#News: Tony Khan and Randy Orton Exchange Words On Twitter

It feels like just yesterday I spoke on the power of social media when it comes to this current climate in pro wrestling. And yet here we are, another day another social media exchange… but the parties involved (Tony Khan and Randy Orton) is what makes this story different from others.

While most of us have been giddy about the idea of CM Punk being back in the WWE, sort of, the former 434-day reign WWE Champion has been enjoying his newfound attention since being back in the realm of pro wrestling. So before his debut tonight on WWE Backstage, Punk decided to make an unprecedented move… tweet some very powerful people.

To the naked eye, it seems the Chicago-native isn’t messing around when it comes to being the best version of himself on the FOX produced show but to others, Punk is putting his co-hosts Renee Young, Paige and Booker T, FOX themselves, WWE honcho Vince McMahon and AEW President Tony Khan on notice: he’s not pulling any punches. And it looks like the latter wasn’t holding back either replying to Punk under the thread with Vince and FOX involved…

And fresh off his newly minted contract, WWE lifer Randy Orton struck back swiftly digging up an old report on Tony’s father when he was being investigated for corruption:

From there, all bets were off:

While the 14-time World Champion bypassed Tony’s dig at his Twitch stream, it seems like Tony took a class from The Elite on how to reply to trolls on Twitter. This continues to be the best time to be alive for pro wrestling fans and these two men proved that with this exchange.

While WWE is notorious for ignoring situations like this, it will be interesting if AEW Dynamite will have a segment highlighting this exchange. Tonight’s WWE Backstage has just become a little more interesting…

Caul’s Call

What can I say about this exchange? We have the elite social media heel troll in Randy Orton and the loving babyface owner Tony Khan going at it during WWE Monday Night RAW. I want more. I want to see more exchanges like this on a regular basis. Imagine WCW vs. WWE on Twitter during the height of the Attitude Era? The possibilities would’ve been endless. For now, we will enjoy this and what is to come. But you know who the real winner is in all of this? CM Punk. The man has had 1 week and already causing havoc across the board. Well played Mr. Brooks, well played. 

John Caul is a longtime wrestling fan since the Attitude Era. A former color commentator for several independent companies and former owner of independent wrestling company Imperial World Wrestling, John currently spends his time interacting with wrestling fans on Twitter while enjoying podcasts such as Cheap Heat and Jobber Tears.