Randy Orton and the WWE don’t appear to be on the best of terms right now.
After an impressive match against Chris Jericho on Sunday’s pay-per-view special, Orton has reportedly taken exception with how the WWE has been giving little attention to his character development.
Daily Wrestling News reported that Randy Orton has been putting on a good face for the WWE and appearing in all events he’s asked to, but behind the scenes, he is growing tired of the WWE and need a break.
The site noted:
“While he’s still headlining events, Randy Orton has not been a big factor in WWE in recent weeks and this has him unhappy. As a result, he recently asked management about taking some time away from the ring by the end of the year in order to rejuvenate.”
Orton joins a growing number of superstars who have problems with the WWE in the next year. CM Punk is the most visible example as years of packed bookings left his body in shambles and led him to walk away from the WWE earlier this year. Fansided notes that there are others — including Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, and Batista — to grow frustrated with the WWE this year.
This also isn’t the first rumor that Randy Orton is unhappy with the WWE. Earlier this month, RingSide News reported that Orton was feeling run down after his workload increased with the departure of CM Punk and injuries to some other WWE superstars.
The outlet reported:
“As a result, he recently asked management about taking some time away from the ring by the end of the year in order to rejuvenate. WWE considers their roster “thin,” especially in regards to the number of top-flight wrestlers they have available. It is said that the absences of Daniel Bryan and Batista is standing in the way of Orton being granted some time off. To pacify him, Orton has been told that his character will be emphasized more on television. This probably won’t satisfy him though.”
The tension between Randy Orton and the WWE could reflect a greater dissatisfaction with Vince McMahon, whose decisions have come into question lately. McMahon has faced criticism both on his rollout of the WWE Network and his management of the organization’s talent.
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