Randy Orton has admitted he initially had no interesting in working with Drew McIntyre last year, but thoroughly enjoyed their feud over the WWE Championship.
Orton and McIntyre would engage in a lengthy and enjoyable rivalry over the WWE Title last year in a feud that would last from SummerSlam into the Autumn. Orton would win his 14th WWE Championship at Hell In A Cell 2020, before dropping it back to the Scotsman on Raw a couple of weeks later.
The Viper has revealed that he originally had no desire to lock up with McIntyre but, as they worked together throughout the program, learned more about his opponent and grew to enjoy his time in the ring with McIntyre.
Speaking on Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions, Orton said: "Originally, I had no interest in being in there with him. We got closer and closer and closer and closer, and he grew on me. We had three or four pay-per-view matches and I slowly learned more about this guy.
"I've gotten to know him to a point where I know he's got a good heart and I know he loves this business. I know that this business, that I have, it's given it to me. And he feels the same way. So here we are. Let's do what we can to elevate each other and make what we love as great as we can.
"For me to be a threat to you. Yeah, that helps me, but now you've got a hole to climb up and overcome. It's the best of both worlds. We eventually got there, but it took a couple of months to get there. He's good in my books."