy, not one time, not one time complained about me being too rough with him. That's just the way I wrestle a lot of times, because I don't mind it back. If I'm going to do something to you, I'm fine with it back, and that's the way it is in wrestling.

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