Something has been missing on WWE television in the last several months. Due to all the injuries that took place, it was easy to forget about any WWE superstar that went down. Most recently, John Cena and Seth Rollins returned from injury and are immediately making an impact. Rollins is fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank. Cena is taking on AJ Styles in one of the most anticipated matches in recent memory.
The one man that was missing is Randy Orton. He didn’t have a memorable departure to the injured list, such as being written off television. The Viper has been gone so long that many fans forgot he was even out. His rather quiet nature on social media didn’t lend anybody clues as to when he would return. That was until a few weeks ago. Orton told a fan that he would return sooner, rather than later.
It appears that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion was not lying. As he recovers from his shoulder injury, the WWE roster has persisted and young guys are making the “new era” must-see. It’s unknown as to who Orton will feud with when he returns, but it is looking it will be after the WWE brand split occurs.
According to WrestleZone, Randy Orton is being scheduled for WWE live events in the coming months.
“Randy Orton has been out with a shoulder injury since 2015, but is scheduled for upcoming WWE live events. Orton is expected to return to the ring soon.
“Orton is advertised as the top star for the live event at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, August 28th. There are other names advertised but could change due to the brand split in July. Tickets for the live event are on sale now.”
Since it will be after the brand split, it’s unknown as to what show Orton will be on. The live event advertisement doesn’t specify the show. That will allow the WWE Universe to guess. When the opponent is revealed in the next round of advertisements for those WWE live shows, then that will give the fans a better glimpse into what show it is.
Randy Orton hasn’t been in the best of graces recently, especially after Brad Maddox dropped the bombshell of his rumored “bullying” backstage. Here was the former WWE employee’s accusation of Orton being a bully.
“Randy [Orton] would get angry at something in a match. I remember a few instances when I was a referee, so I was in [the Gorilla Position] a lot of the time. A few times he would say things or threaten other guys, like right there in Gorilla, and I would be standing there with my eyes wide open, not believing that he is saying this in front of all the producers and in the same room with Vince. I was kind of amazed by that.”
It’s no secret that Orton’s been linked to negative behavior in the past, but Maddox’s words against Orton are a first. Everyone’s opinion will be different as a WWE superstar, especially in your position with the company. Will the veterans treat the rookies the same way as they do other veterans? That’s a subjective opinion.
Randy Orton’s WWE return will be well received by the fans no matter what rumors get started backstage. Nobody went to the defense of Maddox in support of his accusation. It was probably something that happened and Maddox took it the wrong way. In just a few months, or possibly even less, the Viper will be back in a WWE ring. Hopefully, he stays away from the injury bug for the rest of his career, but he does have a history of shoulder problems.
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