Randy Orton will return to WWE programming at WWE Battleground next Sunday. During the PPV, The Viper will be the guest of Chris Jericho on "The Highlight Reel" to discuss his return to WWE, his injury status, and his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar at Summerslam next month. After Summerslam, it's unclear what Orton will be doing on WWE television.
Meanwhile, The Club is deadlocked in a feud with John Cena, which has brought Big Cass and Enzo Amore into the rivalry. At WWE Battleground, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows will face Cena, Enzo, and Cass in a six-man tag team match. No matter who wins that match, the score isn't settled between Cena & Styles. WWE will most likely give us Cena vs. Styles one more time at Summerslam. After that, there is no clear direction for either character on WWE TV going into the fall of 2016.
The expectation for the WWE Universe is that Orton will lose his match against Brock Lesnar. Many people are also expecting John Cena to get the win and end the rivalry with AJ Styles at Summerslam, which makes sense considering AJ is the heel. We don't know exactly what's going to happen with next week's WWE Draft and where we'll be after the brand split, but WWE may have a plan to give too WWE superstars another great feud after Summerslam to help boost their momentum after big losses.
We already knew from previous reports that AJ Styles and John Cena are set to be two of the top stars on Shane McMahon's SmackDown. However, this rumor brings more information to light that Orton will most likely be joining them on Tuesday nights after the WWE Draft and brand extension.
"I think Randy Orton right now would be pretty cool for me. He's somebody I look up to. We're about the same age but he's been on TV for a long time so it'd be pretty cool to get in there with him."The interesting dynamic is that as much as Orton vs. Styles is the focal point of the rivalry, it's really a three on one feud as Cena vs. The Club has been. So, WWE would also focus on Anderson vs. Orton & Gallows vs. Orton. The Viper would have to get through The Club just to get to AJ Styles. That is what is making The Club one of WWE's most dangerous stables.
In WWE, Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles may not have the same history or importance as Cena vs. Styles, but it has great potential to be something amazing, especially with a healthy Orton back in a WWE ring. If this is what WWE officials have planned after Summerslam, WWE programming isn't going to miss a beat as far as SmackDown is concerned.
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