This past Monday on WWE RAW, Randy Orton was completely destroyed by his former faction “The Authority” and written off of WWE television so he can film The Condemned 2, which begins shooting on November 11.
There has been speculation that Orton won’t be at the Survivor Series event that’s taking place on November 23 in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
On this week’s WWE Main Event, WWE play-by-play announcer Michael Cole said that Orton has been experiencing “concussion-like symptoms” following an attack from Seth Rollins and The Authority. Cole also said that Orton will miss several weeks of action and he will not be a part of either Survivor Series team.
The Orton injury storyline is nearly identical to the Dean Ambrose storyline that took place several months ago where Rollins “Curb-Stomped” Ambrose, causing Ambrose (in storyline) to miss several weeks of action, when in reality he was filming a movie for WWE.
If Orton is to miss Survivor Series, WWE would have a hard time replacing him, as they are lacking established main-event talent due to injuries and incompetent booking. Furthermore, The Condemned 2 is a WWE Films production, so if WWE wants Orton for Survivor Series, even if they’re not done filming the movie, they’ll be able to get him at Survivor Series.
There’s a slight chance that Roman Reigns could be making his return from injury at Survivor Series, however, the chances of that happening are very slim, as WWE probably doesn’t want to rush their “air-apparent” to John Cena back into action before he’s completely ready.
It’s likely that Orton will be making his return at the Survivor Series event in St. Louis, as their would be not better place to kick off Orton’s baby-face run. Orton may attempt to get revenge on The Authority and force them out of power (in storyline), as Vince McMahon made his return to WWE television this past Monday on RAW and announced that should Triple H and Stephanie’s team lose at Survivor Series, they’ll be taken out of power.
There’s also a chance that Triple H could be making his return to the ring to represent his own team as the stakes have now been raised, but there hasn’t been any tease of an in-ring return for The Game as of yet.
WWE Survivor Series will take place on November 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and it’s live and free on the WWE Network.
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