As everyone remembers at the Survivor Series, Shane McMahon took a really nasty bump during his attempt at a Coast-to-Coast on Roman Reigns. In the middle of it, Reigns was supposed to spear him but something got lost in the shuffle and Shane took a very nasty bump on the back of his head. He instinctively kicked out of the pin but the ref waved it off anyway and he was quickly taken to the back. Keen eyes also noticed Randy Orton going over to Shane's family immediately afterwards and it was reported that he had said something to comfort them. In an interview with CBS Sports, Orton confirmed what had happened:
While he may describe himself as "kind of an a------," Orton clearly values family these days. He likes and appreciates Styles and Wyatt for being good fathers. Orton's appreciation for family came through in an unexpected moment at November's Survivor Series event when, during a match, Shane McMahon (son of WWE honcho Vince McMahon) appeared to be knocked out during a match in which Orton was one of his partners. Breaking character during a live broadcast, Orton approached McMahon's children at ringside to comfort them.
"I know what it's like to be in his position and I know what it's like to be in his family's position, because I've been on both sides growing up in the business," Orton explained. "Especially having my kids ringside when I've been hit a little too hard, maybe, if you know what I mean, or got a gash across the top of my head in a ladder match. I know that the kids worry. And I knew where they were sitting and I also knew that the match was gonna slow down to tend to Shane and make sure he was alright. So I just thought you know what? What better use of my time for the next 15 seconds than to go over there and talk to his kids and make sure they're cool?"
Orton had a brief chat with McMahon's children at ringside and told them not to worry.
"I told them their dad was a champ and he was a tough dude, and he's fine, and it's just part of what we're doing right now, kids. Don't worry about it. And they smiled and the wife was happy, and everything was cool," he explained.
After the fact, it dawned on Orton that he may have been caught on camera breaking character.
"At first I was like 'Oh man, I'm blowing my gig, I can't be that guy,'" he said. "But at the same time, that's who I am. The people got to see a little side of me and that's the nurturing father figure that I am for my kids."