14-Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is currently out of action with a back injury.
He hasn’t wrestled since May 2022 and was written off WWE programming after a vicious storyline assault by Roman Reigns.
Orton underwent a lower back fusion surgery, which resulted in the original plan for the SummerSlam 2022 main event being canceled – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Randy Orton for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
In a recent interview with Bill Apter, Randy’s father, WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, revealed that the Doctors have advised Randy to retire for the sake of his health.
Below is what Bob said:
“He’s training, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. If he feels like he’s ready to go back, I think he might, but again he’s pretty well taken care of.
I don’t think he need to. And I think the doctors have told him not to. But Randy will do what Randy wants to do.”
Later, Kurt Angle reported that Orton has recovered from the back injury and will return soon.
Below is what Angle said on his podcast:
“Doing good man. He recovered from his back surgery. I think he’s gonna come back pretty damn soon. He’s doing much better, yes.”
In an update, WRKD Wrestling is reporting that Orton’s return could take place as soon as this Saturday’s Money In The Bank 2023 premium live event in London, England:
“Randy Orton is expected to be nearing a return, possibly even as soon as this weekend’s Money In The Bank.”
Orton’s last match took place on the May 20th 2022 episode of SmackDown, where he and Matt Riddle (together known as RK-BRO) lost the RAW Tag Team Titles to then SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos.
Last year, The Legend Killer said in an interview that his RKO finishing move is starting to take a toll on his body:
“I’ve been doing it for a very long time and I kind of wish I could go back in time and create a finishing move that didn’t entail me jumping up as high as I can and landing on my back.
After doing that a couple of thousand times over the last few decades, I’m starting to feel it.”
The Viper turned 43 years old on April 1st.
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