Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio are two of WWE’s most stalwart veterans on the roster for their abilities to put on solid matches with just about anybody. However, Orton has been out of action since last September due to a severe shoulder injury, as Del Rio returned to the WWE in October after more than a year away. And with the company’s next pay-per-view over a month away in the form of Battleground, it appears one won’t be on the card for sure, while the other is up in the air.
Ringside News is reporting that Orton, who was thought to be returning sooner than later, is not being advertised until August. It should be noted that Orton is being booked in tag matches for that particular live event tour, which is somewhat of an indication that WWE will be easing him back into the rigors of life in the ring. The question still remains whether Orton will be back in time for a match at SummerSlam, as his advertised dates aren’t until late August, with SummerSlam airing on August 21.
The Inquisitr noted on Monday that Orton’s 2012 Hell In A Cell opponent, Alberto Del Rio, suffered an injury during the Money in the Bank ladder match on Sunday. He did indeed take a nasty bump in his final spot of the match and had to be helped out of the arena by medical personnel. Wrestling Inc noted that Del Rio was taken to a local medical facility in Las Vegas for a knee examination. Del Rio was permitted to travel to Monday’s episode of RAW in Phoenix, but obviously, was not used. It is not yet known whether he was kept off the show for precautionary reasons or if the injury is preventing him from competing.
As far as Battleground is concerned, the news on Orton pretty much guarantees he won’t have a match on the card, especially with his SummerSlam status still uncertain. Meanwhile, Del Rio will have some work to do to get on the card next month as well. It became more and more evident that Alberto was the biggest long shot in the Money in the Bank ladder match, and this injury (however severe) will delay anything Vince McMahon and the creative team had planned for him, if there was anything to begin with.
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