As fans know, Randy Orton was written off television this week due to a severe back injury.
While it's still unclear what the timetable is for Orton's return, there were some big plans for him in this year's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Creative is preparing several angles in the hope that he will be in action for WrestleMania 28, although that seems unlikely for now.
Regarding Randy Orton, there have been a number of different ideas on how to handle his injury creatively, since at one point he was set to win the Royal Rumble in his hometown of St. Louis.
Officials have discussed having Orton do a surprise return late in the Rumble, win it and then take more time off to heal leading into WrestleMania 28.
Keeping him off the Rumble and having him return around Elimination Chamber to set up his WrestleMania match has also been discussed.
WWE superstars have a tendency to return to action as soon as possible—especially if it means a WrestleMania payday.
If Orton is back in time, expect him to be inserted into a championship match.
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